Weather Blog: Rainy Weekend Ahead

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Another wave was pushing into the desert southwest early this morning with high clouds spreading across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. 

Within this flow, a vortex max is forecast to lift through the mid-south region with increasing warm air advection.  The combination of these features along with increasing low-level moisture will allow for a few rain showers to become possible over parts of southeast Oklahoma, with the greater potential just east and southeast of the CWA

Across the rest of the CWA, partly to mostly cloudy skies and east southeast winds with afternoon temperatures in the upper 40s to mid-50s are forecast.

Overnight tonight into Friday, improving low level moisture ahead of the wave should allow for some areas of light rain and or drizzle to remain possible mainly for southeast Oklahoma and western Arkansas late tonight and over the CWA Friday morning.

Widespread cloud cover and warming dewpoints should help to keep low temperatures above freezing tonight for most locations.

Rain shower and also the potential for isolated thunderstorms become possible Friday afternoon and Friday night as the wave out west begins to lift into the Texas panhandle by noon Saturday.

The greater potential for thunderstorms looks to be along and south of Interstate 40 Friday night as increasing elevated instability lifts into the region with the approaching wave.

A few storms could potentially become strong to marginally severe with hail and damaging winds possible.

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