Slow-Moving System Dropping Rain Across Eastern Oklahoma
TULSA, Oklahoma - Now that Christmas 2018 has come and gone, we’re turning windy and rainier across Green Country. Off and on rain marked Wednesday morning and early afternoon ahead of a stronger line of storms expected tonight.
Rain has been slowly making its way across the state and will continue spreading across eastern Oklahoma during the nighttime hours. We'll continue to see periods of moderate to occasionally heavy rainfall, and embedded rumbles of thunder are possible.
The heaviest rainfall is expected in the Tulsa area around 9 p.m. to midnight. Totals of 1-2 inches are possible. Totals will be larger farther south.
The risk of severe weather is very low although there may be flash flooding, especially in places that are prone to that. Be sure to stay weather aware if you have travel plans this evening.
In addition to the rain, it will turn even windier Wednesday night with southeast wind gusts of 30-40 mph - and possibly even up to 60.
Rain is expected to taper off through the early morning hours.
Gathering Place canceled its Holiday Market scheduled for Wednesday night due to the forecast.
Showers and storms will clear out of eastern Oklahoma during the very early morning hours of Thursday, but breezy conditions and well above normal temperatures will continue for one more day. We’ll hold in the 50s Thursday morning and climb back into the low 60s by Thursday afternoon as skies begin to clear. A strong south wind gusting to 25 miles per hour will become more westerly and northwesterly by late in the day, which will signal a shift to much colder weather to end the week.
Temperatures will fall very quickly Thursday evening, and by Friday morning we’ll be feeling much more like December again with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. It will stay quite chilly all day Friday with highs struggling to climb above 40 degrees.
A weaker storm system arrives over the weekend, potentially spreading some light snow across western Oklahoma on Saturday. There is at least a slight chance some light snow or flurries could make it into eastern Oklahoma on Saturday, however at this time we are not expecting much in the way of accumulation for our area. But check back for updates as the forecast becomes more clear for the weekend!
Have a great Wednesday, Green Country!
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