Big hail, tornadoes in the forecast this week for Broken Arrow


By John Dobberstein, Editor

The Tulsa metro area will be in Mother Nature’s crosshairs again this week, with at least two rounds of severe weather forecast to occur today and Wednesday, the National Weather Service says,

Broken Arrow and much of northern Oklahoma are under a “moderate” risk of severe weather from about 3-11 p.m. today as “intense” storms are expected. “Tornadoes are likely, a few of which could be strong, along with widespread damaging winds and very large hail,” the Storm Prediction Center said this morning.

“Significant tornadoes and very large hail will be most likely in the early supercell stage,” in Northeast Oklahoma, “with the latter transitioning to a significant damaging wind threat … towards the Ozark Plateau.”

The eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma will be at no less than a “slight” risk of severe weather. Muskogee, Enid and Stillwater will also see the highest threat of severe weather in addition to the Tulsa metro, while Oklahoma City, Edmond and Fort Smith will see “enhanced” chances of severe.

Severe thunderstorms with large hail, wind damage and some tornadoes will be likely Wednesday afternoon and evening across the southern Plains extending northeastward into the western Ozarks. Very large hail will be likely and strong tornadoes will be possible. The Tulsa area has been placed in the “enhanced” zone for severe weather Wednesday, although forecast details could change.

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