Tornado Watches Severe Thunderstorm Warnings In Effect Across Oklahoma
Wednesday in Oklahoma. KOCO 5 will update this story all day long. 14.00 Wednesday Update: The National Weather Service has updated the tornado watch to include more counties. The areas added to the watch are Beckham, Custer, Dewey, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills Counties, Tillman, and Washita. 1.30pm Wednesday Update: The National Weather Service released a tornado watch for several counties in central and southern Oklahoma until 10pm. The areas covered by the watch are Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, Love, McClain, Marshall, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie,
A cold front arriving Thursday morning will bring another chance for storm development before dawn over western North Texas. Those storms will move east and bring the threat of large hail and isolated tornadoes. That line of storms is expected to move east through the morning and early afternoon.
After the rain departs Thursday the concern will shift to the heat where temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s Friday and then possibly into the low 100s over the weekend.
Seminole and Stephens. 13:20 Wednesday Update: KOCO 5 Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane says the risk of very high hailstorms will be greatest during storms from Interstate 40 and South. The storms will produce a tennis ball-sized hail south of I-40 and a golf ball-sized hail north of I-16.01. Wednesday Update: Chief meteorologist KOCO 5 Damon Lane says the risk of a tornado will be greatest in southwest Oklahoma, where the tornado index is 8 out of 10
The areas included in the watch are Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, Love, McClain, Marshall, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole and Stephens counties.
Wednesday morning’s rain will impact the location of the warm front later in the afternoon. Why is that important? Because any location along or to the south of the warm front could see strong, severe storms. It will be warm and unstable. North of the warm front, highs will be in the 50s with a very low severe threat. We are expecting several rounds of heavy rain and storms Wednesday and into the night.Flooding rains are expected. Not everyone will see flooding, of course, but some areas could see three to six inches.
As the warm front surges northward, scattered showers and storms will develop in the northwest Wednesday afternoon. These could produce some hail and wind.
Farther south, isolated storm chances go up Wednesday afternoon and any storm that forms south of the boundary could produce very large hail, damaging winds and a tornado.
More widespread storms could develop and could still posing a risk for severe storms tonight.
As of now, the highest risk for very large hail and tornadoes is in southwest Oklahoma.
However, all areas south of the boundary need to pay close attention.
Our team of trackers will be out all day and night, and we will bring you updates.