Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 170859 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 359 AM EST Wed Jan 17 2018 .SHORT TERM...(Today through Thursday) Issued at 358 AM EST WED JAN 17 2018 Early this morning a trough extended from Eastern Canada south into the Eastern Conus. A ridge extended from the southern Rockies to the Great Plains while a trough was slowly approaching the west coast of the Conus. The axis of the 500 mb trough axis is approaching the area with a shortwave trough working into the TN Valley. Regional radar and surface observations generally indicate flurries or light snow showers falling in locations with low clouds persisting. The trough axis will approach the region today with an upper low closing off at 500 mb over the Appalachians and departing to the east this evening and tonight. the coldest air at 850 mb moving across the area this morning. The combination of these will lead to rather steep lapse rates especially with some solar insolation today and should keep stratocu or cu rather persistent. Model forecast soundings indicate the most saturation in the low levels through early afternoon and isolated snow showers and flurries should persist. These clouds will reside in the dendritic growth zone for a continuation of fluffy flurries or light snow showers that could measure a dusting to a third of an inch in most locations with the highest terrain above 2500 feet possibly picking up as much as an inch today. Snow cover and the cold 850 mb temperatures should keep temperatures on the lower end of guidance and undercut Superblend Max T by a couple of degrees today. Behind the departing 500 mb trough/closed low heights will rise tonight into Thursday morning while high pressure over the MS Valley builds into the area. Overall a decrease in stratocu is expected this evening and tonight and with slackening winds and snow pack on the ground of the fluffy variety lows below blended guidance appear likely tonight for valley locations. Opted to go closer to if not below Coop MOS guidance numbers for tonight. High pressure will remain in place on Thursday with the airmass moderating at 850 mb temperatures. Most locations outside of the high terrain should moderate to above freezing. .LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Tuesday) Issued at 304 AM EST WED JAN 17 2018 The extended will start off cold, as the last dregs of arctic air remain in place across the area. Friday morning low temperatures will likely range from the mid teens to the lower 20s across the area. Saturdays lows will still be cold, with min readings in the upper 20s expected, but should feel much warmer than the single digits and teens we`ve been experiencing lately. However, as winds swing around to southwest on Friday, warmer air will finally begin filter into the area. These winds, combined with mostly clear skies, should allow the mercury to climb into the low to mid 40s across the entire by Friday afternoon. This warming trend is expected to continue through out the upcoming weekend, as a ridge of high pressure builds across the entire southeastern CONUS. The southerly flow and continued clear conditions should allow temperatures to warm into the upper 40s and lower 50s by Saturday afternoon, and into the mid to upper 50s on Sunday. The warm weather will be the primary feature of note in the extended. After dry weather on Friday, precipitation will finally begin moving back into the area early Saturday evening, as an area of low pressure approaches from the west. This system will initially have a difficult time moving very far east however, as the strong ridge that will already be in place will be slow to erode. By Sunday morning we should see isolated to scattered rain showers affecting portions of the forecast area generally north of the Mountain Parkway through Sunday afternoon. After this initial round of rain exits the area Sunday evening, a second round of more widespread rain is expected to move across the area from late Sunday night through Monday evening. This precipitation will be in response to the passage of a passage of a weak cold front. The rain should be exiting the area by late Monday night. Temperatures to begin the new work week should remain quite mild, with highs topping out in the lower 50s on Monday, and the upper 40s to lower 50s on Tuesday. Nightly lows should be mainly in the 30s from Saturday night onward. The exception looks to be Sunday night, when the mercury may only bottom out in the lower 40s across the area. Lower 30s can be expected for Monday and Tuesday night respectively. && .AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night) ISSUED AT 135 AM EST WED JAN 17 2018 A narrow band of clearing is moving southeast across the area with more low clouds upstream of the area in the MVFR range in general. At this time, MVFR is reported across the north and south with a few of the TAF sites in the clear slot for up to 2 or 3 more hours. However, low clouds and MVFR should return with some light snow showers and flurries. These areas of MVFR should persist through the 15Z to 21Z period before drier air moves in and lapse rates become not as steep. Winds will remain 10kt or less out of the west and northwest through the period. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM...JP LONG TERM...AR AVIATION...JP is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.