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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
356 PM EST TUE NOV 25 2014

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 325 PM EST TUE NOV 25 2014

...ACCUMULATING SNOW EXPECTED OVER FAR EASTERN KENTUCKY TONIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY MORNING...

19Z SFC ANALYSIS SHOWS HIGH PRESSURE STILL INFLUENCING THE WEATHER OF
EASTERN KENTUCKY. THIS HAS PROVIDED PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND GENERALLY
SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 5 TO 10 KTS WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 15 KTS. THESE
CONDITIONS...ALONG WITH GOOD DRYING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON HAS SENT
TEMPERATURES WELL UP INTO THE 50S FOR MOST OF THE AREA...THOUGH
LOCATIONS NORTHWEST OF INTERSTATE 64 ARE LAGGING IN THE UPPER 40S. OF
NOTE ON THE SFC CHART IS AN AREA OF DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE CROSSING
NORTHERN FLORIDA ON ITS WAY TO THE SOUTHEAST U.S. SEABOARD.

THE MODELS ARE IN PRETTY GOOD AGREEMENT ALOFT THROUGH THE FIRST PART
OF THE SHORT TERM FORECAST. THEY ALL TAKE A STRONG SHORTWAVE
CURRENTLY BOTTOMING OUT OVER THE CENTRAL GULF COAST NORTHEAST INTO
THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION...A
COMPACT WAVE WILL BE DROPPING SOUTHEAST FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS INTO
THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND EVENTUALLY THROUGH THE TENNESSEE
VALLEY LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE MODELS ARE CLOSE ON THE TIMING OF
THIS BUT THE CORE OF THE ENERGY IS FURTHER SOUTH IN THE NAM...
ECMWF...AND GEM WHEN COMPARED TO THE GFS. WILL FAVOR THIS MORE
SOUTHERN TRACK AS SEEN IN THE CONSENSUS. IN GENERAL HAVE LEANED MOST
CLOSELY TO THE HIGHER RESOLUTION MODELS OF THE NAM12 AND HRRR...
THOUGH THE HRRR PCPN FIELDS SEEM TOO FAR SOUTHEAST AND SLOW LATER
TONIGHT.

SENSIBLE WEATHER WILL FEATURE A QUICK INCREASE IN CLOUD COVER FROM
THE SOUTHEAST AS THE COASTAL LOW STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE LATER THIS
EVENING. LOWER CLOUDS AND PCPN WILL START TO SPILL OVER THE SPINE OF
THE APPALACHIANS AND MOVE INTO OUR FAR EASTERN COUNTIES AROUND
MIDNIGHT. EXPECT TEMPERATURES TO WET BULB DOWN WHEN THE PCPN MOVES IN
AND TRANSITION THE RAIN TO SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS FIRST BUT
EVENTUALLY DOWN IN THE VALLEYS...AS WELL. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL
IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN ALONG THE VIRGINIA BORDER WHERE AS MUCH AS A
QUARTER TO A THIRD OF AN INCH OF LIQUID WILL LIKELY OCCUR. THIS WILL
PROBABLY AMOUNT TO BETWEEN TWO AND THREE INCHES OF WET SNOW IN THE
HIGHER TERRAIN...ABOVE 2000 FEET AND AROUND AN INCH OR LESS
ELSEWHERE. HIGHER RIDGES BELOW 2000 FEET CAN EXPECT TO PICK UP
BETWEEN ONE AND TWO INCHES BY MIDDAY WEDNESDAY. HAVE SET UP THIS AREA
WITH A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM MIDNIGHT THROUGH NOON WEDNESDAY
FOR THIS PASSING EVENT. WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS
IN THE COUNTIES IMMEDIATELY WEST OF THE ADVISORY WILL ALSO ISSUE AN
SPS ADDRESSING THIS MARGINAL CONCERN. OTHERWISE...THE COASTAL PULLS
OUT LATER WEDNESDAY WITH A BRIEF VISIT BY HIGH PRESSURE FOR EAST
KENTUCKY IN ITS WAKE. HOWEVER...THE NEXT DEVELOPING LOW WORKS IN FROM
THE NORTHWEST LATER THAT NIGHT CARVING ITS WAY THROUGH OUR SOUTHERN
COUNTIES INTO DAWN THURSDAY. THIS TOO WILL BRING SOME RAIN OR SNOW
TO PARTS OF THE AREA WITH SOME SLUSHY LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS
POSSIBLE MAINLY ON RIDGES AND GRASSY/ELEVATED SURFACES.

