Possible severe weather is forecast later this week and Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management urges residents to be prepared.
EM Director James Dalton said his office has spoken with Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS office in Norman.
“It looks like conditions are coming into favor for the development of severe weather in Oklahoma over the next few days,” Dalton said. “To quote Rick, ‘Saturday could be our biggest severe weather day since last spring.’”
Dalton said everyone needs to be aware of the potential for severe weather.
“With springtime outings, all the out door activities, the travel and events marking the end of the school year, and springtime sports we want you to plan and not be caught unprepared,” Dalton said.
From Rick Smith, NWS - Norman:
Expect storms to develop east of the dry line across the eastern Texas panhandle by around 4 p.m., and eventually move into far western OK and western north Texas toward evening. The storms may then grow into a line that will affect areas along and west of I-35 Wednesday night. The initial storms over the Texas panhandle will be supercells capable of producing very large hail, and while the tornado risk isn’t zero, it is very low, and will likely be confined to far western Oklahoma and western north Texas during the late afternoon and early evening.
A much stronger storm system will affect the area this weekend, bringing a higher chance for more significant severe weather. All of the ingredients will be in place for significant severe storms (including moisture which has been what’s kept the past few events from being more significant.)
Areas along and west of I-35 look to have the highest risk for severe storms on Saturday, mainly in the late afternoon and evening hours. The weather ingredients will support supercells, with a threat for all the associated hazards, including tornadoes. It’s not possible to pin it down much more than that at this point, but NWS will work on that as it gets closer. At this point, just know that Saturday could be the biggest severe weather day since last spring, and everyone should stay tuned for more details.
Again, exact timing and placement of key features will decide who gets what on Sunday. As it looks right now, the main severe weather threat would be Sunday afternoon and evening, and would include much of central and eastern Oklahoma, and adjacent parts of north Texas. Supercells with large hail and damaging winds are expected.