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From cold to nice and back ... all by late this weekend

by Bryan Painter Published: February 26, 2014
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The Area Forecast Discussion from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “Gradually warming conditions expected by Thursday as southerly winds increase to around 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts due to the tightening of the surface pressure gradient. A lee side surface trough will deepen Thursday and Thursday night. The surface low over the Central Rockies Thursday night will track east into the Central Plains states by Friday. The surface trough will push east into the panhandles Friday resulting in more westerly winds. Tight 700 mb height gradient will also result in breezy to windy conditions friday. A cold front will backdoor from northeast to southwest into the panhandles Friday night…but expected to stall across the western sections of the forecast area Saturday. This will create a temperature gradient on Saturday with the higher temperatures in the western sections and coolest temperatures across the eastern sections.

“Reinforcing surge of much colder air will push into the panhandles Saturday night and Sunday. An upper trough will track east out of the four corners region and Southwestern states late Saturday into early Sunday and will bring slight chances for rain or snow to the Oklahoma and northern Texas panhandles Saturday night. The GFS exits the precipitation by Sunday out of the panhandles while the ECMWF keeps the precip across the forecast area into Sunday. Decided to remove pops for sunday and adjusted the precip to confine it mainly to the Oklahoma and northern Texas panhandles. Much below normal temps expected early to middle of next week with dry conditions.”

And this is your forecast for Oklahoma City from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office as of 7:41 a.m. Wednesday:

Today Sunny, with a high near 36. North wind 11 to 16 mph becoming light and variable  in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southeast wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph.

Friday Sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a south wind 24 to 29 mph becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Saturday Night A chance of freezing rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday A chance of rain and sleet.  Cloudy, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Monday A 20 percent chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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