AGAIN USED THE BCCONSSHORT AS A STARTING POINT FOR T/TD/WINDS THROUGH
THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND THE SUPERBLEND THEREAFTER. DID MAKE SOME
MORE SIGNIFICANT TERRAIN BASED ADJUSTMENTS TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY IN
THE EXPECTED SNOW AREAS OF THE FAR EAST. AS FOR POPS...ENDED UP
CLOSE TO A BLEND OF THE MAV AND MET NUMBERS THROUGH THE PERIOD.

.LONG TERM...(THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 354 PM EST TUE NOV 25 2014

SHORTWAVE ENERGY ROUNDING THE BASE OF THE TROUGH AND ASSOCIATED LOW
PRESSURE WILL BE MOVING EAST OF THE REGION WITH BEST POP CHANCES
ACROSS THE SE PORTIONS OF THE CWA. THIS WILL GENERALLY BE LIGHT
RAIN/SNOW SHOWERS AND DO NOT EXPECT MUCH QPF THROUGH THE DAY THURSDAY
AT THIS POINT. THIS SYSTEM SLIDES EAST ALLOWING FOR NW/W FLOW TO
SETUP ACROSS THE REGION AND THEREFORE HELD SLIGHT CHANCE IN FAR SE
INTO THE AFTERNOON.

SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL SLOWLY SLIDE EAST THROUGH THE NIGHT
THURSDAY AND GENERALLY CRESTING ACROSS THE REGION EARLY FRIDAY. THIS
HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS EAST BRINGING RETURN SOUTHERLY FLOW TO EASTERN
KY WITH TEMPERATURES RISING INTO THE LOWER 50S SATURDAY. SATURDAY
AFTERNOON WE DO PRESENT SOME SLIGHT CHANCE SHOWERS ESPECIALLY ACROSS
THE FAR NORTH AS FRONTAL BOUNDARY GENERALLY STALLS ACROSS THE NORTH.
THIS QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT WILL KEEP THE WEATHER UNSETTLED THROUGH
THE PERIOD. THE QUESTION REALLY BECOMES HOW QUICKLY DOES THIS
BOUNDARY MOVE SOUTH...THAT SAID THE 12Z ECMWF IS MORE PROGRESSIVE
MOVING THIS FRONT SOUTH THAN THE 12Z GFS. RIGHT NOW WITH MODEL
DISCREPANCIES WILL KEEP BLEND POPS FOR THE MOST PART BUT WOULD THINK
THESE POPS WILL CONTINUE TO TREND UP ONCE MODELS COME INTO BETTER
ALIGNMENT. SATURDAY HIGHS ARE EXPECTED TO WARM INTO THE LOW TO MID
50S WITH TEMPERATURES MODIFYING INTO THE UPPER 50S TO LOWER 60S
THROUGH THE PERIOD.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 100 PM EST TUE NOV 25 2014

VFR CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING AS HIGH PRESSURE
HOLD ON OVER THE AREA. A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL SPREAD
MOISTURE AND LOWERING CLOUDS BACK INTO EASTERN KENTUCKY LATE
TONIGHT...WITH CIGS FALLING INTO THE MVFR RANGE IN THE EAST BY 08Z.
AS OF RIGHT NOW...LOOKS LIKE WE SHOULD SEE A GRADIENT IN THE LOWER
CIGS WITH THE LOWEST (IFR/MVFR) IN THE EAST...TRAILING BACK TO VFR IN
THE WEST...THROUGH MID MORNING WEDNESDAY. WE WILL ALSO SEE
PRECIPITATION SPREAD INTO THE AREA...MAINLY ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
KENTUCKY...AS A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW...LIKELY BECOMING ALL IN THE
PRE-DAWN HOURS. THIS SNOW WILL RESTRICT VISIBILITIES LATER TONIGHT
AS WELL...MAINLY AT KJKL AND KSJS.


&&

.JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON EST
WEDNESDAY FOR KYZ087-088-110-113-115-117>120.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...GREIF
LONG TERM...DJ
AVIATION...GREIF






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