Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 232342 AAA AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED National Weather Service Jackson KY 742 PM EDT Thu Mar 23 2017 .UPDATE... Issued at 655 PM EDT THU MAR 23 2017 Mainly freshened up the hourly temperatures, dew points, and sky cover through early this evening. So far, valley locations are staying mixed, with forecast values running cooler than observed. This should change in the next hour, as drier air in place and light southerly winds will allow for a typical steep valley drop off through 10 pm. Light returns on radar are becoming more sparse with time, and sky cover has thinned somewhat while gradually shifting east. Have allowed for a slower progression of thicker clouds to the east, given these trends. Forecast lows in the mid 30s for the cooler sites look reasonable thus far, and will wait until the drop off commences before making any adjustments, if needed. Updates have been sent. && .SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday night) Issued at 317 PM EDT THU MAR 23 2017 The surface high continues to shift off shore of the mid Atlantic states with southerly return flow kicking into gear across Kentucky. A mid level warm front is working eastward across central Kentucky. A band of precipitation associated with this front had been working east as well. However, strong low level dry air remains in place across central and eastern Kentucky as south to southeast flow has kept the dry air in place today. This will continue to erode the precipitation as it moves eastward this evening. Hi-res models continue to support this eroding band of rain scenario. A few sprinkles could be seen in Wayne county, but not likely to see much elsewhere. We will see a gradual increase in cloud cover this evening and overnight as the mid level clouds associated with the front push east. Regardless of the cloud cover, should still see a modest ridge/valley split tonight given the dry air over the area. This will allow lows in the eastern valleys to dip into the mid to upper 30s. Ridges and locations farther west will stay in the 40s tonight. With the 30s in the east, some frost will be possible. By tomorrow, warm front will be off to the north with southerly winds continuing to pump in mild air. This will send highs to around 70 by the afternoon. Cloud cover is still a bit in question as we will be solidly in the warm sector behind the warm front, so we may see a bit more sunshine in the blended model solution would otherwise indicate. Will still see a bit of a ridge/valley split Friday night, but may be more in the extreme valleys as the gradient will continue to increase. Overall, it should be a milder night with lows in the 40s (extreme valleys) and 50s. .LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday) Issued at 335 PM EDT THU MAR 23 2017 The extended forecast period begins on Saturday with a active pattern in place as a vigorous upper level closed low tracks under ridging positioned over the upper Great Lakes across the mid MS River Valley and into KY. Retreating ridging over the southeast CONUS will hold off approach of measurable precip until late Saturday and possibly into Saturday night. Marginal instability in place for the approach of the surface cold front will leave a thunder chance on Saturday evening and through the day on Sunday. Models though have been trending towards a bigger surge of southerly moisture with some areas more likely to get up to 0.75 inch. Once again, stout ridging just off the Atlantic coast will impede the exit of this first system as it hangs up a bit keeping precip over eastern Kentucky through Sunday night. By Monday, the active pattern continues as right on the heels of the previous system another wave develops over the central Plains and intensifies over the mid MS River Valley before shifting northeast into the TN and OH Valleys. Moisture in place across the area and a bit better instability in place for Monday evening will mean for a better chance of thunder. As this system hangs up as well, the boundary will slowly push through eastern Kentucky with some forcing lingering into Tuesday afternoon and therefore another chance of thunder with continued moisture in place and above normal temps. By the middle of next week, a brief bout of high pressure shifts back over the region with a break in the precip before the next system will impact the area expected on Thursday. Overall, a more Spring-like extended expected with some wet weather in the forecast as well. && .AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Friday evening) ISSUED AT 742 PM EDT THU MAR 23 2017 VFR conditions will remain in place through the period, as an upper level ridge moves across the area. There will be an increase in cloud cover; however, most of these will remain above 8k feet agl. A strengthening low level jet across the Ohio Valley tonight, will bring some wind shear to the region between 06 and 14z. Once the inversion mixes out, south southwest winds of around 10 kts will engage during the day. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ UPDATE...GEOGERIAN SHORT TERM...KAS LONG TERM...SHALLENBERGER AVIATION...GEOGERIAN is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.