Cooler Weather Returns To Northern Oklahoma

Wednesday, March 31st 2021, 8:29 am

Cooler weather returns to northern OK for the next two days, including the potential for freezing temperatures late tonight into Thursday morning. The Easter Holiday weekend appears breezy, yet mild with highs in the 70s.

Tamps & Rain Chances

A few spotty showers may zip across the region, mostly pre-dawn and mostly south of the metro, as the tail-end of a longwave trough moves across northeastern Oklahoma. But very dry air at the surface may prohibit most of this from reaching the surface. Regardless, I’ll keep a low probability near and south of the metro for the early morning hours. The surface cold front is well to our south, and this is bringing cooler weather into the area today with morning lows starting in the lower 40s. Daytime highs should remain mostly in the upper 50s north and lower 60s south. Winds from the north will remain for the day around 15 to 25 mph this morning but should diminish speeds some by early this afternoon. Some morning clouds will also quickly vacate the region with mostly sunny conditions for the afternoon. Additional dry air has moved across northern OK this morning. Unfortunately, the fire danger issues will remain highly elevated. The only advantage today is lower wind speeds compared to the previous few days for most of the afternoon. This dry air will also allow for a very chilly evening and early Thursday morning.

Highs Today

The clear sky, light wind and dry air will allow temps to plummet quickly tonight with many locations reaching the lower 30s near and north of the metro tonight through Thursday morning. These same areas near and north of the metro will remain a freeze watch for the evening and pre-dawn Thursday. This currently does not include Tulsa Co., but we’re very close. I would encourage anyone near the metro, east or north to take some precautions for a light freeze late tonight through early Thursday morning. The rest of the forecast package looks pretty good, but with increasing south winds returning Friday into the Easter Holiday weekend.

Good Friday will support a small disturbance moving across the state by the late evening, but the current projection for low-level moisture should keep us dry.

This weekend features morning lows in the 50s, and highs both days into the lower to mid-70s. Gusty south winds will return at 20 to 30 mph with sunshine and a few clouds.

Freeze Watch

The pattern should bring a system near the state early next week and bring a return for strong to severe storms impacting part of the state, but the actual model output suggests the chances will remain quite low. Nonetheless, we’ll have some kind of probability tucked away in the forecast for the early to middle part of next week.

Thanks for reading the Wednesday morning weather discussion and blog.

Have a super great day!

Alan Crone


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