Friday, February 3, 2012

Severe Weather Update - Oklahoma...

The Tornado Watch that was in effect earlier was allowed to expire at 10am CST.

A large complex of shower and thunderstorm activity continues across western and Northern Oklahoma, with additional development recently taking place across southcentral Oklahoma as well.  Individual thunderstorms are moving Northeast, while the area as a whole is slowly migrating Eastward.

Locally heavy rainfall, dangerous lightning and hail near severe limits are possible with most any thunderstorm across the region through mid-afternoon. Strong and gusty surface winds are also possible with storms, especially after midday.

Thunderstorms may become better organized and/or intensify across the southeastern one-half of the state this afternoon, mainly after 2pm.  This will take place as the atmosphere heats up, and a series of disturbances move into the region from the West.  Large hail and damaging wind gusts will be the primary threats later this afternoon and into this evening.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, but is not expected to be the dominant threat.

If you live across southwest, central or eastern Oklahoma, including the Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas, please remain alert for possible severe weather, mainly this afternoon and into this evening.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or another trusted source for later information and possible warnings.

Please see my earlier post for more details on the severe weather threat in this and other areas for later today and tonight...

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