Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 251900 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 300 PM EDT Sat Mar 25 2017 .SHORT TERM...
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(This evening through Sunday night) Issued at 300 PM EDT SAT MAR 25 2017 The short term period looks to be quite active, with very good chances for showers and thunderstorms tonight through tomorrow night. A cold front that will be moving across the central and southern Mississippi valley tonight will be our weather maker. This boundary will interact with the warm and moist air mass that is already in place across the region and will spark showers and scattered thunderstorms as it moves quickly across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. The system should be progressive enough to keep hydro issues at a minimum, although rain could be locally heavy for short periods of time with any thunderstorms or intense showers. The rain should taper off across the area late Sunday night into early Monday morning, but a few showers will likely linger across the area, as another weather system will be following on the heels of the one that moves through the area tonight. A few of the storms on Sunday may contain strong gusty winds and small hail. Temperatures will continue to be well above normal, with lows in the 50s the next two nights and highs around 70 on Sunday. .LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Friday) Issued at 435 AM EDT SAT MAR 25 2017 The first of a string of upper level waves will be placed across the Upper Ohio Valley/Southern Great lakes region in a negatively tilted position. A weak low will be stacked with it and trailing cold front attempting to progress through the area. There will be lingering showers and thunderstorms Sunday night and slowly wane from west to east through Monday. Did keep chance to slight chance POPs going into Monday, as the front may in fact stall out near by. That said, another wave will be on the heels of the previous and will eject east into the TN/OH valleys by Monday night. Another Low will develop and bring the front back across the region leading additional showers and thunderstorms Monday night into Tuesday. This is where is gets convoluted as front may in fact stall again nearby, but the agreement on this becomes less in the deterministic models past this point. Right now given a upper level ridge builds east will cap POPs at slight on Wednesday and mainly confine these to the southern portions of the CWA. Another upper level wave will move out of the Four Corners into the Southern Plains Wednesday and progress east by Thursday. However, the models diverge on how this will evolve and struggle with what looks like some phasing issues. This leads to more uncertainty and would think all the issues leading in will have affects on this part of the forecast period as well. Not to mention the timing and evolution differences seen in the ensemble mean of the GFS versus the operational run. Given this felt like POPs would need to be caped at chance and unsure on where the highest POPs will truly exists. Therefore, will keep close to general trends in the model blend. Despite the active pattern it does look like a extended period of above normal temperatures will remain the story throughout the long term period.
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&& .AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon) ISSUED AT 136 PM EDT SAT MAR 25 2017 VFR conditions are expected to hold until around 9Z at LOZ and SME. Scattered to numerous rain showers, and few thunderstorms, should be moving into the area around LOZ and SME by then. JKL and SYM can expect the showers and storms around 12Z, with SJS not seeing any precipitation in the vicinity until near the end of the TAF period. Any storms or intense showers could bring MVFR, or locally worse, conditions to any given airport. As for the rest of today, southerly winds of around 10 mph could gust to around 20 mph through 22Z. BKN to OVC layers of high level cloud cover will be in place to begin the TAF period, but will gradually be replaced by middle and low level clouds as a weather system approaches from the west this evening and tonight. South to southwest winds will pick up and gust to around 20 kts over much of the area during the day Today. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM...AR LONG TERM...DJ AVIATION...AR

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