You're waking up to rain across extreme eastern OK but the cold front will rapidly moving east taking the rain out of the area very soon. Strong northwest winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour and chilly air will follow the frontal passage this morning. Temperatures will drop into the 40s for the next several hours before moving back into the lower 50s this afternoon. The clouds may stick around this morning through early afternoon but some sun breaks will be possible later.
The main upper level trough is moving across the central part of the nation this morning. A large area of snow occurred yesterday and last night across the northern high plains into the Upper Midwest. Rain and thunderstorm activity accompanied the trough across the southern plains including the Great State of Oklahoma. As the surface cold front progresses rapidly southeast this morning, dry and stable air will move across the central plains into northern Oklahoma this afternoon. Cloud cover across the state will thin out later today allowing partial sunshine by afternoon near and west of Tulsa. Strong northwest winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour will help create wind chill values in the 40s despite afternoon temperatures in the 50s.
Dry air, clear sky, and light winds will allow temperatures to drop into the mid-30s Thursday morning. Some frost is a possibility near northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas and a freeze watch is posted for some locations across portions of northern OK. The Tulsa county area is currently not in the watch. Be sure and check the Red Bar at the top of the web page for watch and warning information. Afternoon temperatures tomorrow will be in the lower 60s with light winds and abundant sunshine. I think Thursday may be the best weather day of the week! Friday will be just as nice, but increasing South winds at 10 to 15 miles per hour will occur Friday midday into the afternoon. Afternoon highs Friday will be in the mid-60s.
Another fast moving upper level disturbance will rotate across the central plains Saturday. This will shove a cold front southward across part of Kansas sometime early Saturday morning but the lack of low-level moisture will keep the forecast dry. Data this morning indicates the boundary may remain north of Oklahoma through the weekend. This would keep our winds from the south through the weekend with sunshine and afternoon highs in the lower 60s. South winds will increase at 10 to 15 miles per hour by Sunday midday and near 20 miles per hour by the afternoon. Daytime highs Sunday will be in the mid 60s.
The next system may impact the area sometime early next week. But at this point precip chances appear on the low side.
Yesterday's official high in Tulsa was 65 recorded at 11:18pm.
The normal daily average high is 66 and low is 44.
Records include a high of 87 from 1945 and a low of 20 from 1959.
Precipitation for the year is now at 30.40 inches compared to a year to date normal of 36.23. This yields a deficit of -5.83 inches.
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