Streak of Cool Weather Coming Up.

Saturday, March 26th 2011, 9:12 am
By: News On 6

At least some lucky folks in NE Ok picked up some useful rainfall from the showers and thunder early this morning. However, as you can see from the map on the right, most of us missed out once again. Our next decent chance for rain will be late Monday into the morning of Tuesday, but that system will not be the widespread, drought breaking sort of rainfall that our state needs.

In the meantime, look for temperatures to be much cooler than normal for a change; and not only today but for much of the coming week as well. In fact, temperatures will basically be holding steady today with N winds and cloudy skies keeping us from warming much if at all. That will keep most of us in the 40s to near 50 throughout the day today and not much if any warmer for Sunday. The exception will be the extreme southern counties south of I-40 where temperatures will be in the 50s to near 60.

Temperatures tonight will be tricky due to the lingering cloud cover. Even so, some of the colder valley locations could be near the freezing mark and a Freeze Watch is in effect for tonight. That means a light freeze may occur and any tender plants will require protection.

We may see a few breaks in the clouds on Monday, but with a NE wind temperatures will still struggle to get out of the 50s and temperatures that morning will also be in the 30s. Another disturbance aloft will be coming our way by Monday night with about a 50% chance of rain or thunder. Mostly cloudy skies and a return to northerly winds on Tuesday will keep us in the 50s yet again and we are not expecting to get out of the 50s during the day till along about Friday. I mention that because the mid 60s is normal for this time of year and because these cooler temperatures will be quite a contrast to the extremely warm temperatures that have been the general rule for much of this month.

Brisk southerly winds will be returning by Friday into the following weekend which will initiate a warming trend to start the month of April. So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot