Weekly Weather Watch – 22 March, 2022 

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

Norman, OK 

The beginning of the week started off extremely rainy and windy.

On Monday, March 21, 2022, over two inches of rain fell on OU’s main campus, causing roadways to flood and cars to stall out.

Luckily, the rain is ending but the wind is picking up and bringing the cold with it.

According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the wind in Norman, OK, gusted up to 37 mph this afternoon with stronger wind gusts over in western Oklahoma.

These gusty winds are bringing in some chilly temperatures, with Norman, OK, feeling like the lower 30s.

However, as the week progresses, those temperatures will climb all the way up into the 80s by Sunday, March 27, 2022, with blue skies all week. 

Severe Weather 

Spring is finally here and severe weather wasted no time in making its grand appearance.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, there is a Moderate Risk of severe weather down in Louisiana and Mississippi.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, “tornadoes, some of which are expected to be strong, and potentially widespread damaging winds can be expected.”

This severe weather threat does not diminish overnight tonight but rather moves to the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

For Wednesday, March 23, 2022, the SPC has issued two areas of Slight Risk, one over Indiana and Ohio with the other over Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

The tornado risk is centralized in the coastline states while the hail risk is focused over Indiana and Ohio. 

Winter Weather 

Even though there are tornadoes happening in Mississippi, northern Michigan and Minnesota are dealing with a Winter Storm Warning.

The National Weather Service in Duluth, MN, has forecast an additional “8 to 12 inches” of heavy, wet snow and winds gusting up to 35 mph.

Just across Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the NWS Office in Marquette, MI, has forecast “6 to 11 inches” of snow as well as ice accumulations of “around four tenths of an inch.” 

Fire Weather 

The dry and windy conditions are creating fire conditions in the South and Midwest.

These fire conditions are being fueled by extremely gusty winds, with Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings in place from South Dakota down to northern Texas.

Specifically, the NWS Office in Dodge City, KS, is under a High Wind Warning and is giving its residents this piece of advice: “People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”

These strong winds have prompted several NWS Offices to issue Red Flag Warnings in South Dakota and Texas.

The NWS Office in Sioux Falls, SD, warns people to “not carelessly disregard cigarettes” as those could spark wildfires.

Another area under a Red Flag Warning is the Rio Grande Valley.

Like the Red Flag Warning in Sioux Falls, SD, the NWS Office in Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, TX, says that “Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.” 

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