Weather Blog: Summer-Like Today, Rain Chances for the Weekend


Morning winds will quickly increase with frequent gusts of 35 to 45 mph expected for much of the region today.

Wind will remain sufficient to maintain advisory levels through the evening and there is potential the advisory will need to be extended.

High temperatures will again be well above normal and combine with the strong winds to increase the potential for rapid fire spread conditions.

The cold front is currently timed to enter northeast Oklahoma after midnight and clear western Arkansas by mid-morning Thursday. Any fire suppression efforts ongoing this evening will need to monitor the wind shift associated with the cold frontal passage late tonight.

There also continues to be a signal for a narrow axis of prefrontal elevated convection this evening streaking across the region. If the light precip would actually develop, it would likely deposit more high plains dust than measurable rainfall.

Breezy and cooler temperatures on Thursday with winds diminishing by Friday.

The next storm system remains on track to spread widespread rainfall into the area Saturday through Saturday night. Locally heavy amounts appear possible for southeast Oklahoma into
Western Arkansas.

Temperatures on Saturday may briefly warm before the steady and cold rain overspread the region. Warm up commences early next week with the active pattern returning precip chances by mid-week.

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