Active Wx for Oklahoma today and tomorrow

Valid: 2008-03-02 thru 2008-03-03
Timing: 13:00 – 12:00 CST Monday

*Active weather pattern for the next 24 hours*

– Red Flag Warning is posted for far southwest Oklahoma from 13:00 – 18:00 CST. A dryline will move east into Oklahoma this morning, placing this area in dry and windy conditions. Winds will be out of the southwest at 20-25mph, gusting to 35mph. Temperatures will warm into the mid-70s with relative humidity values of 15-25%. Elsewhere across Oklahoma strong winds and warm temperatures may combine for high fire danger, but relative humidity values should be high enough to reduce wildfire potential.

– There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for much of Oklahoma today into tonight. Primary threats are large hail to quarter size and damaging winds to 70mph. There is a threat of isolated tornadoes for much of central and eastern Oklahoma this afternoon. The tornado threat will decrease as a cold front passes any given location this afternoon and tonight. The majority of the severe weather is expected along the cold front. South-central and southeast Oklahoma are highlighted for an enhanced wind/hail threat tonight.

– A flash flood watch is posted for areas east of line from Osage County to Durant, effective this evening through Monday morning. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are likely, with isolated amounts near 3 inches.

– A winter storm watch is posted for areas generally east of a line from Bartlesville to Tulsa to McAlester for late tonight through Monday morning. Snowfall accumulations of 4-8 inches are possible in the watch area. A warning will likely be required later today. There is potential for snow in Oklahoma City on Monday, but details are still muddy. Travel problems are likely east of the Metro on Monday and could easily shift west into Oklahoma City for drive time.

– A blowing snow advisory is posted for the three panhandle counties from 21:00 – 06:00 Monday. Snow accumulations of 1.5-2.0 inches are likely, but winds of 25-35mph will create low visibilities.

– A wind advisory is posted for much of Oklahoma, except southeast sections, from 00:00 thru 09:00 Monday. Winds of 20-30mph are likely as a cold front clears the state this evening, with gusts to 50mph.

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About Putnam Reiter

Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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