Storms expected Wednesday, tornadoes possible

Published: 12/26/2018, 12:34 PM
Edited: 12/26/2018, 12:53 PM

Widespread rains, including locally heavy rainfall potential, are expected from Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. The highest rainfall amounts are expected to be across far southeast Oklahoma. Scattered thunderstorms will also be possible, mainly Wednesday night.

Rain will continue to spread into the region ahead of an approaching strong system. Mid-level lapse rates are expected to steepen enough for isolated thunderstorms to be embedded in the rain.  

A line of heavier showers and isolated thunderstorms will organize to the west and come across the region Wednesday.  

There is some risk of isolated gusts near severe criteria with any heavier shower or thunderstorm. 

Wind profiles will be supportive of rotating storms. A stable layer several thousand feet thick above the surface will limit the tornado potential, but the tornado risk is not zero, especially near the Red River where the stable layer will not be as deep.


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