Weather Blog: Severe Weather Chances for Friday

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Early morning satellite imagery depicts low clouds gradually expanding across portions of Southeast Oklahoma. 

Afternoon temperatures will run well above normal today. 

The main forecast concern will be the severe weather potential later Friday afternoon and evening. A rather impressive warm sector will develop across the region Friday afternoon, ahead of a negatively-tilted upper wave ejecting into the Plains. 

Models remain consistent in bringing surface dew points on the order of 60-65F across portions of Eastern Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, along with widespread cloud cover. 

Initial development may occur across portions of Southeast Oklahoma by late afternoon, with additional development farther north through Eastern Oklahoma by early evening.  

Impressive wind fields will be supportive of severe weather, with supercells possible especially across Southeast Oklahoma and into Western Arkansas as the convection sweeps east Friday evening. 

Cooler weather will arrive by Sunday and especially into early next week as another broad upper wave slides into the southern Plains.  

Models hint at some light wintry weather later Sunday night into early Monday along the southern edge of the stronger flow, although any amounts look light currently. This is certainly something to keep an eye on though. The cool weather should persist for much of next week. 

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