Things appear on track with gusty south winds and relatively warmer weather returning today and Wednesday before a strong cold front arrives with some rain and storms Wednesday evening. Blustery, chilly weather arrives for Thursday with gradually improving weather Friday through the weekend with no major weather issues.
Temps will remain chilly this morning with many locations in the 30s with light winds. As the next upper-level trough advances across the western U.S., pressure falls across the Rockies into the plains will bring gusty south winds from 15 to 30 mph today and 20 to near 35 mph tomorrow. High temps should be in the upper 60s, near 70 with partly cloudy sky today and mostly cloudy conditions Wednesday. Relatively low humidity today supports a rapid-fire spread rate across the state. As the front progresses across the area Wednesday evening, showers and storms will become possible between 6 p.m. and midnight before exiting southeastern OK between 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Surface instability will remain low. Severe weather is not expected, but a few cells may produce some small hail and gusty winds. The progressive nature of the system should also mitigate any heavy rainfall threats, with most data supporting anywhere from a trace to .60 inches of rain. As the front leaves the area, gusty north winds will quickly arrive with temps dropping into the upper 30s and lower 40s Thursday morning. Thanksgiving afternoon features decreasing clouds, slowly decreasing wind speed and highs in the upper 40s north and lower 50s south.
A surface ridge of high pressure will quickly center across NE OK Thursday evening bringing sub-freezing temps early Friday morning with clear sky and light winds with no major weather issue for any shopping plans for the period. Friday afternoon highs should reach the upper 50s and lower 60s with north winds shifting to the southwest through the day with wind speeds from 10 to 15 mph. Another weak front crosses the area Saturday afternoon or early evening with little more than a wind shift. Weekend lows will remain in the upper 30s and lower 40s with afternoon highs reaching the lower to mid-60s. Bedlam in Stillwater will be chilly with temps at 51 for kick-off and remaining in the upper to mid-40s for the game with light north winds.
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