Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 242357 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 657 PM EST Tue Jan 24 2017 .UPDATE... Issued at 657 PM EST TUE JAN 24 2017 Skies are clearing much slower with the push of clearing slowing down as it works into eastern Kentucky. NAM bufkit soundings seem to have a good handle on the clearing and at this point looks like we should clear from south/southwest to north/northeast, especially as the low level jet ramps up late tonight. With the slower clearing, have backed off the fog a bit in the valleys. We also have drier air working in across the area which will limit overall fog potential. Best chances for fog will be in the eastern sheltered valleys late tonight after they manage to clear. However, they may not clear out until after 3 or 4 am, so any fog development will be largely delayed and thus, kept it more patchy. With the clouds, expect temperatures to hold steady until we can clear off. && .SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday night) Issued at 352 PM EST TUE JAN 24 2017 Current conditions across the area feature clearing beginning to make its way into central Kentucky and eventually into the Bluegrass regions. This as the last of the drizzle and light showers exits eastern Kentucky. Will expect to see this activity leave the area by 00z tonight. With much cooler air already keeping temps down this afternoon into the lower 40s, a bit of clearing tonight may allow temps, especially valley temps to fall into the lower 30s. With this clearing and subsidence moving in, the development of fog and some of it dense is likely. Will mention this in the HWO. By tomorrow, southerly flow will be on the increase ahead of the next system moving in. Models have trended upward on the amount of moisture available as the parent low track is now a bit further south. So will bring likely pops into the area by tomorrow afternoon with temperatures rising to near 60 in some locations. With this, a tight gradient in place in this pattern with southwest winds on the increase, will expect winds to be a factor with gusts reaching 25 knots in some places tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. The higher elevations will likely see higher wind gusts. Colder air will advect into the region in earnest Wednesday night with lows dropping to near 30. .LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday) Issued at 352 PM EST TUE JAN 24 2017 Most of the period will be dominated by cold weather with a west to northwest cyclonic low level flow under a longwave eastern CONUS trough. There will be multiple waves moving through the flow aloft. The forecast timing and track of these waves is still likely to need adjustment, but models are showing a general trend for a few waves that are more prominent. The first of these waves waves is late Thursday into Thursday night, the second is late Friday into Friday night, and last one is centered on Sunday. Each of these periods carries an uptick in snow showers in the forecast, the most significant of which is on Sunday. After the last upper level wave passes, the flow aloft flattens for a brief time Monday night, before the next system heads east across the upper Great Lakes on Tuesday. Surface ridging moves to our east at this time, and warm air advection finally returns for a brief time ahead of a cold front (trailing from the Great Lakes system) approaching from the northwest. This allows an opportunity for some sun and at least a brief warm-up on Tuesday. && .AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Wednesday evening) ISSUED AT 657 PM EST TUE JAN 24 2017 MVFR cigs will slowly erode from south/southwest to north/northeast through 08z tonight. This will provide a narrow window of VFR conditions across the area late tonight into the early morning hours of Wednesday. However, low level moisture will return quickly with the help of a strengthening low level jet Wednesday morning with MVFR cigs redeveloping by midday. These clouds will linger through the remainder of the period with some light rain breaking out Wednesday evening. Gusty southwest winds will develop Wednesday afternoon with wind gusts up to 20 or 25 knots. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ UPDATE...KAS SHORT TERM...SHALLENBERGER LONG TERM...HAL AVIATION...KAS is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.