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FXUS63 KJKL 222100

National Weather Service Jackson KY
400 PM EST Wed Feb 22 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday night)
Issued at 400 PM EST WED FEB 22 2017

20z sfc analysis shows East Kentucky between a broad area of low
pressure to the northwest and another dropping into the northeast
Gulf of Mexico. The showers associated with this southern low have
just about dried up over the area with only some lingering
sprinkles around along with patches of lower clouds. These clouds
are trying to break up over Central Kentucky and in the I-75
corridor. Temperatures are responding to the returning peeks of
sunshine in the west with low and mid 60s noted while to the east
under the thicker clouds readings are in the mid to upper 50s.
Dewpoints, meanwhile, are in the low to mid 50s across the area.
Winds are generally from the south to southeast at 5 to 10 mph.

The models are in good agreement aloft through the short term
portion of the forecast. They all depict the southern low deeply
diving west to east through southern Florida while southwest flow
will commence over Kentucky for tonight into Thursday. A
strengthening band of energy will pass through the Ohio Valley
Thursday afternoon as the southwest flow builds in the face of a
large trough moving through the northern Rockies and into the High
Plains Thursday night. The GFS is a bit faster and further east
than the ECMWF with this feature. All in all, though, a general
model blend looks reasonable through the short term given the
broad model agreement and limited differences seen for eastern

Sensible weather will feature a few lingering showers in the far
east early this evening before we start to dry out overnight. Have
carried a chance of sprinkles an hour or so beyond the measurable
PoP before all pcpn comes to an end from northwest to southeast
this evening. Do expect the breaks in the clouds to fill back in
later tonight which should hamper radiational cooling and fog
formation. Have limited the latter to the valleys with a minima
of terrain based differences in temperatures overnight. For
Thursday, rather cloudy conditions will continue with moisture
left behind and the development of a warm front from a deep low
approaching from the west. Ahead of this low, sprinkles will be
possible and even a shower or thunderstorm as eastern Kentucky
will reside in the warm sector of the larger system. For Thursday
night the warm front will lift well north of the area with WAA
through the night setting up a good ridge to valley difference in
temperatures with very warm readings expected on the hilltops.
Will also allow for some patchy valley fog late at night in the

Again started with the CONSShort and ShortBlend for the short
term grids. Did not make too many adjustments of note to
temperatures tonight owing to the moist environment but did open
up a distinct ridge to valley terrain differences in temperatures
Thursday night as WAA really kicks in ahead of the next cold
front. As for PoPs, did adjust them closer to the previous
forecast for Thursday afternoon which also matched up better with
the latest NAM12 - maintaining the slight chance values for this
time frame.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 240 PM EST WED FEB 22 2017

The long term portion of the forecast will be active, with several
systems affecting the area. Record warm temperatures will be on tap
to end the week, with a cool down in store for the weekend.
Temperatures will quickly warm again as we move into next week.

The first system to affect the area is a dynamic upper low and
associated surface low that will move out of the plains Friday and
into the Great Lakes region Friday night. The Day 3 Outlook from the
Storm Prediction Center indicates a marginal risk for severe storms
with this system with the slight and enhanced areas to our west and
northwest. Strong southwest flow ahead of the low will help to
shatter record highs at Jackson and London on Friday. Currently we
are forecasting 77 at Jackson on Friday and 76 at London. The record
highs for Friday, February 24 are 71 at Jackson and 70 at London.

Model soundings indicate the atmosphere will be capped for much of
the day Friday, and it appears there will be little or no shower
development in eastern KY on Friday. The most likely scenario for
Friday is for thunderstorm development to occur in the late
afternoon or early evening in Indiana ahead of an advancing cold
front with the storms evolving into a line and developing southwest.
There is good model agreement that the line will not move into
eastern KY until late Friday night. The best dynamics and
instability will exist to our west Friday evening and it is likely
the storms will be on a decreasing trend as they move across our
area Friday night. However, this will need to be monitored over the
next couple of days.

The cold front which will be focusing the thunderstorms is forecast
to pass to the east of KY by daybreak Saturday, and cooler air will
spread into the area for the remainder of the weekend. Temperatures
will still be above normal to begin Saturday but then near normal
temperatures should prevail for Saturday night into Sunday night.

The next system will approach the area from the plains Sunday night,
bringing more rain to start the week. However, there is considerable
model disagreement with the evolution and track of this system. The
GFS is further north and quicker to exit the system to our east,
with dry weather returning Tuesday, before the next system moves in
on Wednesday. The ECMWF is slower and further south with the early
week system, with rain chances lingering through Tuesday. The
blended approach used here favors keeping rain chances in the
forecast for Sunday night into Wednesday. In either case if
precipitation moves into the area quick enough Sunday night, there
is a remote possibility a few snow flakes could mix with the rain
late Sunday night before quickly transitioning to all rain early
Monday morning.


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

Ceilings are mainly VFR out there, though a few MVFR and IFR
pockets remain as the showers exit. Will hold on to these for
another hour or two where they are affecting the TAF sites,
otherwise a low to mid level VFR cig will continue to the be the
rule through the forecast period. Any fog will be limited to the
deeper valleys and likely not affect any of the TAF sites. Winds
will be light and variable through the period, as well.




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