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FXUS63 KJKL 212355

National Weather Service Jackson KY
655 PM EST Sun Jan 21 2018

Issued at 655 PM EST SUN JAN 21 2018

A few sprinkles are working east across the area presently, but
looking back to the west and southwest, very little cloud cover is
noted. Thus, we will see these sprinkles move on through early
this evening with dry weather prevailing through the rest of the
night. We could actually see more clearing than presently
forecast, but will continue watching these trends for potential
updates. With less cloud cover expected potentially, valley
locations in the east could fall rather quick and reach the low
40s tonight.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday night)
Issued at 406 PM EST SUN JAN 21 2018

Isolated to scattered showers continue to stream from southwest to
northeast across eastern Kentucky this afternoon as warm/moist
advection takes place in south/southwest flow. Wind fields will
strengthen tonight and tomorrow downstream of an upper low
ejecting out of the Front Range into the central Plains, with a
deepening surface low edging toward the Missouri Valley. Other
than a minor ridge/valley temperature split across far eastern
Kentucky where clouds may break a bit longer owing to greater
moisture lifting north across the Bluegrass region toward the Ohio
River, this regime should keep low temperatures spanning the 40s.

One more warm day will materialize Monday downstream of the
approaching system and associated cold front, with highs topping
out in the 60s. South to southwest winds will increase toward
15-20 mph through the afternoon with gusts approaching 30 mph at
times. Lowering/thickening clouds will bring increasing rain
shower chances through the day, with the best shot arriving late
Monday afternoon and evening. While elevated instability looks to
exist with cooling taking place aloft, a narrow window may develop
Monday evening in order for some surfaced-based convection to
materialize. Have thus expanded thunder chances during the evening
for much of eastern Kentucky, with stout wind fields aloft
possibly mixing down toward the surface with any stronger
showers/storms that develop. Overall instability looks to remain
rather weak and will likely lead to updrafts shearing apart given
the degree of wind aloft.

Rain showers will continue to taper off toward the east Monday
night as the upper low pushes toward the lower Great Lakes. Cold
air advection will be ongoing with temperatures falling through
the 40s and approaching the upper 30s to lower 40s by daybreak

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
Issued at 406 PM EST SUN JAN 21 2018

Backing flow in wake of the departing low will be interrupted by
another shortwave trough moving in from the northwest into
midweek. This will reinforce the recent cooldown with temperatures
only making it into the upper 30s/lower 40s through Wednesday. Rain/snow
showers will taper off toward the northeast Tuesday and Tuesday
night with upslope flow in place. Some question as to how much ice
will be present in the dendritic growth zone, but will keep what
slim precipitation chances exist as rain/snow at this time. May
have to watch for the potential of some drizzle/freezing drizzle
Tuesday night into early Wednesday.

Building heights will take shape for the end of the week as upper
ridging sprawls east from the central CONUS, with highs rebounding
into the 50s by the end of the week. The next disturbance will
approach by late Friday into the weekend, bringing the next chance
of precipitation to eastern Kentucky complete with a cooldown by
late weekend into the following week.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Monday evening)

VFR conditions will be seen tonight as southerly flow continues to
increase ahead of an approaching cold front. This front will bring
showers and perhaps a storm to eastern Kentucky later Monday
afternoon or evening. Could be some low level wind shear overnight
as well.




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