Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
FXUS63 KLMK 011126
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
626 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
...Updated Aviation Discussion...
Issued at 620 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
Two squall lines will push rapidly through the area this morning,
and have prompted Tornado Watch 53 through 16Z. NE-SW oriented
squall line dropping in from Indiana is showing quite a few
rotational couplets in addition to SVR wind gusts, so that will be a
dual threat across southern Indiana and north-central Kentucky. The
north-south oriented section of the line is just this side of the
Mississippi and will move very quickly eastward across Kentucky.
This line likely packs the more widespread damaging wind threat.
Leading-line convection could actually push well into eastern
Kentucky by 15-16Z.
.Short Term...(This afternoon through Thursday evening)
Issued at 309 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
...SEVERE WEATHER THREAT WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS AFTERNOON...
Nocturnal severe weather continues across parts of central Kentucky,
with the Tornado Watch now expanded into the Bluegrass region.
Expect these clusters of storms to push through and exit close to
the scheduled 10Z watch expiration, with all modes of severe weather
still on the table.
Squall line associated with the actual cold front extends from near
Fort Wayne to Terre Haute to St Louis, and will continue to push
south and east through the morning. Southern Indiana will be back
under the gun shortly before daybreak, with the line pushing into
Kentucky by mid-morning. Main threat will be damaging winds, but
there have been plenty of marginal hail reports upstream and we
can`t rule out a brief meso-vortex tornado along the line.
Will clear from NW to SE during the first half of the afternoon,
after which temperatures will drop rapidly through through the 50s
by evening with gusty west winds peaking around 30-35 mph. Gusts to
40 mph aren`t out of the question, but will handle the question of
any advisories once we get through most of the SVR threat. Dry high
pressure will settle over the Southern Plains tonight and Thursday,
with tranquil weather and seasonal temps across the Ohio Valley.
.Long Term...(After midnight Thursday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 305 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
Expect a cool end to the work week as a Clipper scoots past to our
north Thu night/Fri morning. Will carry slight chance POPS generally
north of I-64, and it`ll be cold enough to mix in a few snowflakes,
but precip too light and surface temps too warm for any significant
impacts. Temps will run solidly below normal on Friday, and Sat
morning will be the coldest as a 1036mb high settles over Kentucky.
Warming trend begins during the day on Sat as upper ridging builds
from the SW, resulting in a mild and dry weekend. Next storm system
approaches early next week, with SW flow deepening on Monday and
POPs ramping up. For now will limit the high POPs to Mon night where
model agreement is best, but if the GFS wins out that could be
extended or even delayed into Tue. Confidence is high that temps
will be unseasonably warm early next week.
.Aviation...(12Z TAF Issuance)
Issued at 615 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
Fast moving squall line will push through the terminals by mid/late
morning. Tried to time out the best hour or two for wind gusts up to
35-40 kt, which may even be conservative for BWG where the squall
line will be oriented more north-south.
Once the storms push through, expect very gusty west winds through
the afternoon. This wind direction is problematic because it is
perpendicular to the long runways at SDF, and also the main runway
at LEX. At the very least could be some bumpy approaches, and/or SDF
switching to the crossing runway.
Winds subside and skies clear this evening as high pressure settles
into the Southern Plains.
IN...Flash Flood Watch until 1 PM EST /noon CST/ this afternoon for
KY...Flash Flood Watch until 1 PM EST /noon CST/ this afternoon for