The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 22, 2014

Storm chances increase Wednesday, weekend

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Severe thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wednesday and the weekend, according to National Weather Service.

Scattered storms may form over western Oklahoma and travel eastward, according to NWS meteorologists. The NWS has put the storm chances at 50 percent for the Enid area.

The main threat, if it materializes, is for large hail, damaging wind and isolated tornadoes, Mike Honigsberg, certified director of Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management, said in an email update Tuesday morning.

Otherwise, skies will become increasingly cloudy, and a brisk southeast wind will be sustained at 23-28 mph with gusts as high as 39 mph. The high Wednesday will in the low-80s, with a low around 59.

The chances of storms for the weekend currently are 40 percent for Saturday and 20 percent Sunday night and Monday. If storms do occur Saturday afternoon and evening, they could be heavy, Honigsberg said.

"This event could be the most significant since May of last year," he said, adding they may not fire up at all.

It is best, however, to be prepared for the possibility, he said. He also urged area residents to make a severe weather plan and prepare emergency kits and supplies.