Spring visits winter


Saturday, December 27th 2008, 9:43 am
By: News 9


By News 9 Meteorologist Nick Bender

Friday's unprecedented warmth came at the cost of Saturday morning's severe weather. A squall-line of strong, to severe storms raced eastward across the state during the predawn hours Saturday with lightning and wind snapping telephone poles and leaving thousands of customers without power statewide; the majority of outages were within the Oklahoma City metro.

Bizarre enough were the severe storms during the month of December, but multiple tornado watches were issued for the state with even a few tornado warnings just south of Tulsa, Oklahoma. There were no confirmed reports of tornadoes in the state of Oklahoma; there were a handful of reports from Missouri and Illinois of brief tornadoes. Adding more craziness to the fray were light snow reports from the Woodward/Fort Supply area Saturday morning, coinciding with the tornado warnings issued in the Tulsa vicinity - wild stuff.

The weather will gradually settle down, while the cold will once again settle in Saturday night and Sunday morning; lows in the teens and twenties are forecast for Sunday church services. Another warm-up is slated for the New Year timeframe; fortunately this will not come at the cost of severe weather.