515 PM Oklahoma Weather Update: Winds & Blowing Dust Continue (1/22/2012)


Strong, gusty winds will continue across much of Oklahoma and western North Texas into early evening. This will occur as an area of surface low pressure continues to move east across Kansas. Southwest winds gusting to around 40 mph will be common across parts of north central, central, south central, and southeast Oklahoma with blowing dust reducing visibilities in some locations to less than 3 miles. These winds are occurring ahead of a cold front that is moving across the region. At 5 PM, the cold front extended from near Medford and Enid to Guthrie and Yukon to near  Chickasha and Walters Oklahoma, to near Wichita Falls and Archer City Texas. Behind the front, winds shift to the west-northwest and northwest with gusts over 50 mph. Humidities also increase behind the front. There was also some rain shower activity moving east across northern Oklahoma. These showers will produce only light rain amounts, but may aid in mixing stronger winds above the surface to the ground. The winds are expected to diminish during the early evening hours.

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