TULSA, Oklahoma -- Large hail and tornadoes are a possibility across eastern Oklahoma Thursday.
The News On 6 WARN team said a major upper level weather system is approaching from the west and is expected to bring with it a high threat of severe weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for 23 counties in western and central Oklahoma for Thursday.
A dryline, a boundary between moist and dry air along which storms form during the spring, could help trigger storms but also produce strong southwesterly winds of 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts.
"A really good chance of hail and damaging winds and a pretty high risk of tornadoes as well," News On 6 Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer said. "A few of those tornadoes could be strong."
The greatest risk of severe weather will from Tulsa to the east and is expected to occur late Thursday afternoon into the evening hours. Meyer said some locations could see up to baseball-sized hail.
Thursday's high is expected to reach 80 degrees. Warm temperatures, high winds and dry conditions before the system arrives means high fire danger on Thursday as well.
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