Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KTSA 200541

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tulsa OK
1241 AM CDT Sat May 20 2017

Showers and thunderstorms will be ending before sunrise as a cxld
front moves east across the area. A period of MVFR ceilings will
be likely behind the front Saturday morning, with conditions
improving to VFR Saturday afternoon.


.PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 923 PM CDT Fri May 19 2017/

Clusters of mainly eleVATED storms continue to move northeast in
the area along and just southeast of I-44. A few of the more
organized bow segments have produced damaging wind gusts, along
with impressive rainfall amounts of nearly 3 inches per hour in
some places. Storms should continue to gradually translate east
into an environment that remains conducive to severe weather,
with sfc dew points in the lower 70s southeast of a boundary
extending from Franklin Co. to near KMLC. Low level wind shear
also remains supportive of at least a low-end tornado threat for
several more hours. Flash flooding remains a significant concern
along and south of I44 due to the excessive rainfall rates.

Changes to the forecast overall have been minor, asides from
adjusting POP forecast in the very near term and increasing the
QFP along and ahead of the slowly advancing line of storms.

PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 607 PM CDT Fri May 19 2017/

Ongoing convection along the I-44 corridor is expected to increase
in coverage and spread eastward through the evening and early
morning hours. Aviation impacts should be expected with additional
lower ceilings following the frontal passage across all terminals
through the morning hours. VFR conditions are likely by Sat

PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 324 PM CDT Fri May 19 2017/

Latest surface analysis shows a stalled front across western
Oklahoma with various convective boundaries across the area.
Strong to severe storms are ongoing across northwest Arkansas.
More storms are approaching the area from southern and central
Oklahoma and this marks the next wave. Tornado watch will be
issued shortly.

Latest model guidance and radar trends would suggest the heaviest
rain will be across southeast Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
However with front and upper trough still west of the area, and
ongoing convection, will maintain flash flood watch and add
Pushmataha/Choctaw counties to the watch. The main severe threat
will be damaging winds and isolated tornadoes where storms can
take advantage of existing boundaries/increased SRH. Flash
flooding will also be a threat with another 1-3 inches of rain
possible, with the heaviest rains likely along and south of
Interstate 40.

Precipitation will end across eastern Oklahoma and northwest
Arkansas Saturday morning, with clearing from west to east by
Saturday afternoon. Cold front may make it to our western zones
by Saturday morning, and have lowered min temps a bit for this
possibility. Weather will be much improved by Sunday with light
winds and highs in the 70s. Overnight lows will be chilly by
Sunday morning, ranging from the mid to upper 40s across
northeast Oklahoma/northwest Arkansas to mid 50s across southeast


OK...Flash Flood Watch until 7 AM CDT this morning for OKZ049-053>076.

AR...Flash Flood Watch until 7 AM CDT this morning for ARZ001-002-010-



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