The thunderstorms rolled across the area yesterday afternoon and evening with some pockets of damaging winds and heavy rainfall. This morning the left-overs are located across the eastern and southern sections of the state. A few spotty showers will be possible across or near northern OK for the next few hours. Later today some additional showers or storms will be possible across eastern OK with afternoon highs moving into upper 80s.
Another disturbance will be nearing the state later today. A trough located across the Midwestern part of the nation will clip the Missouri Valley. Some of the forcing with this feature will swing across eastern OK during the peak daytime heating time. Additional storms are expected to develop along the surface boundary currently near northern OK. This boundary should drop southward later this afternoon. These storms will more than likely also drop southward into the southern sections of Oklahoma later tonight. While we’ll keep a chance for some scattered showers or storms near the metro today and early afternoon, this means the higher chances for Friday night showers or storms may end up to the south of the metro.
The remainder of the 4th of July Holiday weekend will feature unsettled weather, but the focusing mechanisms for thunderstorm activity Saturday may be limited. We’ll lower the probability for the Saturday period, and increase the chances for early Sunday as another disturbance nears the state and the surface boundary begins lifting northward across the region. Significant low level moisture will remain available across part of eastern OK. The severe weather threat will remain very isolated and mainly in the form of a few damaging downbursts of wind. Pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall may occur in a few spots, but significant flash flooding is not likely for most locations. Temperatures this weekend will remain mild but below the seasonal averages for daytime highs. .
We may get a break Monday from the precipitation before a few additional storm chances will creep back into the forecast Tuesday and exiting early Wednesday. The southern sections of the state will have the lower chances Tuesday with the northern part of OK and southern Kansas with the higher chances.
Thanks for reading the shortened version of the Friday morning weather discussion and blog.
Have a safe day and a wonderful 4th of July weekend!