Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA
FXUS61 KRNK 300507
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
107 AM EDT Fri Sep 30 2016
A strong upper level area of low pressure will remain just west of
the mountains today before slowly lifting to the north later
Friday night into Saturday. This system will combine with a
residual stationary front across the region to produce periods of
showers and thunderstorms into Friday night. The low will move
northeast, away from the region, resulting in drier weather this
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/...
As of 1146 PM EDT Thursday...
Keeping the flash flood watch over the north though we have had
some narrow bands of torrential rain further south. The saving
grace so far is that these bands have been moving enough to
prevent flash flooding, but still causing some minor street
flooding or low lying flooding.
Two areas of upper level divergence associated with jet over KY.
With still good deep moisture convergence per southeast low lvl
flow, will see bands of showers/few thunderstorms continue to
pivot north across most of the forecast area, with best focus
lying from along the Blue Ridge near the VA/NC border north into
the Alleghany Highlands.
Previous evening discussion...
Decided to hoist a flash flood watch for our Alleghany Highlands
to Amherst County til early Friday. High-res models and radar
trends are focusing deeper convection setting up across this area
through overnight. Severe threat will start to wane overnight with
loss of heating but still some decent shear could lead to isolated
wind damage or hail.
Previous discussion from late afternoon...
The Flash Flood Watch for the piedmont of Virginia into
Rockbridge County will be allowed to expire at 6pm. Deep
convection has been lacking this afternoon here, and short term
models are indicating main focus through early evening will be in
the west. However, the slow moving band from MTV-ROA-HSP at 2150z
will keep shifting north and northeast. Will have to monitor the
Alleghanys and Shenandoah Valley of our forecast area for possible
watch if deep convection maintains its intensity into early
evening. Forecast grids updated to account for latest radar and
high-res models trends favoring likely to categorical pops in the
west to little to low chance pops in the NC piedmont through
Previous afternoon discussion...
Upper low was along the Ohio River as seen in all satellite loops.
A well defined area of mid level drying over the central and
southern Appalachians into the eastern Great Lakes. The upper low
is forecast to drift southeast into Kentucky then loop back into
Indiana. Good consensus in the guidance with the track of the low.
As a result there will be little change in the weather pattern
tonight or Friday.
Surface through low level winds will keep dew points in the 60s in
all but the southwest tip of Virginia and extreme western North
Carolina. This will fill low clouds and fog in over the foothills
and to the east. The western edge of multiple bands of showers and
thunderstorms will gradually move northeast tonight and Friday.
Have taken a blend of bias corrected MET and MAV guidance for lows
tonight. Areas closer to the upper low, west of Bluefield and
Wilkesboro will have the coolest temperatures overnight. Highs on
Friday will very dependent on cloud cover, similar to today.
Locations that have more sunshine will be close to 80 degrees.
Spots that stay in the low clouds longer may only reach the lower
.SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/...
As of 330 PM EDT Thursday...
The closed low over the Ohio valley that has been dominating the upper
level pattern will slowly pull up to the Great Lakes region as it
starts to open up, dragging a well occluded surface low with it. This
will position our region essentially in the dry slot under a neutral
thermal advection regime with slight warming aloft. This should yield a
weekend forecast devoid of significant precipitation though an isolated
shower may still be possible. By sunday night, high pressure pushing in
form the upper midwest will nudge a cold front to our western doorstep
but the best forcing and instability will be shearing off to our
northwest so the chances for any frontal precipitation encroaching
Sunday night are low.
.LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
As of 330 PM EDT Thursday...
The upper low will give way to ridging in the eastern US through the
early part of next week. This stall the approaching front and allow a
large area of high pressure to settle over New England and wedge down
the east side of the Appalachians. The big variable lies with the
potential track of TS Matthew as it is expected to turn north and move
up the Atlantic coast. The exact track of Matthew will determine how
much, if any, precipitation it can push into the region from the east
and how much overrunning precipitation will develop as it interacts
with the wedge. Right now, the most likely scenario is for some light
overrunning precipitation to develop by Tuesday and increase a bit into
Wednesday especially in the east, with any significant effects form
Matthew remaining to our east.
.AVIATION /06Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
As of 1250 AM EDT Friday...
Variable but overall sub-VFR conditions will prevail overnight
with cigs fluctuating between MVFR and low end IFR at times. Best
coverage of showers resulting in vsby restrictions look to occur
along the KLYH-KHSP corridor for the rest of the night. However
another narrow band of showers and storms may affect areas from
KBLF to KBCB/KROA into the early morning hours. Thus will include
either a vicinity or tempo mention with perhaps a brief prevailing
group of lower cigs/vsbys. Should finally see convection wane
before daybreak but still enough to keep thunder in a few western
sites over the next few hours.
Uncertainty continues with the degree of added convective coverage
on Friday with the upper low starting to retrograde while the
occluded boundary to the west shifts east and starts to cutoff
deeper moisture late. Models continue to focus showers and storms
across the northwest corridor Friday morning, then along and
north of a KLWB- KDAN line. Should see any IFR conditions slowly
improve to MVFR/VFR by midday/early afternoon though think places
like ROA/LYH/LWB will keep MVFR to the end of this taf period.
Will include more showers and storms given decent probability
during the afternoon in most locations with tapering of showers
by the evening as the main corridor of deeper lift slides north.
Extended aviation discussion...
A deep upper low will finally shift farther to the north by
Saturday and away from the region on Sunday. This should allow for
a gradual improvement in cigs after early sub-VFR Saturday with
widespread VFR Sunday as weak high pressure builds in. Looks like
overall VFR to then prevail into early next week outside of some
upslope low clouds Monday and perhaps along the Blue Ridge Tuesday
as another weak wedge develops under high pressure to the north.
As of 750 PM EDT Thursday...
Banding of heavier showers and storms look to form up across the
Bath County to Amherst County area through overnight. Mainly
looking at potential training here which could bring small streams
out of their banks if deeper convection can maintain itself.
Expect some weakening with loss of heating.
Effects on main stem rivers will still keep them well below flood
stage, so main concern in smaller creeks, as well as urban areas
like Lexington and Covington.
VA...Flash Flood Watch until 8 AM EDT this morning for VAZ019-020-