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Weekly Weather Recap – 11 March, 2022

Welcome to this week’s OU Nightly Weekly Weather Recap!

Norman, OK

A chilly week was felt across Oklahoma as many areas in the state are gearing up for Spring Break. Norman did not make it out of the 40s until Wednesday and Thursday of this week, where temperatures topped out in the low to mid-50s according to NWS Norman.

Some passing clouds were also experienced across Norman this week, along with a pretty significant cold front that worked its way across the Sooner State on Thursday. 

Behind the front, winds gusted up to 32 miles per hour through Friday morning and temperatures plummeted back into the 20s and teens overnight as the threat for winter weather returns once more.

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Cleveland County, Oklahoma until 6pm Friday evening as locally heavy accumulations of snow fell across Norman early Friday morning. 

The NWS said, “Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, along with a light glaze of ice” will be possible as winter weather moves out of the region Friday afternoon and evening.

Winter Weather

Winter weather has also been plaguing parts of the intermountain West and Central Plains this week. The NWS in Cheyenne, Wyoming reported snowfall totals of 3 to 6 inches across the state as of Thursday, with locally heavy accumulations as high as two feet!

Additionally, the NWS in Boulder, Colorado tweeted out Friday morning of extremely cold temperatures in the mountain regions of the state, where temperatures plunged into the -30s!

Winter weather also took shape across portions of Nebraska and Kansas this week, with some areas receiving over a foot of snow across north and western Kansas, according to NWS Dodge City. Temperatures felt like single digits as the snow moved south Thursday evening.

Severe Weather

Parts of the Northeast started their week off with some strong thunderstorms, which produced widespread wind damage across portions of Pennsylvania and New York Monday night, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

Structural damage was reported out of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, where a partial building collapsed. There were also reports of power outages in Pittsburgh as storms rolled through.

It has also been an active week across the Southeast, where there were reports of tornadoes and damaging winds across the Deep South on Wednesday.

The NWS in Mobile confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Mobile, Alabama Wednesday, March 9 just after midnight, where peak winds were estimated between 90 and 100 miles per hour. 

Minor reports of damage to houses and cars were reported, as well as downed trees. However, no serious injuries or fatalities were reported. 

Your Spring Break Forecast!

If you are staying in Norman or Oklahoma for your Spring Break, a winter storm will continue working its way south and east through Friday afternoon. Temperatures will flirt with the freezing mark behind the snow and ice, but wind chills will keep it feeling like the 20s and teens.

By Saturday, lingering clouds will continue to push out of the area, giving way to sunny skies and temperatures approaching 50 degrees. Make sure to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night as it is time to “Spring Forward” and Daylight Savings begins.

On the latter half of the weekend, temperatures will rebound back into the low 60s for much of the state. Sunshine will remain but clouds will begin increasing Monday through Wednesday of next week. 

Temperatures will return to those much-enjoyed 70s for the second half of next week, bringing with it a chance for some springtime showers and thunderstorms.

If your Spring Break travel plans take you to the Southeast, the threats for winter weather, flooding and severe weather are all at play depending on where you go. 

Portions of Kentucky and Tennessee are under a winter storm warning until 1pm on Saturday, according to the NWS in Morristown, Tennessee

Blowing snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected, with winds gusting in excess of 35 miles per hour. The NWS advises keeping “an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicles in case of an emergency.”

An enhanced risk for severe weather is also in play for portions of southern Georgia and north central Florida on Friday into Saturday, with a slight risk extending north to the Carolinas and as far west as New Orleans, according to the Storm Prediction Center

Storms may be capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes. Keep an eye to the sky if your Spring Break plans take you to the beaches along the Gulf Coast and be prepared to seek shelter if a warning is issued for your area.

If you plan to head to the Northeast this Spring Break, a winter storm may impact your travel as it takes shape on Friday into Saturday. 

Winter storm warnings are already in effect for portions of Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts, where 5 to 9 inches of snow is expected to fall through Saturday evening.

The NWS in Binghamton, New York warns these snow accumulations at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, in addition to winds in excess of 40 miles per hour, could significantly impair travel conditions and cause slick roadways. 

Lastly, if the West Coast is on your horizons, plenty of sunshine is in store for you. Southern California can expect high temperatures in the 70s for the week ahead, but gusty winds will also be at play.

The NWS in Los Angeles notes a wind advisory remains in effect until 3pm Friday for areas including Los Angeles, Malibu, Santa Monica, and Long Beach, but travelers should stay cautions of the potential for isolated tree limbs to fall and the possibility of a power outage or two.

Enjoy your Spring Break and stay weather aware!

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