Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tornado outbreak could be on horizon in Oklahoma








Severe weather and a chance of tornadoes are forecast for Monday afternoon and night, meteorologists said Friday.

Skies are expected to darken, with a 50 percent chance of rain in the central Oklahoma area by Sunday night, said Erin Maxwell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman.


Large hail and damaging wind may accompany the storms, Maxwell said.

"And there is the possibility of tornadoes,” Maxwell said.

Sunday afternoon, the chance of rain will be 30 percent, forecasters said.

The weather forecasting company AccuWeather on Friday forecast a possible tornado outbreak Monday on the Great Plains from Nebraska to Texas, according to the Web site AccuWeather.com.

Shower and thunderstorm chances in central Oklahoma increase to 60 percent Monday with a high near 72 degrees, the weather service said.

On Monday night, heavy rainfall and a low temperature around 53 degrees are expected.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Tuesday, with partly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 68 degrees.

Tuesday night, skies will begin clearing with a low around 41 degrees, and by Wednesday, skies should be sunny again, the weather service said.

Source: NewsOk

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