After nearly a week of unstable weather, which included rain, cold air, clouds, fog and even ice, Texoma will see sunny skies and pleasant temperatures throughout Sunday and into the beginning of the work week.
National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Eric Martello of the agency’s Fort Worth field office said the region has seen several waves of showers and storms thanks to a large weather system affecting other parts of the U.S.
“We’ve had a really large trough over the western part of the country that’s been pushing out these little disturbances every 12 to 18 hours or so and that’s being met by moist air from the Gulf (of Mexico),” Martello said. “That’s what gave us the storms we had on Tuesday and again on Thursday and this weekend.”
Monthly rainfall totals recorded at a Sherman co-op station reached 6.3 inches on Saturday morning, the majority of which fell in recent days. The same station collected just under three inches of rain on Tuesday and one inch of rain on Wednesday. The figures stand in stark contrast to February’s average monthly rainfall total of 2.9 inches and January’s average of 1.16 inches.
Martello said Texoma will see a break in the weather as the weekend winds down.
“Sunday will be nice,” Martello said. “We’ll see sunny skies, highs in the mid 60s and southeast winds, maybe up to about 10 miles per hour.”
NWS forecasts indicate that Texoma could see patchy fog on Sunday night as well as overnight lows dipping into the upper 30s, but no chance for winter weather or ice. The warmer spring-like conditions are expected to remain in place on Monday, but cloud cover will likely increase Monday night pushing lows into the low 40s.
By Tuesday afternoon, Martello said another unstable system is set to arrive and is expected to bring the potential for more rain and potentially severe storms. Martello said the rain and storms may continue through Wednesday, but forecasts beyond the middle of the week were uncertain due to fluctuating conditions associated with the system.
Martello said it’s not unusual for Texoma and the rest of the state to see stormy weather at this time of year and more will likely be in store as the spring storm season rolls in.
“We basically can get severe weather year round,” Martello said. “But the main severe weather season usually starts right after St. Patrick’s Day in March and runs through Memorial Day or the first week of June.”