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FXUS61 KRNK 280034

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
834 PM EDT Tue Sep 27 2016

A stationary front with weak areas of low pressure extended from
the Mid Atlantic states to Louisiana. Another cold front will
track through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys on Wednesday and
Wednesday night. This low pressure system over the Mid Atlantic
will move slowly northeast into New England this weekend.


As of 800 PM EDT Tuesday...

Front stalled near the Blue Ridge combined with increasing
dynamics from southward moving and deepening upper low from the
Great Lakes region allowing for continued development of fairly
robust convection across the Piedmont. With lowering
heights/temperatures aloft and still warm/moist air east of the
front with PWATS around 1.7 inch, this is likely to continue.

Dynamics will continue to increase overnight as the upper low
continues to sag southward into the central Appalachians. This
will result in continued and renewed convection along and
northeast along the spine of the Blue Ridge. Advertised pops have
a good handle on the expected pattern, so will not make any
changes at this time.

Temperatures just a tad warmer than forecast. Sharp contrast in
air mass between areas west of the front/Blue Ridge and locations
to the east. Dewpoints range from the upper 30s around LWB to near
70 around DAN. Overnight lows will range from the upper 40s
northeast part of the CWA to upper 60s southeast where PWATS are

As of 335 PM EDT Tuesday...

Front was hung up along the Blue Ridge this afternoon. Lowered
clouds had just cleared out of the piedmont after 2PM. MSAS
analysis showed east of the front that the lifted index values
were as high as -5 where there has been breaks in the clouds
today. Highest probability for precipitation remains east of a
Lynchburg to Wilkesboro line. Expect a sharp gradient on the
western side of the clouds and precipitation tonight and

Mean flow from 850-500mb will be from the southwest tonight and
Wednesday which will result in little movement of the surface
front. Axis of deepest moisture and lift will remain over the
piedmont of Virginia and North Carolina on Wednesday. Models fill
low clouds and some fog back in overnight, especially east of the
Blue Ridge. Amount of clearing on Wednesday will be the biggest
influence on afternoon high temperatures. Fog is also expected to
form overnight in the western river valleys.

Have lowered minimum temperatures in southeast West Virginia based
on the lack of cloud cover and the surface dew points that have
lowered in the mid 30s to lower 40s. Otherwise stayed close to
bias corrected MAV guidance for lows tonight and highs on


As of 300 PM EDT Tuesday...

Closed upper low center in the Ohio Valley Wednesday evening will
move eastward and reach Eastern Kentucky by Thursday night.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms associated with the shortwave
riding northward along the frontal boundary will continue Wednesday
evening into Wednesday night as the low digs south. The SWODY2 has
highlighted a marginal risk for severe weather east of the Blue
Ridge mountains. Low temperatures Wednesday night will range from
the mid 40s in the northwest mountains to the lower 60s in the
Piedmont. Coop guidance suggest that a few lower 40s may be

A cold front will drop southeast out of the Ohio valley and move
east into the Appalachians on Thursday. Scattered showers and
thunderstorms will develop ahead and along the frontal boundary.
Some the thunderstorms could be strong with hail, gusty winds and
heavy downpours. An impressive low to mid level lapse rates combined
with very low freezing heights across the area could help the hail
potential. High temperatures on Thursday will vary from around 60
degrees in the west to the lower 70s in the East. Cloudy conditions
with scattered showers will continue Thursday night. The best chance
for rain will be across the north. Low temperatures Thursday night
will vary from lower 40s in the mountains to the mid 50s in the


As of 300 PM EDT Tuesday...

Closed upper low over Kentucky Friday morning lifts northward in the
Ohio Valley this weekend. The low center continue to push into the
Great lakes by Sunday evening and New England by Monday. The low will
move into the Atlantic ocean on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the potential
for tropical low development across the Caribbean may lead to a
threat for the southeast early next week. This is being monitored by
the NHC and WPC.

Temperatures will start cooler for Friday with clouds along with
unsettled weather and improve Saturday, then moderate Sunday into


As of 800 PM EDT Tuesday...

Highly variable conditions across the region this evening as a
cold front near the Blue Ridge has stalled and represents a sharp
contrast between much drier/stable air west of the Blue Ridge to
moist, unstable air east of the Blue Ridge. Scattered
thunderstorms continue to develop along and east of the front. As
a deepening upper low continues to sag southward from the Great
Lakes into the Central Appalachians over the next 24 hours or
so...expect convection to actually increase over the next few
hours across the VA/NC Piedmont ahead of the front. Temperatures
are cooling some of these storms continue to be strong
to isolated severe, which should decrease as the night goes on.
However, the coverage will likely increase.

West of the Blue Ridge, potential for late night/early morning
dense fog exists where skies are clear and radiational cooling is
effective, especially after 08Z. East of the Blue Ridge, clouds
and showers should prevent the development of dense fog. However,
widespread low clouds are expected east of the front with mainly
MVFR cigs becoming IFR at times during the late night/early
morning hours.

Wednesday will be unsettled east of the Blue Ridge with scattered
showers, some thunderstorms and mainly MVFR cigs through much of
the day. To the west, expect greater periods of VFR cigs.

Winds will be light and variable overnight, tending to become
southeast to south 5-7kts Wednesday.

Medium confidence in cigs and vsbys through the TAF valid period.
Medium confidence in wind speed/direction through the TAF valid

Extended aviation discussion...

A deep upper low will remain over the Ohio and Tennessee Valley
through Friday. This will keep variable clouds, MVFR cigs, and
periods of -SHRA across the region through much of the period.
Saturday is the most likely day to be drier and have VFR conditions.




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