After Earthquake, Severe Weather Next For Oklahoma

November 06, 2011; 3:25 PM
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An image of a severe thunderstorm in Memphis, Tenn., earlier this year. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)

Severe weather is forecast to rattle Oklahoma on Monday after a record-setting earthquake Saturday night.

"My house creaked and shook and all the interior door rattled and shook!" wrote AccuWeather.com Facebook Fan Donna Tyler.

There were similar accounts from others across the state with the epicenter 47 miles east of Oklahoma City.

This Monday, however, it will be severe weather that will put residents on guard.

"Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible not only across Oklahoma, but into northern Texas and eventually the lower Mississippi Valley early next week," said Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.

The storm responsible for the severe weather threat is crashing into Oregon and northern California through tonight before the storm reaches the southern Plains early next week.

The storm will usher more cold air in for the West this week. Accompanying the cold is snow for the southern Cascades and Sierra for the balance of the weekend.

As this cold storm emerges from the Southwest on Monday, it will set the stage for a clash between the cold and warm air across Oklahoma and Texas. Strong winds aloft could transfer to the surface in the strongest thunderstorms, creating the risk for damaging winds. In addition, tornadoes and large hail cannot be ruled out.

Strong thunderstorms could rumble across cities such as Oklahoma City to Abilene and Dallas, Texas, Monday into Monday night.

As Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski explained, "it appears the size of the threat area for severe thunderstorms at this time would be rather large and stretch from central Texas to the mid-Mississippi Valley Monday into Tuesday."

Thus, we are urging residents across the region to be on guard heading into Monday and pay close attention to the latest forecast.

By Tuesday, the severe weather threat will extend from Springfield, Mo., to Lake Charles, La.

Much quieter and cooler weather will settle into the southern Plains for the remainder of next week in wake of the dangerous storm.

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