With more than a month of spring remaining before the official start of summer, one of spring’s most dangerous features continues to remain a possibility.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Center in Norman are currently monitoring a system moving into the central plans from the west coast that is expected to reach southern Oklahoma by Friday.
“It’s still a little ways out, so we are monitoring it,” Alex Zwink, meteorologist said. “The first impact begins Friday night in western Oklahoma and possibly reaching into Ardmore with hail and tornadoes possible.”
The system is expected to continue to drop heavy rainfall throughout Saturday, and the potential for hail and tornadoes will remain.
Zwink stressed that ever-changing environmental conditions could impact the severity of the storm, with everything from tornadoes and hail to only heavy rainfall being possible.
“The big thing we are looking at now (for Ardmore) is flooding, we’ve had so much rain that we are pretty much saturated,” Zwink said. “A quick rain could produce flash flooding, or other flooding potential.”
Current models show Sunday as a break from the storms before a new round moves in on Monday.
“What happens on Monday will depend on what happens on Friday and Saturday,” Zwink said. “But people need to remain weather aware. Turn around, don’t drown strongly applies for this weekend.”
Carter County Director of Emergency Management Paul Tucker said water levels throughout the area have diminished since the last round of storms, but that flooding risk would return in prone areas if heavy rainfall is experienced.
“We’ve had quite a break since the most recent significant rainfall,” Tucker said. “Grounds are still saturated but a lot of the creeks have come down a lot.”