Crisp, cold air has settled into the region as we say good-bye to the month of November. It turned out to be a rather nice month (earthquakes aside) with beneficial rains and no bouts of wintry weather. Tulsa ends the month with 5.37" of rain in the bucket, well over 2.0" above normal! Amidst a major drought, this is some substantial relief. We even saw several counties in far eastern Oklahoma be removed from the drought entirely!
To our east, a very strong, deep upper-level low is spinning across the Tennessee Valley. It even brought snow to portions of the Deep South with the warmer air being wrapped around to the northern part of the system! What a flip-flop! The map above shows you current snow cover across the country. Notice there is snow in the south, but North Dakota is snow-free! Weather is funny, isn't it?
There's no rain (or snow) in sight for the next couple days as we fall between storm systems. Temperatures will be the main story as another bitterly cold night lies ahead with temperatures falling between the mid-20s and upper teens for tonight's lows. Once we make it through tonight, *relatively* warmer temperatures return. Afternoon highs will approach 60 degrees on Thursday with no major dips below freezing until early next week.
Unfortunately, our weather won't be exactly ideal as we head into a big weekend here in Oklahoma. With the Bedlam game in Stillwater this Saturday, many folks are preparing to go cheer on their respective teams in the elements. What elements, you ask? Well, another strong upper level system will make a beeline to Oklahoma Saturday, which will be preceded by another cold front. That means a chilly air mass will be in place once precipitation breaks out on Saturday. The latest trends show just a rain event Saturday into early Sunday with enough warm air being drawn into the system here in central and eastern Oklahoma. That being said, the day will feel like anything but warm. Temperatures will be in the 40s, skies will be overcast, and rain and wind may add to the discomfort to all those at the game. Needless to say, wear those layers whether you're headed to Stillwater this weekend or out to do some Christmas shopping!
‘Tis the time of year when cold outbreaks become common and we become increasingly concerned about wintry weather. It may hold off for the weekend, but another cold spell will follow the system next week. It's just a matter of time before we see some flakes flying across Green Country as we move into the month of December!