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Dick Faurot's Weather Blog: Nice Start To The Weekend

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After several days of warm, humid, unsettled weather, the sunshine and lower humidity levels of today were a pleasant change. The clear skies and much drier air also allowed for a chilly start to our day; but a nice rebound this afternoon as you can see on the max/min temperature map, courtesy of the OK Mesonet.

For perspective, our normal temperature range here in Tulsa for this date is 70/47 and for today we were 70/39.

Lots more cloud cover is expected for the weekend, along with a return to a SE breeze which will have an impact on temperatures.

We will not be as cold tonight with morning lows generally in the mid-upper 40s but the clouds will keep temperatures from warming up quite as much with daytime highs generally in the low-mid 70s. There will also be a slight chance of showers or storms, primarily for the far western counties of our state on Saturday.

Sunday will also have mostly cloudy skies and even milder temperatures, with morning lows generally in the lower 50s and daytime highs in the upper 70s along with a brisk SE wind.

There will also be a better chance of showers or storms, particularly late in the day and that night when a cold front is expected to be moving across the state. As that front moves on across the state early Monday, brisk northerly winds will bring another cool-down along with morning rain or showers which should be ending from N-S late in the day or that night.

So, the weekend does not look to be a wash out by any means as the best chances for rain will be Sunday night into the day Monday.

NE winds on Monday, together with the clouds and rain chances, will hold temperatures down, as you can see on our forecast page.

Tuesday and Wednesday look to rebound somewhat before another cold front arrives Wednesday night. That system will also have a chance of showers and storms followed by another cool-down for Thursday and Friday.

Since this is April, there is always the chance of a few severe storms with these systems in the coming days, but as of right now, the threat appears to be very low.

Also, the total rainfall potential in the coming week is still rather generous, as you can see on the 7 day QPF map. At least there is a decent shot at some good moisture across the state during that time period and hopefully that will verify for the more western counties in particular.

After that, the 8-14 day outlooks continue to suggest temperatures should average below normal for that time frame and the pattern also suggests a more stable one with fewer chances of showers/storms.

In the meantime, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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