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Tue May 28, 2013
Forecasters Say More Severe Weather Possible in Oklahoma
The National Weather Service says starting Tuesday evening Western and Central portions of the state could see more severe thunderstorms with the possibility of some tornadoes.
"Supercells with large hail and damaging winds are expected during the late afternoon and evening with storms likely forming into clusters or lines during the evening," says Rick Smith, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office. "The tornado potential is a little bit higher on Wednesday due to strong wind shear, but the hail and wind will still be the most common threats."
He says the focus will mainly be west of the Interstate 35 corridor on Wednesday, but could expand into Central Oklahoma the day after tomorrow.
"Depending on where the exact pieces of the puzzle line up on Thursday, tornado potential could be even higher," Smith says.
Smith said in a briefing Tuesday morning the Weather Service knows people are paying more attention to the weather this week after the events of May 19th and 20th, but says they don't want people to be afraid or overly nervous about the possibility of severe weather.
A cold front will move south on Friday and Saturday and the severe weather potential will be lower. But forecasters say heavy rain and flooding could occur in north central Oklahoma.