Large Hail, Damaging Winds Could Move Through Oklahoma Saturday And Sunday

Apr 25, 2014

Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says it’s starting to get a better idea of the timing of severe storms expected to hit the state Saturday and Sunday.

Thunderstorms will start to develop late afternoon and early evening Saturday in far southwestern Oklahoma, moving northeast overnight into Sunday.

Large, damaging hail and damaging winds are the primary concern, but tornadoes are possible.

Norman Forecast Office meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz says people attending the numerous outdoor events this weekend, such as the Festival of the Arts and the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon downtown, will need to stay weather-aware.

“Make sure you find suitable shelters at any venue you attend,” Kurtz says. “When a warning is issued, that is not the time to start looking for shelter. You should already have in mind where to go when [a] warning is issued.”

The possibility of tornadoes decreases overnight, and overall the risk from large hail and damaging wind gusts appears greater than the risk for tornadoes. Despite media reports, the weather service forecasters are not comparing this weekend’s severe weather threat to any previous event in history.


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