It’s gearing up to be an eventful weekend for weather in the Ardmore area with four degree shifts in temperature, rain, snow and a chance of severe weather all on the menu. Jennifer Thompson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman, said everything will begin with rain on Friday morning.
“It looks like precipitation chances go up pretty high right after around 6 a.m. on Friday, and will remain high until around 6 p.m. Friday evening,” Thompson said, adding that temperatures will be pleasant through most of the day but drop after the sun goes down. “It looks like temperatures will warm to probably the low to mid 60s on Friday. The cooler temperatures probably won’t arrive until overnight Friday. By midnight we should drop into the 30s.”
Friday will also bring the potential for severe weather. While the chances in the Ardmore area are considered moderate, the risk is higher in eastern portions of the state.
“The greatest threat for severe weather will be to the east of Interstate 35, and it looks like the storm predictions have a risk over far Eastern Oklahoma, so Ardmore will be in the marginal risk area,” Thompson said. “From what I’ve been hearing, it looks like all modes of severe weather will be possible — hail, wind, the possibility of an isolated tornado — however it looks like the bulls-eye of the severe weather will be concentrated in the Ark-La-Tex region.”
The severe weather threat will be over by Friday evening, but the chance of snow will begin by the early hours of Saturday morning.
“There’s a good chance for some light snow beginning probably around midnight or so Friday night into Saturday, and that’s true for a good portion of the Central Oklahoma area,” Thompson said. “It looks like we have a chance of it lasting through the early afternoon on Saturday, but it will be moving out of the area after that.”
Thompson said the snow could potentially accumulate up to a half an inch before moving out of the area. Temperatures will remain in the 30s most of the day Saturday with the overnight low in the mid to upper 20s. Temperatures will warm up again on Sunday with a high in the mid 50s.