FROM GARFIELD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT-SUNDAY, CHRISTMAS DAY
First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope everyone has a blessed day.
Weatherwise, as stated most of the week, things change as events get closer. The Storm Prediction Center has lessened the risk up north to Marginal from Slight but don’t let your guard down if you plan to travel that way. Things can still get out of control if certain parameters are met. Folks who live in eastern Oklahoma should pay close attention to their local NWS office as storms are more likely to occur there than here. Just heads up!!
For us, it appears we have a short window for thunderstorms today as the dryline pushes through the area. We may only see light rain but after the dryline passes through, we’ll see winds increase dramatically and that will also increase the FIRE DANGER. Be extremely careful if doing anything that involves fire. Also, secure anything that might take flight since winds will be a bit gusty after frontal passage. IF YOU SEE SMOKE OR ACTUAL FIRE, CALL 911 so we can get on those areas quickly.
We are not in a WIND WARNING OR ADVISORY AS OF THIS TYPING AT 4 AM. It wouldn’t surprise me if we end up in an advisory. Either way, we’ll continue to watch and also coordinate with the NWS and keep you advised.
Here is your forecast from the NWS/NORMAN;
Christmas Day-Drizzle and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Widespread fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Windy, with a south southeast wind 21 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday Night-Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A SUPER DAY