Warm and Potentially Wet Easter - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Warm and Potentially Wet Easter

Posted: Updated:

It's a big holiday weekend and the weather just might cooperate for outdoor plans – for the most part at least. Saturday, the winds will be "blowin' and a goin'" as some of my colleagues say, but the skies will be partly sunny and the temperatures will be mild. Easter Sunday, though, might be hit or miss.

Another storm system is pushing across the Southwest and will begin to cloud up our skies late in the day Saturday. Aside from an elevated fire danger, no weather issues are anticipated for the first half of the weekend. Moisture returns on Sunday, keeping us predominantly cloudy (although there might be a few breaks in the clouds for sunrise services). As the day progresses, showers and a few thunderstorms will try to progress from western and central Oklahoma. By afternoon, they could be widespread, but a constant rain is not anticipated. Enough instability will be in place for a few strong to severe storms, although the highest risk will likely set up further west near any frontal/dry line boundaries. The timeline for rain is show in the first several graphics.

This is not a very powerful system from a dynamics standpoint. Deep layer wind shear, necessary for the formation of supercell thunderstorms, will be weak. Basically, the winds in the jet stream won't be all that strong and not allow many storms to maintain their strength for long. We need the rain, though, and this could bring it to parts of Green Country by later in the day Sunday and into Monday.

The actual cold front will push through the region on Monday and bring another focus for showers and a few storms. Once again, the severe threat is low, but could be an issue for a few parts of southeast Oklahoma. If you've got an Easter egg hunt, picnic, family outing, etc, planned on Sunday, the chance of rain isn't high enough to cancel it necessarily. However, it would be wise to keep rain gear on hand. And as is always a good rule of thumb, if thunder roars, go indoors! Once again, Sunday evening is the most likely time for showers and a few storms in our part of the state.

Beyond the holiday weekend, we dry out and continue to warm up. This Easter system brings no real cool-down. In fact, the warming trend begins Tuesday and by Wednesday, gusty south winds and sunshine will push our readings well into the 80s. Another stronger storm system may affect us by later in the work week, and this one could bring severe weather. However, moisture return has been fairly limited so far this season, and that could determine if we see widespread storms or a few anemic showers instead.

In the meantime, have a blessed Easter! We'll keep you updated on any changes to the rain and storm threat. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, fellow Tweeps (@GroganontheGO) and like my page on Facebook!

Special Features

Bus Stop Forecast

Wondering if you’ll need rain gear for you morning bus trip or afternoon ride home? Ask Alan!

Eagle Cam

Get a bird's eye view from the Sutton Avian Research Center Live Bald Eagle nest camera.

Weather 101

Learn more about weather events that affect Oklahomans

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Mobile Alerts

    Get alerts sent to your cell phone or email when watches and warnings are issued for severe weather.

  • Radars

    See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

  • Osage SkyNews 6

    When there is breaking news across the state Osage SkyNews 6 can be first on the scene.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.