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Oklahoma to dry out during next few days

By Brian Sargent Modified: March 19, 2008 at 11:45 am •  Published: March 19, 2008

Skies will continue to clear across Oklahoma today as the large upper-level storm system that brought widespread rains to much of Oklahoma on Tuesday continues to move east out of the state today, according to the National Weather Service.

Dry and warmer weather is expected through Thursday.

Increasing southwesterly winds and above-normal temperatures will raise wildfire concerns by Thursday afternoon, especially across western Oklahoma by Thursday afternoon, forecasters said.

A fire weather watch will be effective from Thursday afternoon to Thursday night for Beckham, Ellis, Harmon, Harper, Roger Mills and Woodward counties. A fire weather watch will be effective from Thursday morning to Thursday night for Beaver, Cimarron and Texas counties.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire conditions are predicted.

Skies today should be partly cloudy today with highs reaching the 50s and 60s. Lows will fall into the 30s and 40s.

Mainly clear skies are expected on Thursday, the first day of spring, with temperatures rebounding into the 60s and 70s, forecasters said.

Another round of rain may move into eastern Oklahoma on Saturday and Sunday. Highs both days should reach the 50s and 60s.

The temperature in Oklahoma City at 11 a.m. today was 46 degrees. Northerly winds were 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

In Tulsa, the temperature was 46 degrees. Northerly winds were 15 to 20 mph. Today's high will be in the lower 60s, with northerly winds 10 to 15 mph.

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