Welcome to this week’s OU Nightly Weekly Weather Recap!
It was an active first week of spring across Norman and central Oklahoma. Monday brought heavy thunderstorms and localized flash flooding, Tuesday featured gusty winds, and the rest of the week saw below average temperatures.
On Monday, Norman picked up 2.32 inches of rainfall, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet. Flash flooding was reported on several streets as a result of this heavy rainfall over the course of several hours.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Cleveland County remains under a moderate to extreme drought despite this week’s much needed rainfall.
Clouds lingered around for the first half of the week, but the big story was the wind gusts. These gusts clocked in at 35 miles per hour on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to NWS Norman.
Sunshine made a return on Wednesday and again on Thursday as temperatures climbed into the upper 50s to lower 60s across Norman and the Oklahoma City metro area.
Severe weather was reported in 17 states this week, from Texas to Ohio, according to the Storm Prediction Center. A level 4 out of 5 risk was issued for east central Texas on Monday and parts of Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, with the threat of strong, long-track tornadoes.
A violent EF-3 tornado occurred Monday afternoon in Jacksboro, Texas, with peak winds of 150 miles per hour, according to a tweet by NWS Fort Worth.
Jacksboro High School was hit especially hard, according to video posted by CBS DFW. Nine people were injured from the tornado and fortunately, no fatalities were reported.
On Tuesday evening, a deadly EF-3 tornado, with maximum winds of 160 miles per hour, tore through portions of New Orleans and the community of Arabi. One fatality and two injuries were reported from this tornado, according to NWS New Orleans.
Winter weather has also been on the other side of the storm system responsible for this week’s severe weather outbreak. Snowfall was observed in portions of the Central Plains and Great Lakes region.
The NWS in Dodge City, Kansas issued a blizzard warning for portions of southwest Kansas on Monday, for the potential of rain turning over to blowing snow.
They tweeted on Tuesday morning that one to two inches of snow would continue to fall and blow, in combination with winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour and dangerous driving conditions due to low visibility on roadways.
Further north and east in Minnesota along Lake Superior, 15.5 inches of snow fell through Wednesday afternoon, according to the NWS Snowfall Report.
The Weekend Ahead
It is shaping up to be a gorgeous weekend, so make sure to get out and take advantage of it. Temperatures Friday will top off around 70 degrees with plenty of sunshine to go around with light winds.
Sunshine and 70s remain in the forecast through Monday, when temperatures are expected to reach the lower to mid-80s, bringing the warmest air of 2022 to the Sooner State before another cold front drops temperatures and rainfall by the middle part of next week.
Your National Forecast
Showers and a few thunderstorms could disrupt weekend outdoor activities across the Northeast and portions of New England on Friday.
The Great Lakes will see snowfall and a wintry mix again this weekend. According to the NWS in Marquette, Michigan, icy conditions could develop on wet roads as temperatures fall below freezing.
Additionally, lake effect snow could accumulate across the upper peninsula of Michigan Saturday, as gusty winds also take hold of the northern portions of the state.
Sunshine and above average temperatures will remain for portions of the Central and Southern Plains through Sunday and into Monday, with highs expected in the lower 90s across portions of southwestern Oklahoma and north Central Texas on Monday.
The threat for fire conditions remains this weekend in parts of Nebraska and South Dakota. The NWS in Aberdeen, South Dakota issued Red Flag Warnings that will go into effect until 9pm CST on Friday.
They warn of winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour, in addition to humidity “as low as 18 percent,” will present critical fire conditions through Friday evening. Additionally, they have reminded residents of the potential dangers that can spark a fire quickly.
Likewise, wind advisories are in effect for portions of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota through Friday. The NWS in La Crosse, Wisconsin stated that winds will blow “20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph” and reminded residents to secure loose items outdoors.
The next storm system will begin making its way across the Pacific Northwest by Sunday, bringing with it some showers to Washington state. This system will bring the potential for additional showers and thunderstorms to the Heartland by next Tuesday.
The Storm Prediction Center notes that Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, and Wichita could all see severe weather on Tuesday. By Wednesday, this threat will shift east to include Little Rock, Memphis, and Baton Rouge.