Alan Crone: Warmer Weather Moving Into Northeast Oklahoma
Thursday, January 15th 2015, 4:09 am
By: Alan Crone
The small disturbance that caused some light mixed precip, including some snow, across northeastern OK yesterday afternoon and evening, is now exiting the area. Our long awaited pattern change is underway today. This will bring warmer air back to the state along with several days of mostly sunny conditions. This pattern should hold into the middle or even end of next week when additional colder air will arrive.
Yesterday morning started with some sunshine and cold temps that moved into the mid and upper 30s before the clouds thickened up and the light precipitation started to fall. No significant accumulations occurred in our immediate areas, but far western OK did report some 1 to 2 inch snowfall reports in a few locations, and small area of snow was reported across far northeastern OK and southeastern Kansas late last night. Most of the roadways across northern and eastern OK will be in good shape this morning, but if you are traveling across the far NE portion of the state into southeastern Kansas, use a little caution early this morning as any precip that fell late last night could result in a few slick spots on elevated surfaces. As I'm composing this post, we have one last small band of flurries moving across the northeastern OK area, including the Tulsa metro.
Today we'll begin to see the pattern change underway. We should have several days of mostly sunny and mild conditions with morning lows and daytime highs eventually moving well above normal. We have continued to project temperatures above the model output suggestions for the end of the week into the weekend, and we still think this will occur for a number of locations across the state soon.
Temps this morning will start in the lower 30s but should move into the upper 40s and a few lower 50s along with light southwest to west winds around 10 mph. The surface flow Friday should continue from the southwest with wind speeds near 15 mph and afternoon highs moving near or slightly above 60. This pattern will continue into the weekend despite a weak cold front that moves across part of northeastern OK Saturday night into Sunday bringing a minor cool down Sunday morning along with some north winds for a few hours.
Monday afternoon has the potential to be the warmest day with highs moving into the upper 60s across northern OK before another cold front arrives Tuesday or Wednesday with some colder air possibilities.
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