Risk Of Severe Weather This Weekend In Oklahoma

Friday, April 25th 2014, 10:52 am
By: News 9

While it is a gorgeous day across the state, a powerful storm system is moving onto the west coast today. This system will bring a quick change to our weather conditions Saturday, bringing a severe weather risk back to the state Saturday evening through Sunday.

At this time, the conditions are not in place for severe weather. Actually fire danger is the biggest concern out west with hot and windy conditions this afternoon.

Much of the daytime hours of Saturday look just fine, so if you have plans to be outdoors. It should mainly just be windy and warm with enough sun to get a sunburn. The chance of storms will increase during the evening and go into the overnight periods into Sunday morning.

While nothing is in place now, every element needed for severe weather will quickly come together late Saturday. The question is will everything be in place to create storms. I believe it will, for scattered storms. Not everyone will see bad weather this weekend!

The jet stream, low level wind shear and thick gulf moisture really kick in overnight Saturday, so if storms develop late, rotating storms will develop. These are the kind that create large hail and tornadoes. I even can't rule out a big tornado if the storms establish themselves.

The dry line is the key to kicking off storms and it will stay out west until after midnight when it charges east. The dry line should be near Oklahoma City about sunrise Saturday. This will give eastern Oklahoma the best chance for storms on Sunday.

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Bottom line, the timing of this event is odd, being it will come in mainly overnight. This WILL be a very strong system that will create some strong to severe storms for the state. Keep a cool head, and have your plan in place for yourself and your family members. Enjoy your Saturday evening, knowing that we are keeping a close eye on the weather patterns for you. If a severe storm develops in your area, we will be monitoring it and giving you the best coverage.

As always, stay with News 9, we'll keep you advised.