Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Jackson, KY

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FXUS63 KJKL 171905

National Weather Service Jackson KY
305 PM EDT Tue Oct 17 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday night)
Issued at 305 PM EDT TUE OCT 17 2017

The afternoon surface analysis shows a fairly broad area of high
pressure extending from the Mid-Atlantic to northeast Arkansas.
The highest surface pressure seems to point to West VA being
closest to the center of this high. The latest GOES-16 Sat data
shows a few high clouds now moving into western Kentucky in
advance of a weak upper level trough. These clouds will advance
eastward tonight and this could play a tricky role on fog and
frost overnight. Overall keep the coldest temperatures in the far
eastern deeper valley locations where you are getting better
mixing of drier air than yesterday. Given the potential for fog
and at least patchy frost will lean toward a SPS for now, as
factors mentioned before lead to some potential complications in
formation of weather elements. The frost and fog will generally
dissipate between 13 the 14Z Wednesday morning and we will be left
with mostly sunny skies. There could be a few afternoon high
clouds as the upper level wave axis moves slowly eastward across
the Ohio Valley. The area of surface high pressure will however
remain near by and lead to clear and calm conditions again
Wednesday night. That said, the temperatures will remain coolest
in the far eastern valleys based on the surface high location and
slight height rises in the Lake Cumberland region. Given the
temperatures are not as low will keep the patchy valley fog
mention only.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday)
Issued at 305 PM EDT TUE OCT 17 2017

Dry and pleasant weather is in store for the majority of the
extended period, as a strong ridge of high pressure is forecast to
remain in place across the region. Daytime highs are expected to be
above normal during the period, with daily max values in the 70s
expected across the area. Nightly lows should also be above normal,
with nightly minimums ranging from the mid to upper 40s Thursday
night and Friday night and the upper 40s to mid 50s Saturday night
and Sunday night. A pattern change is in store to close out the
weekend, and based on the latest model data, it appears that next
batch of rain will arrive in the area Sunday night, as a large
trough of low pressure, and its attendant surface cold front, makes
it way across the central and eastern CONUS. The highest probability
for rain will likely be from around dawn on Monday through Monday
night, as the cold front moves slowly across the region. Light to at
times moderate rain showers will affect eastern Kentucky during the
passage of the front. Another shot of colder air is expected to
filter into the area once the front passes by to begin the upcoming
work week.


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

An area of high pressure remains in control of the weather through
the TAF period. Given this we will be mostly VFR conditions
through the TAF period. The exception will be the river valleys
and possibly some fog advecting into SME overnight and toward dawn
Wednesday. This fog will dissipate between 13 and 14Z Wednesday
morning. The winds through the TAF period will remain light.




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