Tracking Showers, Cold Front Headed To NE Oklahoma

Thursday, August 18th 2016, 3:57 am
By: Alan Crone

A few showers and storms will be possible today as a weak mid-level disturbance moves from Texas into part of Oklahoma before exiting Friday to the northeast.   A northern stream system will bring a strong cold front into the state either late Friday night or Saturday morning with a round of storms followed by noticeably cooler air for the weekend.   The active pattern will remain for most of next week with no sign of any excessively hot weather across the state.   Highs today will be in the mid to upper 80s along with south winds near 10 to 15 mph. 

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We’re tracking a few showers this morning across the southern sections of the state and these will slowly move north and northeast through the midday hours.    Some additional showers and storms are likely to develop in a few spots later today and will persist through the late day and early evening hours across some, but not all locations.  The higher coverage will remain southeast of the metro but we’ll keep a mention for the metro later today.   The odds will remain on the low side.  The additional mostly to partly cloudy conditions will act to keep most daytime highs in the mid-80s.

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Overnight into pre-dawn Friday, the small amplitude wave will move eastward out of the state but not before generating a few additional showers or storms Friday morning to midday across eastern OK.   Lows tomorrow morning will be in the lower 70s with daytime highs near 88 to 92 across southeastern OK.

Friday a strong upper level trough will eject out of the western U.S. and a surface cold front will move across the central plains into the northwestern OK area by Friday afternoon.   A line of thunderstorm activity will be likely by late evening as these features near the state.   The current timing would bring some storm activity into the area after midnight into pre-dawn Saturday.   The timing for this period is still subject to change, so please check forecast information later today for any updates and changes.

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Most data are now “faster” with the frontal passage despite the broad upper trough linger to our north.   We’ll drop the probability for Sunday pops at this point but will keep the weekend temperatures mild with lows in the upper 6os Saturday morning and lower 60s Sunday morning.    Highs Saturday will be near 84 to 87 and Sunday near 83 to 86.     South winds will shift to the northeast Saturday and remain from the north Sunday.

Another northern stream system will near the state for the middle to end of next week with additional thunderstorm chances. 

Thanks for reading the Thursday morning weather discussion and blog.

Alan Crone