1230 PM CDT Oklahoma Weather Update (3/18/2012)


Early this afternoon skies were cloudy throughout the region. With deep low pressure over the Rocky Mountains, winds were breezy from the southeast at 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts. This will maintain a flow of moist Gulf air into Texas and Oklahoma today. Radar detected light echoes scattered throughout the region. This had amounted to little more than sprinkles this morning, but light rain was increasing over far western Oklahoma, with movement to the northeast. Stronger thunderstorms will not occur until late today, after 4 PM. beginning in the Texas Panhandle. That is where some breaks in the clouds will allow greater heating, and the approach of an upper level trough is expected to weaken the cap sufficiently to allow strong storm development. Widely scattered strong storms may then move into western Oklahoma and western North Texas during the early evening hours.

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