4th Holiday Weekend Weather, and Safety Reminders

A slow-moving front and plenty of moisture will wring out some spotty, but heavy, rainfall for the first part of the weekend. A marginal severe threat also exists for gusty wind.

Thu 29 June 2017 / 10:30 p.m.

Even though Independence Day is on a Tuesday this year, there’s little doubt some will “clump” it all together into a four-day weekend.

The weather looks rather dicey for Friday night/Saturday morning as a cold front stalls along the Red River, a mid-level trough passes overhead, and we will have LOTS of moisture for these features to work with. So, heavy rain is expected in pockets; over 2” in some spots, less than a half-inch in others.

The frontal boundary begins to retreat northward Sunday and our rain chances steadily decrease; a brisk southerly flow and high pressure building aloft suggest sunny, windy and hot for most of Sunday, and completely dry for Monday, and for the 4th on Tuesday. Dry…but very humid.

Here are some Independence Day Holiday bullet points:

>>>PLEASE be super careful if you are using fireworks
>>> Stay hydrated in the heat
>>> Use sunblock, take breaks from direct sun exposure
>>> Be careful where you swim and never dive into water of unknown depth (it might be too shallow!)
>>> Head indoors if you see lightning or hear thunder, wait until storms pass

>>> Have a great Holiday weekend!

Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
News 12 / KXII-TV