Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
FXUS63 KLMK 072350
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
650 PM EST Wed Dec 7 2016
.Short Term (Now through Thursday Night)...
Issued at 200 PM EST Wed Dec 7 2016
...Strong Cold Front to Bring Sharply Colder Air Tonight...
High pressure building into the region today will get reinforced as
a broad upper trough axis swings through tonight and Thursday. Winds
will pick up from the northwest, ushering in much colder air.
Temperatures Thursday will not warm too much, with highs in the 30s
for most, if not, all locations. Those winds should stay up during
the night as well, keeping a more uniform low temperature field.
Lows Thursday night will be around 20, with wind chills in single
digits in some spots.
Tonight, some mid level moisture will move into the region, in the 7-
10 kft range. Forecast soundings still show a dry layer under this
that should force any ice crystals/supercooled liquid to dissipate.
Cannot rule out a few patches of flurries/sprinkles surviving, but
they will come through well before daybreak and shouldn`t cause
anything more than a trace. Of note, did a quick check to see when
the average first date for measurable snow (>=0.1") is at Louisville,
and that date is today. The date is a little earlier for Lexington,
One more thing, we had flurries in our northeast for late Thursday
night. Plume of moisture looks to be a little farther north, so
backed those flurry grids farther north as well, effectively keeping
them into IND/ILN`s areas, if at all.
.Long Term (Friday through Wednesday)...
Issued at 310 PM EST Thu Dec 7 2016
...Cold airmass, even some true Arctic Air dominates the medium
and long term periods...
Well....High confidence forecast in terms of temperature and overall
pattern with low meridional upper flow. This pattern regime will
garner plenty of cold advection keeping mercury readings 10-18
degrees below normal for highs and 5 degrees below normal for lows.
Periods of cloud cover will keep temps from dropping dramatically
for low temperatures.
Latest models keep the weak vort max primary energy to the N of CWA
so cut back the flurries early Fri morning to the just along the far
NE CWA. Soundings show a decreased llvl moisture plume and not
reaching -10C so not as much ice nuclei.
Depending on the amount of high clouds Fri night, which may inhibit
strong radiational cooling, temperatures will likely fall hard
Saturday - Monday...
Very cold once again Friday night with Sat sunrise temps in the
upper teens with 1035 mb high over Red River Gorge. Some of the
eastern favorable cold drainage spots across the Bluegrass could be
13-16 degrees. BURR.
The next weather system will move into the area late Sat night into
Sun and continue through Monday morning. The Canadian is gelid and
cold...the ECM is much warmer and the GFS is a healthy compromise
especially the GFS ensemble. Will keep very light snow overnight
transitioning to a RASN and and cold rain down south and light snow
across S IN through mid morning before transitioning back to a cold
rain everywhere Sun aftn. Temps will be 28-31 at daybreak but sfc
sly waa will climb temps into the 38-43 range.
Sunday morning will be gloomy and cold but think travel problems
will be minimal, with temps climbing all morning. The models are
lingering the moisture Sunday night and Monday and the Canadian and
ECM have a second wave, so that could cause some minor travel issues
with cold air coming back in on wet roadways. Stay tuned.
Next system coming out of the Bitterroots and Tetons Ranges will be
more moisture starved and could bring a light RASN mix with another
resurgence of cold air. This air looks much colder, very arctic in
.Aviation...(00Z TAF Issuance)
Issued at 640 PM EST Wed Dec 7 2016
VFR conditions are expected through the valid TAF period, with winds
generally out of the NW. Mid-level deck is well established and will
remain in place through the night as an impulse aloft over Missouri
continues to shear out. Can`t rule out a flurry or two overnight,
but it`s a very low-probability, and equally low-impact scenario.
Skies will clear late Thu morning, but the gradient will tighten as
strong high pressure builds down the Plains. WNW winds will pick up
to a solid 10 kt, with gusts hitting 16-18 kt fairly regularly
through the afternoon.
A weak ripple in the NW flow aloft will pass to our north and east
Thu night. No precip concerns but some hints at a stratus deck
pinwheeling out of the Great Lakes by late evening. Will introduce a
scattered deck at SDF as a heads-up to the possibility of a ceiling,
which will at least be VFR if only just barely.