One tornado touched down Sunday in rural Stephens County, while hail pounded parts of Oklahoma along a stong cold front, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.
The brief tornado touched down at 5:58 p.m. north of Velma in open country. No damage or injuries were immediately reported.
This was the first tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service Norman office since May 31, beating a record for the longest amount of time between tornado warnings, said meteorologist Cheryl Sharpe. The record dates to 1986.
The Norman office also received many reports of hail Sunday throughout the state along the storm front.
“There have been a lot of hail reports. The largest I saw was about an inch and a half but there were numerous reports of quarter- to half-inch hail along the front that came through here,” Sharpe said. “About 5 p.m., we got hail here (Norman) that was about half-an-inch in diameter. And there were other reports of up to an inch in the Norman area.”
Sharpe said the temperatures should drop early Monday through Tuesday with a hard freeze warning issued for the metro-area from 1 to 9 a.m. Tuesday.
“We can have freezes as late as May. The average last freeze is about this time of year,” Sharpe said.
The Monday highs are predicted at being in the upper 40s, with morning lows in the upper 30s. There is a 30 percent chance of rain before 1 p.m. in the Oklahoma City metro-area and even a chance for a mix of snow in the Kingfisher area, Sharpe said.
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We can have freezes as late as May.”
Meteorologist Cheryl Sharpe,