Severe Storms Expected This Weekend

We were on severe weather watch throughout the afternoon and evening Friday, and when I left after the late news, chief meteorologist Frank Mitchell stayed behind to watch for any tornadoes heading into northeastern Oklahoma. I don’t know how long he was there, but he was planning for at least 4 am.

Meteorologists spend countless hours at the station during severe weather season. And it’s not just on camera during the height of the storms. They’re there into the wee hours of the morning, while most of us are asleep, monitoring the latest, to keep us safe. Here’s the latest severe weather forecast (as of Saturday morning) as we head into what could be a very turbulent weekend:

Strong storms continued Saturday morning across northeastern Oklahoma and by 9 a.m. were moving out of the state. But, another round of storms — with a high likelihood of being severe with possible tornadoes — is expected later today.

A tornado watch which was in effect for northeastern Oklahoma expired at 9 a.m. One tornado warning was issued in Pawnee County early Saturday morning, but no tornadoes were ever confirmed.

That wasn’t the case in central Oklahoma on Friday. A tornado touched down in Norman at about 4 p.m., causing lots of damage and minor injuries to about a dozen people.

Saturday, there will be a period of clearing in the late morning before additional severe thunderstorms develop in the afternoon hours across western and central Oklahoma.

As was the case Friday, the storms will move to the east, impacting eastern Oklahoma by the evening and overnight hours. The best chances for severe weather in eastern Oklahoma will come in the late afternoon to early evening hours, however strong to severe storms with the capability of tornadoes could continue into early Sunday morning.

Tulsa’s Channel 8 will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary throughout the day here on ktul.com and on Tulsa’s Channel 8.

That tornado in Norman came close to the University of Oklahoma campus. Two of my boys go there. Both are fine. My oldest told me the students from Texas were “freaking out” though. Last year, a twister tore through a stretch of businesses just east of campus, and  one of my sons jumped in the car and went storm chasing. Oh to be young and dumb fearless.

When I left Frank late Friday night, I told him I hope he doesn’t see me this weekend. If he does that would mean our patch of Tornado Alley got hit pretty hard, and I was called in to work. Sure hope not.

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