Thursday, May 19, 2011

Severe Weather Update for Overnight...and Beyond...

Above is a snapshot from the OKC area radar taken a moment ago.  Thunderstorms have been weakening as they move East/Northeast across the OKC Metro area (into a region with a strong capping inversion) and are no longer severe.  Meanwhile, intense thunderstorms continue in southwest Oklahoma near Lawton.  This activity is also moving East/Northeast with large hail and isolated tornadoes still possible at least for the next hour or so.

The general trend overnight in Oklahoma should be for thunderstorm activity to weaken and/or become less organized across the region.

Meanwhile, in Kansas, the threat of severe weather may extend further into the overnight hours as a series of upper level weather disturbances allows thunderstorms to continue to remain organized in some areas.  Below is the latest Tornado Watch, in effect until 4am for much of western & central Kansas:

Another threat of severe weather will develop on Friday.  Below is the latest Severe Weather Outlook for Friday from the SPC:

In general, severe thunderstorms are possible anywhere within the yellow, banana shaped region from Nebraska and Kansas into Oklahoma and Texas.  the highest risk of severe weather, including very large hail & tornadoes, will take place within the red shaded region on the image below:

The area with the highest risk of severe weather for Friday includes the Dallas/Ft. Worth, McAlester, Tulsa, Ft. Smith, Wichita, Salina, Emporia, Topeka and Kansas City areas.

Stay tuned for updates during the day on Friday, especially if you live in the areas within the red shaded region on the image above.

As heads-up/FYI, the threat of severe weather will shift Eastward into Saturday, as indicated on  the latest SPC severe weather outlook below:

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