Severe weather expected Wednesday

Published: 04/16/2019, 5:05 AM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(TULSA, Okla.) A strong storm system will arrive in the Plains on Wednesday. There is a risk for severe storms, though a strong capping inversion should limit severe storm development until late afternoon and evening. The main hazards will be large hail and damaging winds, but there will also be a risk for tornadoes. Ahead of the storms, warm and windy conditions will continue for Tuesday, with widespread gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range. The increasing moisture will result in an increase in clouds Tuesday night and especially Wednesday. High temperatures on Wednesday could push 80 degrees in places, but widespread low clouds will likely keep most locations in the mid to upper 70s. There will be various boundaries in play to initiate thunderstorms Wednesday. Dryline storms may form across southwest or central Oklahoma and move into eastern Oklahoma in the afternoon. The advancing cold front will also be a trigger for storm development, mainly on Wednesday night. There is a potential for very large hail, up to 2" or larger. There will be a limited tornado risk, especially if storm mode remains favorable as the storms enter eastern Oklahoma. Eventually, the front will overtake the dryline, and widespread showers and storms are expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning. After a brief cool down Thursday, temperatures will warm right back up into the 70s and 80s for the weekend.


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