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Eastern Oklahoma/Northwest Arkansas Weather Summary
National Weather Service Tulsa OK
837 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018
The skies over eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas this
afternoon varied from sunny to partly cloudy. A tight pressure
gradient existed across the region today, resulting in gusty
southwest winds ranging from 15 to 25 mph, gusting at times into
the 30 to near 40 mph range. Temperatures were also elevated, well
above the seasonal average in fact. Daytime highs this afternoon
varied from the mid 70s to lower 80s, with Fayetteville's Drake
Field tying the daily record of 78 degrees today.
At mid evening, mostly clear conditions were common across area
skies. Surface winds had diminished from the gusty conditions
observed throughout the afternoon as a dry line passed east across
the area in advance of an approaching cold front moving through
central Kansas and northwest Oklahoma. No precipitation was
occurring in association with this cold front, as low level
moisture remains in short supply across the central part of the
country. Temperatures around the area at mid evening varied from
the upper 50s to lower 70s.
Mostly clear skies are expected for the rest of the evening and
overnight. Winds will gradually subside through the rest of the
evening, eventually becoming light for the overnight period.
Cooler temperatures return to the area in the wake of the passing
cold front, with morning lows on Saturday to vary from the upper
30s to upper 40s. Saturday will be partly cloudy for most of the
area, with areas south of interstate 40 becoming mostly cloudy by
late afternoon. A northerly breeze will prevail through the day
Saturday, with wind speeds of around 10 mph. High temperatures
tomorrow will range from the lower 60s to mid 70s.