Parts Of Northern Oklahoma Under Tornado Watch

Saturday, February 26th 2011, 10:27 pm
By: News 9

Michael Armstrong, News 9 Meteorologist

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Several northern Oklahoma counties are under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Including Garfield, Grant, Kay, Noble, Alfalfa, Major, and Woods.

This includes the cities of Alva, Cherokee, Enid, Fairview, Medford, Perry and Ponca City.

Sunday will be mainly windy and mild with temperatures warming into the 60s and 70s. However, a slight risk of severe thunderstorms and a high risk of wildfires will develop by late afternoon.

Regarding the severe weather risk, isolated supercell thunderstorms may develop after 3 p.m. east of line from Cherokee to Hinton to Lawton. Any storm that develops will move rapidly eastward at 50 mph and could produce large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. The probability increases from 30 percent in central Oklahoma to 60 percent in far eastern parts of the state.

As for the risk of wildfires, a red flag warning is in effect for areas west of an Alva to Chickasha to Duncan line between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Westerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph will combine with very low humidity to produce extreme fire conditions.

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