615 PM Oklahoma Weather Update: Front Makes Slow Progress (9/3/2011)


A strong cold front is slowly continuing southward this afternoon. Very strong north winds, along with much cooler temperatures and a chance of rain, will be associated with the frontal passage. Wind speeds behind the front late this afternoon are expected to range between 20 and 30 mph with higher gusts.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop along and ahead of the front. Some of the stronger storms may be capable of producing hail to the size of quarters and damaging wind gusts. Through 8 PM, the strongest activity will generally be located in an area from near Cheyenne, Arnett and Woodward northeast to Alva and Cherokee.

At 6 PM, the cold front was located from near Arnett northeast to Freedom. Although the front has been moving very slowly during the heat of the day, its forward speed will pick up this evening. The front is expected to reach a line from Cheyenne to Cherokee by 8 PM. The front should reach a line from Lawton to the Oklahoma City Metro area around midnight.

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