Thunderstorms are expected to develop early this afternoon across eastern Oklahoma and will move westward with time. The primary severe weather threats with these storms will be damaging straight line winds and large hail, though a possible tornado cannot be ruled out, especially across southwest AR, NE TX , and SE OK region. Additional storms may develop during the overnight hours Friday as the upper level low moves overhead. Thunderstorm chances will decrease from west to east Saturday as the upper low clears the area.
Strong southerly winds have developed ahead of a storm system that will move through the region today. Portions of the area will see winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, thus a Wind Advisory has been issued and is in effect through 1 PM this afternoon. Items not secured, or placed in a safe location, may be blown around and damaged. Use caution while driving, especially high profile vehicles, as strong winds may impact your driving.
Dry, windy conditions and warmer temperatures will allow for elevated fire danger this afternoon. Scattered light showers this morning will have very little impact on fire potential during the afternoon as dryline nears the area. Relative humidity will drop into the 20-30% range generally along and west of Hwy 75. Southerly winds will remain strong through tonight and will allow any fire to quickly get out of control.