Sunny Conditions Likely Friday, Chance Of Rain Saturday

Friday, July 3rd 2009, 10:36 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Sunny and hot conditions are likely Friday with highs in the upper 90s.

As of Friday morning, an area of rain and storm activity continues across far northeastern OK and northwestern Arkansas. This area of rain began around 2 a.m. Friday and is finally shifting eastward as the low level jet weakens and changes direction.

Moderate rainfall has resulted in localized drainage issues in a few spots, but much needed rainfall has occurred in these areas this morning.

Temperatures later Friday will stay in the lower 90s, while areas from Tulsa to the west will be in the upper 90s near 100.

Friday morning data suggests the Saturday front may arrive faster than indicated on previous runs. This would place a decent chance of storms near Tulsa by Saturday early evening, some of which may be strong to severe. The main threats will be damaging microburst of wind with some hail potential. This activity will lose much of its punch as the sun goes down, but some lingering storms will be possible into the early morning hours of Sunday.

Temperatures Sunday may only reach the upper 80s, and depending upon the optical thickness of cloud cover, possibly the mid 80s in some locations.

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