Sunny Friday Before Storm Systems Near Through The Weekend


Friday, January 22nd 2021, 4:55 am
By: Alan Crone


Hello Sunshine! But don’t get used to it. Clouds return tonight through the weekend as a storm system begins nearing our region. This will bring a mention for showers storms, mostly Sunday.

The big system we’ve been tracking west of the area for the entire week is now ejecting across the Red River and weakening quickly this morning. This may bring a few showers near or south for a short period, but no major impacts are likely. As the wave moves east, a surface cold front is moving south, and clouds will finally clear with returning sunshine and highs reaching the upper 40s and lower 50s along with northeast winds around 10 to 22 mph. Another strong looking system will quickly develop and move near the state this weekend bringing increasing rain and thunder chances to Eastern OK. A few strong to severe storms will be possible Sunday night into early Monday, mostly along the Red River Valley into northeast Texas. But if the system slows, this threat could migrate northward into eastern OK.

Highs Today

The weekend continues to look interesting from a data perspective with some important differences remaining. Later tonight, low level moisture should quickly return across the state and we may see some light showers or pockets of drizzle developing through early Saturday morning, yet this chance will remain low. Clouds will be likely Saturday along with gusty south winds with highs in the mid to upper 40s across northeastern Oklahoma.

Temps & Rain Chances

Sunday morning to midday the main upper-level system will draw closer to the state. Strong southeast winds will bring dew points in the 50s, near 60 along the Red River while stronger winds aloft reach Eastern OK Sunday evening. Storms will attempt to develop through the day, but higher chances will arrive Sunday evening as a cold front begins moving southeast. The location of the surface front and positioning of the upper-level system will support a mention of strong to severe storms Sunday evening across far southeastern OK and northeast Texas.

Monday morning the surface low is ejecting across the northern Kansas area. Some rain will be likely early Monday before a dry slot works into the state from the southwest. Temperatures Monday morning will be cold enough for snow from southeastern Kansas into central Kansas. We’ll need to watch this period carefully for any changes that could allow for any of this to impact northeastern OK. As of now, this will remain void of our immediate area. Monday afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 40s with north winds near 10 to 25 mph. Another wave quickly moves across the area Wednesday with lows in the 30s and highs in the upper 40s near 50. 

Rain Outlook

Thanks for reading the Friday morning weather discussion and blog.

Have a super great day!

Alan Crone

KOTV


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