The cold front will sweep over the area this morning and early afternoon bringing fall like weather to the area. A few showers or storms will also be possible. Colder air will reside across the state through the weekend.
The much advertised cold front is located northwest of Tulsa this morning (5am) and will rapidly move southeast during the next few hours passing Tulsa around 10am and clearing southeastern OK around 2pm. Strong north winds will develop as the boundary passes your area and there will be a chance for some scattered showers or even a rumble of thunder behind the boundary.
Temps will be warmest during the morning hours across Northern OK and Southern Kansas including the Tulsa metro with readings falling from the into the lower 50s by afternoon. Temps will top out in the mid-70s across southern OK before the boundary slides across the area this afternoon allowing the temps to drop into the upper 50s by late this evening.
Dry air will move southward during the day and we may see some partial clearing late in the day across the northern third of the state. If this happens, we may see a slight temp "bounce" with temps going back into the upper 50s across Northern OK before dropping into the 40s around 7pm. Again, this is a low probability. We'll keep the on air forecast straight forward with temps this morning falling from 69 into the 56 degree range by 5pm tonight.
Early Friday morning any lingering showers will more than likely be to our south across southern OK or Northeast Texas. I'll remove the slight mention of Friday morning pops on the panel. Friday the sky should begin clearing from the northwest to the southeast during the early part of the day and temps will remain in the 50s for afternoon highs along with gusty northeast winds. Friday night football games will be dry but cold with game time temps in the 40s.
The dry air and clear sky will allow temps to drop into the upper 20s or lower 30s Saturday morning with some locations north of Tulsa below freezing. Highs Saturday afternoon should remain in the mid-50s with northeast surface winds circulating around a surface ridge of high pressure located across the central plains. The pressure gradient will not be as strong as Friday and our wind speeds should be in the 10 to 18 mph range.
Saturday night looks great for a big time college football game in Norman. The OU-Notre Dame match up will be played under clear sky and temps in the 40s. I mistakenly listed the game time yesterday as an afternoon start and failed to recognize the prime-time kick off of 7pm. My apologies for the confusion.
Sunday morning a wide spread freeze is possible with highs during the afternoon in the mid or upper 50s. Warmer air will return early next week with lows in the 40s and highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
Hurricane Sandy is looking more and more like a player for the east coast by the middle of next week. The system will be a hybrid storm by the time it reaches the higher latitudes, but could have a major impact across mid-Atlantic. Many details are yet to be known, but there will be a chance for hurricane force winds over some of the metropolis regions of the east coast along with damaging coastal flooding and tides. Inland, colder air over the Appalachians could help to produce winter precip on the far western side of the storm. We'll keep you posted.
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