The Edmond Sun

April 17, 2013

NWS tornado watch includes Edmond area

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond is in the heart of a tornado watch that extends from north Texas all the way to western Illinois.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is forecasting the development of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds over parts of the southern and central plains Wednesday afternoon, evening and overnight.

Areas most likely to experience this activity include southeastern Kansas far western Missouri, much of Oklahoma and far northern Texas. Severe thunderstorms are also possible from central Texas to Illinois.

At 1:20 p.m. a tornado watch was issued until 11 p.m. Wednesday for all of Oklahoma except counties in northwest and southeastern parts of the state.

The moderate risk area includes locations east of a Hollis to Clinton to Medford line and includes the Oklahoma City area, Wichita Falls, Texas, Enid, Ponca City, Stillwater, Ada, Ardmore and Durant. The slight risk area is west of this line and includes Elk City, Woodward and Alva.

The most likely time for supercells and significant severe storms with baseball-size hail and greatest risk for tornadoes is between 4-10 p.m. Golf ball-size hail and damaging winds up to 75 mph are possible as well, the weather service forecast.

During the late evening and overnight hours a strong cold front will move south over the region and be accompanied by a squall line of storms that will be capable of producing golf ball-size hail and damaging wind gusts up to 75 mph.

Heavy rainfall of 1-3 inches may cause flooding in a few locations tonight mainly east of a Wichita Falls to Oklahoma City to Ponca City line. Wintry precipitation is expected to be limited to parts of far western and northern Oklahoma. | 341-2121, ext. 108