A strong cold front is parked over eastern Oklahoma, and we’re in for a wide range of Wednesday temperatures as that front is going nowhere fast.
As of Wednesday morning, the leading edge of this early fall cold front has stalled out just east of Tulsa and the Highway 69/75 corridor, with cool & dry air behind it but warm & humid air ahead of it. With the upper level system driving this cold front also stalled out, we don’t expect this cold front to move much, if at all, to the east today. In fact, it may retreat a little bit to the west during the day.
That means we’ll have a huge range of temperatures with pleasant fall weather for some, but continued late summer warmth and humidity for others today. Areas west of Tulsa are looking at highs in the 60s to low 70s with a pleasant north breeze. With the front retreating a bit west toward Tulsa, we should see highs in the metro mostly in the 70s, but could be lower 80s on the east side toward Broken Arrow. And east of the Tulsa metro ahead of that front, it’ll be very warm and humid with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Keep in mind that with the Tulsa metro in the vicinity of that front, a small shift in either direction would lead to a big change in the forecasted temperatures.
Widely scattered showers and storms will continue as well, mostly west of Tulsa this morning. More widespread rain and storms will spread across a larger area of eastern Oklahoma by late in the day into this evening and tonight. Severe weather is not expected, with localized heavy rains the biggest concern.
With any luck, that front should nudge just a little further east by early Thursday morning, with a larger portion of eastern Oklahoma getting lows in the upper 50s to mid 60s (though still warmer in extreme southeast Oklahoma). Cloudier conditions and continued off-and-on rain will give more of Green Country a cool-down Thursday, with a mix of 60s and lower 70s for highs in most spots.
Rain chances will start to gradually diminish Friday, with some very pleasant temperatures left behind the gradually weakening cold front. We’re looking at highs in the 70s Friday afternoon! Highs will rebound to the 80s this upcoming weekend.
I hope you have a great Wednesday, Green Country! You can follow me on Twitter @StephenNehrenz as well as my Facebook page Meteorologist Stephen Nehrenz to stay up to date with the very latest.