Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Oklahoma City, OK
FXUS64 KOUN 290023
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Norman OK
723 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017
Thunderstorms are expected to begin late this evening in
southern and western Oklahoma and move across central Oklahoma
during the early morning Saturday. Heavy rainfall will occuring
along a slowly-moving front Saturday morning. Gusty north and
northeast winds will bring MVFR and IFR ceilings during the day
.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 406 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017/
A warm layer and weak ridging aloft have helped prevent the
formation of thunderstorms, and this will likely continue to
inhibit storms until about 8 pm or so. Wide variations in severe
weather threats will cover our forecast area this evening, as
there will be large differences in vertical wind shear and CAPE,
along with several weak surface boundaries.
The short-range convective models show storms beginning to form
around 8 pm near a weak surface boundary roughly from Hobart to
Oklahoma City. These storms may become severe quickly, as they
will be in an area of strong shear and moderate CAPE.
Storms should gradually diminish (but still have substantial
severe weather potential) through the night, remaining mainly
near the original line of development. THere is also a
possibility of an MCS forming from convection in northwest
Oklahoma. In any case, strong to severe storms will be possible
across central and southwest Oklahoma through most of the night.
Heavy rain is expected with these storms, and training of cells is
likely, which could cause areas of rapid flooding. We extended our
previous Flood Watch west by three counties this morning, based on
the synoptic situation and the output of the models at the time.
There are indications from the HRRR and others that substantial
rainfall may occur a short distance west and north of our new
watch, but those areas generally have higher flash flood guidance.
This forecast issuance does not include any new changes to the
watch, but the evening shift will, of course, make any necessary
adjustments if model trends or convective trends suggest a
A very sharp cold front will move through the southeast half of
Oklahoma and into north Texas tomorrow. Most severe storms will
remain along and ahead of this front. The entire assembly should
exit our forecast area by midnight Saturday night. However,
instability under the upper low will continue a chance for showers
and perhaps a few thunderstorms into Sunday. The wraparound
precipitation area may include some snow mixed with the rain in
far northwest Oklahoma Sunday morning.
Monday will be a rain-free day, then another storm system will
arrive for midweek, bringing additional chances for showers and a
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Oklahoma City OK 55 57 44 54 / 70 80 60 20
Hobart OK 48 50 40 54 / 70 70 50 20
Wichita Falls TX 58 61 44 62 / 40 70 50 10
Gage OK 43 45 35 46 / 90 70 60 50
Ponca City OK 50 53 44 51 / 90 80 70 50
Durant OK 70 80 50 63 / 40 80 70 20
OK...Flood Watch through Sunday morning for OKZ023>032-040>043-