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FXUS63 KJKL 282151
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
451 PM EST SAT FEB 28 2015

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY)
ISSUED AT 350 PM EST SAT FEB 28 2015

WINDS WILL SHIFT TO A MORE SRLY DIRECTION ON THE BACKSIDE OF EXITING
HIGH PRESSURE THIS EVENING...CREATING A PSEUDO WARM FRONTAL
BOUNDARY ALONG A DEVELOPING LLVL JET. OVERRUNNING PRECIP WILL
THEN DEVELOP BY THIS EVENING IN NORTHERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL
KENTUCKY...INTO INDIANA AS WELL AS OHIO. THIS WILL BRING PRECIP
INTO EASTERN KENTUCKY BY OR SHORTLY AFTER 06Z TONIGHT. THERE
CONTINUES TO BE A FEW CONCERNS WITH THIS SYSTEM...NAMELY A LIGHT
ICE AND SNOW POTENTIAL.

LATEST FORECAST SOUNDINGS ARE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT A STEADY OR
GRADUAL WARMING OF TEMPS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AS SOUTHERLY WINDS...
CLOUD COVER...AND PRECIP TAKE CONTROL. HOWEVER...GIVEN THE
ANTECEDENT COLD CONDITIONS...IT IS LIKELY THAT EVEN AS SURFACE TEMPS
SLOWLY RISE...THE PAVEMENT AND GROUND TEMPS WILL TAKE AN HOUR TO 3
HOURS LONGER. TEMPERATURES IN THE LLVLS WILL RISE ABOVE FREEZING
BETWEEN 0 AND 6Z...HOWEVER...SURFACE TEMPS WILL LIKELY LAG BEHIND BY
A FEW HOURS. THIS WILL CREATE THE SET UP FOR SOME SNOW/IP POTENTIAL
JUST AT ONSET /AND CONTINUING IN THE NORTH FOR A BIT LONGER/...THEN
A FREEZING RAIN POTENTIAL GIVEN THE LATEST NAM12 AND GFS40 FORECAST
SOUNDINGS THROUGH AROUND 12Z...BEFORE SURFACE TEMPS FINALLY WARM
ENOUGH ACROSS THE REGION THAT ALL PRECIP FALLS AS RAIN AFTER 12Z TO
15Z. GIVEN THE WARMER SRLY FLOW TOMORROW...TEMPS WILL FINALLY
INCREASE TO CLOSER TO SEASONABLE NORMAL VALUES DURING THE
AFTERNOON...GENERALLY IN THE 40S.

FROM HERE...FORECAST SOUNDINGS SHOW A DEEP LAYER OF MOISTURE
CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS SUNDAY
NIGHT WITH SOME CONTINUOUS/WIDESPREAD RAINFALL POSSIBLE. RAIN WILL
THEN CHANGE BACK OVER TO SNOW AS TEMPS DROP BELOW FREEZING AFTER
DARK...BEFORE FINALLY LOSING INTENSITY AND TAPERING OFF MONDAY
MORNING AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES IN OVERHEAD.

.LONG TERM...(MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 451 PM EST SAT FEB 28 2015

THE MODELS ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT WITH AN AMPLIFIED LONG WAVE
PATTERN TO RULE ACROSS THE CONUS THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND. A
POSITIVELY TILTED TROUGH OUT WEST WILL RESULT IN DEEP SOUTHWEST
FLOW TO SETTING UP ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. THIS WILL ALLOW
FOR A STOUT BAROCLINIC ZONE TO MEANDER THROUGH THE OHIO AND
TENNESSEE VALLEYS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK...WITH MUCH
WARMER AND WETTER AIR BEING ADVECTED INTO THE REGION. THIS WILL BE
FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER SHARP COOL DOWN...WITH ANY LINGERING
PRECIPITATION GOING OVER TO SNOW BEFORE ENDING THE WORK WEEK COLD
AND DRY.

DETAILS ON HOW ALL OF THIS EVOLVES CONTINUES TO BE LOWER
CONFIDENCE UNTIL WE GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE EVENT...SO HAVE
STUCK CLOSE TO A BLEND OF THE SOLUTIONS. IN GENERAL...THE MODELS
SEEM TO BE COUPLING THE MOISTURE AND BEST FORCING INITIALLY
FURTHER TO THE NORTHWEST...RESULTING IN NOT QUITE AS SIGNIFICANT
RAINFALL TOTALS ACROSS EASTERN KENTUCKY FROM TUESDAY THROUGH
THURSDAY...WITH GENERALLY 2 TO 3 INCHES FORECAST. STILL...THIS
WILL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO CAUSE FLOODING CONCERNS AND WILL
CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT THIS THREAT IN AN ONGOING HYDROLOGIC
OUTLOOK.

PRECIPITATION MAY START OUT AS A WINTRY MIX LATE MONDAY INTO EARLY
TUESDAY MORNING...DEPENDING ON HOW QUICKLY IT CAN COOL DOWN AS
WINDS VEER AROUND TO THE SOUTHEAST AND THICKER CLOUDS OVERSPREAD
THE AREA ONCE AGAIN. A SURFACE WARM FRONT WILL LIFT THROUGH ON
TUESDAY...WITH RAINY CONDITIONS MOVING IN. THE COLD FRONT WILL
FOLLOW AND VERY GRADUALLY SLIDE SOUTHEAST THROUGH THE AREA
TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...PROVIDING THE BULK OF THE
HEAVIER RAINFALL.

MUCH COLDER AIR WILL MOVE IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY BEHIND
THE FRONT...WITH ANY LINGERING PRECIPITATION GOING OVER TO
SNOW...WITH SOME LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE. AFTER ENJOYING
HIGHS IN THE 50S TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY...READINGS WILL FALL BACK
INTO THE 20S AND 30S FOR THURSDAY...WITH LOWS BOTTOMING OUT NEAR
THE 10 DEGREE MARK FRIDAY MORNING. HIGHS WILL RETURN TO THE 40S
FOR SATURDAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z SUNDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1253 PM EST SAT FEB 28 2015

MID/HIGH SCT TO BKN CLOUDS ARE BEGINNING TO INTRUDE INTO THE
CWA FROM THE WEST AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING BOUNDARY. AS THE AREA
OF MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM CONTINUES TO NEAR FROM THE
WEST...EXPECT CIGS TO GRADUALLY LOWER TO MVFR BY LATE TONIGHT AS
LIGHT PRECIP SPREADS ACROSS THE CWA...THEN TO IFR AS PRECIP TAKES
HOLD OF THE REGION AND CONTINUES THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE TAF
PERIOD. THERE IS STILL SOME QUESTION ABOUT THE FREEZING PRECIP
POTENTIAL...WITH A WARM LAYER ALOFT...AND SURFACE TEMPS NEAR
FREEZING. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH ENOUGH AT THIS TIME THAT IT WAS
INCLUDED IN THE TAFS...BUT EXACT TIMING AND IMPACTS ARE STILL YET
TO BE PINNED DOWN. LIGHT AND MAINLY VARIABLE WINDS ARE EXPECTED
THROUGH MUCH OF TONIGHT AHEAD OF THIS BOUNDARY...INCREASING
SLIGHTLY OUT OF THE SOUTH DURING THE DAY TOMORROW.


&&

.JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JMW
LONG TERM...GEOGERIAN
AVIATION...JMW


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