Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
525 PM CST Sat Feb 17 2018

.UPDATE...
Issued at 525 PM CST Sat Feb 17 2018

Updated for 00Z aviation forecast discussion.

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.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday night)
Issued at 245 PM CST Sat Feb 17 2018

Not a whole lot of impact weather to talk about in the short term.
With the exit of today`s system, skies will try to clear out
slowly from west to east overnight as a surface high pushes east
into the mid MS River Valley. It looks as though models are once
again trying to clear skies too quickly though based on latest
satellite trends, so delayed it a bit. If skies do actually clear
as forecast, there would be a window for some fog development
later tonight as winds go nearly calm over a wet ground. However,
forecast soundings are pretty dry right off the surface, which
could mitigate the fog threat. Will need to monitor. If fog were
to develop, would need to keep in mind that surface temps will be
near or below freezing in many locations by morning.

High pressure scoots rapidly east Sunday allowing winds to become
more southerly. With the help of sunshine, this should help
temps warm into the 50s. South to southwesterly flow will increase
at all levels Sunday night into Monday. This could aid in
supporting scattered warm advection showers later Sunday night
into Monday. Should not much of an impact though. The bigger story
will be the rise in temps later Sunday night through Monday.
Despite possible considerable cloud cover much of the day, temps
will likely make it to near or above 70 again over a good portion
of the region. In fact, some record highs across the region may
fall or be challenged. Lows will not fall off too much Monday
night, and will likely shatter all record high minimum
temperatures for the night across the region.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Saturday)
Issued at 245 PM CST Sat Feb 17 2018

The extended period forecast looks mostly wet for the PAH forecast
area under a persistent western trof/eastern ridge longwave
mid/upper level flow pattern.

Initially, the medium range models indicate that a subtropical ridge
centered just east of the Atlantic seaboard will be strong enough to
hold off widespread pcpn during the day Tue. It should be breezy
and abnormally warm again. In fact, afternoon temps will likely
challenge record highs in the mid 70s.

Shortwave energy moving through the western trof will continue to
induce waves of low pressure along a surface cold front, and by
Tue night, the front, extending from the Gulf Coast all the way to
the Canadian maritimes, is progged to head southeast Tue night,
resulting in high PoPs and QPF for our region. There may be enough
instability for thunderstorms to develop Tue night. Behind the
front will be a substantially cooler airmass, causing a 30-35
degree drop in high temps between Tue and Wed.

By Wed, differences in the smaller details of the models begin to
differ, but model consensus suggested that there may be a temporary
lull in the pcpn Wed, with some kind of resurgence possible with the
front attempting to move back northwest as a warm front Wed night,
as yet another bundle of energy ejects out of the southwestern
CONUS. Still, there may be enough cold air moving in aloft Wed night
to generate a limited amount of snowfall or even a wintry mix.

The weather picture gets murkier toward days 6/7, but Fri and Sat
look wet at this time as the Gulf should remain wide open for a
moisture source. We should remain in the warm sector toward this
time period, providing well-above-average temps.

&&

.AVIATION...
Issued at 525 PM CST Sat Feb 17 2018

Main item of concern is how soon to clear clouds and raise vsbys.
Areas of drizzle are causing the lowered cigs/vsbys at KEVV/KOWB
and that should improve over the next few hours. The back edge of
the clouds is fast approaching and it appears as though we will
see clouds clearing out (as well as cigs rising) throughout the
evening. Will monitor closely to readjust for timing. Next issue
would be possible fog and how bad it will become. Played it MVFR
for now early Sunday morning. Winds will become light and variable
and then pick up out of the southeast by Sunday
morning/afternoon.

&&

.PAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IL...None.
MO...None.
IN...None.
KY...None.
&&

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