A Blustery Day

Friday, April 15th 2011, 5:48 am
By: News On 6

A windy and blustery day is expected across northern OK with highs in the lower to mid 50s.  A few showers are possible later this afternoon along with very strong west to northwest winds of 20 to 40 mph.  Slightly warmer air is possible across southern OK with highs in the lower 60s.

 I'm running a little behind inter-office schedule this morning and will be forced to compose a "short" weather discussion this morning.  Please accept my apologies.

 The surface cold front is now east of the area along with the strong to severe storms.  The major upper level cyclone is spinning across central Kansas this morning and will bring a round of clouds back into the northern half of the state today with partly sunny conditions to the south.  Very strong gradient winds are likely with west to northwest winds of 20 to 40 mph across northeastern OK and higher wind speeds across northwestern OK where high wind warnings will be in effect for the day.

 Despite some dry air being drawn into the center of the cyclone, some wrap around shower activity is possible this afternoon across northeastern OK and southeastern Kansas as the low begins to move eastward.  NSSL 4KWRF data supports a decent shot of showers early this afternoon across northern OK.  I'll keep the probability near 30% for Tulsa, but this will be a higher chance across the extreme northern OK.

 The weekend looks very nice with mostly sunny and mild conditions.  Saturday's highs will be in the upper 60s after morning lows in the 30s with Sunday afternoon temps moving into the upper 70s.

 An active weather pattern will unfold next week with a chance of showers and storms including a few severe storm possibilities.  Higher chances may occur Tuesday night and also Thursday, but small chances will also be included for Monday afternoon.