Good morning. We're watching the back edge of the winter storm exiting the region this morning, but the very cold arctic air will reside for the next 36 hours. Wind chill values this morning will range from -5 to -14 across northern OK and southern Kansas. Our friends from the NWS will continue a wind chill advisory through the noon hour today. Actual air temps will move into the upper teens or lower 20s with some sunshine and north winds. The pattern will remain active, but the air mass will modify quickly with some spring like temps arriving by the end of the week.
Before we continue with the discussion, a quick word of appreciation and thanks to my co-workers, and especially Dick Faurot. Last week I contracted a cold-sinus bug and it slowly began to erode my energy. By Wednesday morning, I had just enough voice to make it through the morning news, but by the afternoon had totally lost any ability to speak. Dick F covered my morning show shifts both Thursday and Friday to allow me time to "rest" my voice. Thanks to Mr. Faurot! Now back to the weather...
The shallow arctic air allowed for a mix bag of precipitation yesterday including freezing rain across far southeastern OK, and a sleet-snow mix across the northern third of the state. Amounts varied due to the precip type, but most locations picked up and two inches of a sleet-snow mixture with higher amounts on the OK-Kansas state line.
Afternoon temps today will remain very cold today with highs in the upper teens with Tuesday morning lows in the mid-teens and Tuesday afternoon highs nearing 40. There's a fast moving wave Tuesday that will move across the Lone Star State, but will remain too far south to impact our area.
Wednesday another system will move across Oklahoma with a chance of showers. Morning lows in the 20s will be followed by highs in the 40s.
Thursday and Friday appear warmer and breezy with highs in the 50s Thursday and the lower to mid-60s Friday!
This weekend should bring another wave into the state with a frontal passage Saturday afternoon with a chance of showers with highs near 50.
The extended pattern should support a spring-looking system near the eastern OK area by March 11th and 12th. This could support thunderstorms for the eastern sections of Ok and points east including Arkansas and the southern U.S.
The official high in Tulsa yesterday was 23 recorded at 2:17pm.
The normal daily average high is 58 and the low is 36.
Our daily records include a high of 82 from 1955 and a low of 3 from 1943.
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