Welcome to this week’s OU Nightly Weekly Weather Watch!
Oklahoma is throwing its usual weather curve balls this week. This time last year, Norman was covered in sheets of ice and this year, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are expected. Overnight tonight, October 26, 2021, severe thunderstorms will move through the Norman area around midnight and the main threats this storm system will bring is large hail, gusty winds, and flooding, but the occasional tornado cannot be ruled out. After this system moves through, the temperatures will dip into the 60s with lows in the 40s and 50s. On Thursday, October 28, 2021, there will be very gusty winds throughout the day. The winds will be sustained in the upper 20 miles per hour range with gusts up to near 40 mph. After that, the temperatures will warm slightly to the upper 60s for the remainder of the week. However, on Monday, November 1, 2021, the high temperatures will begin to drop down into the low 60s once again.
Fire Weather In Colorado, Kansas, and Texas
Colorado and Kansas are still dealing with Red Flag warnings in portions of the states. However, Texas has decided to join the party of dealing with fire weather. According to the National Weather Service Office in Austin/San Antonio, “a Red Flag Warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from 10 AM to 7 PM CDT Wednesday.” Northwest winds up to 25 mph will make those relative humidity values plummet to the low teens, creating an extremely dry environment.
Winter Weather Possible for Colorado and Montana
Now that the winter weather has moved out of Wyoming for now, it’s Colorado and Montana’s turn for winter weather. Portions of western Montana and Rocky Mountains in Colorado are under a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight on October 26, 2021. The National Weather Service Office in Grand Junction, Colorado, predicts “snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and winds gusting as high as 40 mph.” The main threats of this storm system is blowing snow, making travel hazardous.
Severe Weather Chances
Severe weather has ramped up again this week and it all starts in the South. On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, portions of southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, and northwestern Texas are all under and Enhanced risk of severe weather overnight. According to the Storm Prediction Center, “scattered severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail, wind damage, and isolated tornadoes are expected across portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, and north/central Texas late this afternoon through the evening, and continuing into the overnight hours.”
As this system moves across the United States this week, it will bring more severe weather to South and Southeast. This system will produce severe thunderstorms that will be capable of bringing gusty winds, damaging hail, and an isolated tornado or two.