Weather Blog: Sunshine Today, Storms on Wednesday Evening


Windy conditions will continue for today, with widespread gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range.

The increasing moisture will result in an increase in clouds tonight and especially tomorrow. High temperatures on Wednesday could push 80 degrees in places, but widespread low clouds will likely keep most locations in the mid to upper 70s.

The airmass will become moderately unstable on Wednesday, with sufficient deep layer shear for severe storms. There will initially be a strong cap in place, and this will likely limit the severe threat until late afternoon or early evening for eastern Oklahoma.

There will be various boundaries in play to initiate thunderstorms. Dryline storms may form across southwest or central Oklahoma and move into eastern Oklahoma in the afternoon. The advancing cold front will also be a trigger for storm development, mainly on Wednesday night.

The main severe threat will likely be large hail initially, and then as storms grow upscale into clusters or lines, hail and strong/severe wind gusts are possible. There is potential for very large hail, up to 2″ or larger.

There will be a limited tornado risk, especially if storm mode remains favorable as the storms enter eastern Oklahoma. Eventually, the front will overtake the dryline, and widespread showers and storms
are expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

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