High Fire Danger And Warming Trend To Continue

Friday, January 24th 2014, 5:15 pm
By: News 9

Wild fire concerns will continue to run high for the rest of today with gusty southwest winds and relative humidity values between 15-25%.

Burn bans have been declared for 14 counties with city burn bans issued for Oklahoma City, Edmond, Guthrie and Midwest city. For additional burn ban information, please visit the Oklahoma Forestry Service website.

The warming trend will continue tomorrow with highs reaching into the upper 50s and middle 60s with, despite a shift to northerly winds.

Stronger, southerly winds and even warmer conditions will develop through the first part of Sunday. Winds will shift northerly Sunday afternoon with a pre-frontal trough, ahead of the much colder Arctic Front expected to arrive Sunday night. Many locations will experience a 30 degree drop in temperatures from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon. Temperatures won't climb back above freezing until Wednesday afternoon.

A weak storm system rotating around a larger Polar Vortex (situated across eastern Canada) may be enough to ring out some post-frontal moisture Monday night across central and western Oklahoma. Temperatures will be cold enough to support light snow showers Monday night and Tuesday morning.