Wind gusts today; Rain likely Wednesday in Tulsa area
BY Staff Reports
Monday, February 18, 2013
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Strong winds are forecast for today, just a few days ahead of high rain chances in Tulsa.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory through 6 p.m. today for Tulsa County, as well as Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington counties.
The weather service forecasts a strong upper level storm system to pass through these areas today, resulting in wind gusts as high as 45 mph, including in Tulsa.
Tulsa has a 20 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m. today, then a 40 percent chance of rain, snow and sleet before noon Wednesday; an 80 percent chance Wednesday night; and a 60 percent chance of rain before noon Thursday.
So far this month, Tulsa has recorded 0.39 of an inch of rain and 0.1 of an inch of snow. Normal rainfall for this time of the month is 1.02 inches.
Tulsa's temperatures are forecast to reach the 50s through Wednesday, which has a forecast high in the 40s. Highs are expected to return to the 50s by Saturday, the weather service forecasts.
Overnight lows in the 20s are forecast for tonight and Tuesday night, then the 30s Wednesday night. Lows are forecast to return to the 20s Thursday and Friday nights.
Tulsa's highest temperature so far this month was 70 degrees on Sunday. The lowest temperature so far this month was 16 degrees on Feb. 1.
Highest wind speeds statewide since midnight today. Map courtesy of the Oklahoma Mesonet