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FXUS63 KJKL 281952

National Weather Service Jackson KY
352 PM EDT Sun May 28 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday night)
Issued at 352 PM EDT SUN MAY 28 2017

The latest surface map features a cold front aligned from
northern Indiana down across southeast Missouri, with another
surface boundary moving across the northern Plains. Aloft, an
upper level low continues to spiral across southern Manitoba, with
cyclonic flow established across the northern Plains and Great
Lakes regions.

Eastern Kentucky has been enjoying a much quieter day, as plenty
of clouds have kept temperatures down, with only a few low-topped
showers having popped up in the last hour or so. This suppressed
activity should continue through early this evening, before
temporarily diminishing, before the cold front drops southeast
across the area later tonight into early Monday morning. Have
allowed for an uptick in POPs, with a few thunderstorms possible,
although could see the thunder not happening at all, given the
more limited instability in place. Lows will range from around 60
north of I-64, to the mid 60s near the TN/KY border.

Shower activity will dry up through dawn, as the cold front exits
off to the southeast. Monday will feature a drier and milder day,
with temperatures peaking near the 80 degree mark. Dry weather
should hold on into Monday night, as we await the next cold front
approaching from the northwest. Lows will range from 55 to 60.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
Issued at 352 PM EDT SUN MAY 28 2017

Unsettled period expected through the extended. An upper level
trough will be rotating across Ontario during the day Tuesday, where
it will remain in place through Thursday, before slowly shifting
eastward Friday and Saturday, the exiting off the Atlantic Coastline
Saturday night. As a result, expect longwave troughing across the
Ohio Valley through much of the period. A strong shortwave will move
across the Central Plains Friday, reaching the mid-Mississippi
Valley by Saturday, then weakening as it shifts eastward into our
region Saturday night into Sunday.

Several surface frontal features are expected to impact the state
during the extended as well, including a developing cold front which
will traverse eastward through the CWA during the day Tuesday, in
conjunction with the longwave troughing pattern aloft, a surface
boundary that will develop to our west Wednesday, and another cold
front which will stall out across Kentucky Saturday into Saturday.
These will translate to scattered precip throughout much of the
period, with best instability and thunder development expected
during peak heating in the afternoon/evening, and along any frontal
boundaries (Friday afternoon through Saturday).

Temperatures will generally be pretty close to seasonable normals
during the period. Expect upper 70s to just above 80 degrees for
highs. Overnight lows will show a bit more variability based on if
there is cloud cover around and wind flow. Tuesday night and
Wednesday night are both fairly clear with generally 50s expected
(can`t rule out some ridge/valley differences as well), however
Thursday night will be warmer in the low 60s thanks to increasing
cloud cover and southerly flow. Low 60s can be expected through the
remainder of the forecast period as cloud cover and southerly flow
remains in place.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon)

MVFR stratocumulus will raise to above 3k feet agl over the next
few hours. Isolated to scattered showers will develop across the
area, but these will be light, and likely not result in any
significant ceiling or visibility restrictions. A cold front will
approach and move through the area between 06 and 12z, with
scattered showers and possibly a few thunderstorms accompanying
this boundary. Ceilings will likely drop off to IFR or lower in
places towards dawn. Southwest winds of 5 to 10 kts, with some
gusts of around 15 kts, will become more westerly behind the
frontal passage. Lower ceilings will scatter out by the mid-
morning hours on Monday, with a return to VFR conditions.




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