TULSA – The National Weather Service says Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma is in an enhanced risk for more supercell thunderstorms today, that could produce violent and damaging long track tornadoes.

“Significant severe weather is expected across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas Today with the greatest risk across northeast Oklahoma,” Meteorologists said early Monday. “All modes of severe weather will be possible with tornadoes, large hail and wind gusts to around 70 mph are all possible.”

Forecasters say the severe weather could start as early as late morning with the greatest risk during the mid afternoon hours into this evening.

In an unprecedented move, a large number of school districts including Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Moore, Muskogee, Shawnee, and Norman all cancelled classes today in an attempt to keep students safe due to the severity of the forecast.

“These are challenging decisions to make, and we work with the National Weather Service and local emergency management agencies to understand the potential timing and severity of weather events,” officials with the Tulsa Public Schools said in a public statement. “These partnerships help us to make the best informed decisions that we can to ensure that our students, teachers, and team members stay safe and healthy.”

For the first time in two years, much of Central and Southwest Oklahoma were put in a high risk for tornado activity.

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