Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 182056 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 356 PM EST Sat Nov 18 2017 .SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday night) Issued at 355 PM EST SAT NOV 18 2017 Gusty southerly flow continues this afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. This cold front is poised to traverse the CWA between 22Z and 3Z, bringing with it a line of showers and thunderstorms. This line is fairly thin over western KY at the moment, though all the latest CAM models continue to be in good agreement that the line with lose strength and spread out as it moves towards eastern Kentucky. A few lingering storms are possible, but should be dissipating. That being said, any storms or heavy showers will have the potential to mix down gusts near 60 mph (severe potential) through the evening. Removed mention of thunder in the grids after 3Z. Otherwise, still expecting gusts between 35 and 50mph through the remainder of the afternoon and into the evening in the prefrontal environment. Once the front passes over, winds will become more westerly and lose magnitude, though will likely remain breezy throughout the remainder of the overnight and during the day Sunday. Westerly flow will also pull in much drier air. Precip is expected to taper off behind the front, especially after 6Z. Some lingering showers and sprinkles could linger in the far east under this flow regime through Sunday morning. The influx of cold air could still cause some snow to mix in with the rain as it tapers off. The only place that this should have any impact will be the highest peaks, generally above 2,500 feet, where a few tenths of an inch of accumulation are expected. Actually lowered snow and QPF amounts from previous forecast since the trend has been to move precip/QPF out of the CWA faster. As we head into the day Sunday, a steep llvl inversion could keep some moisture trapped and lead to continued cloud cover throughout the day. This will interact with the cooler flow into the region, keeping temperatures from reaching 40 degrees in many locations Sunday afternoon. Breezy and cool will be the story for the day. Models show the clouds clearing out into the overnight Sunday night, however based on recent events, wouldn`t be surprised if they stuck around a bit longer. This could tamper with overnight lows. As it is now, if the clouds do clear in the first part of the overnight, as the models predict, temperatures could easily drop off into the mid 20s. Winds will lighten substantially and back to a more SW direction late in the night. This could lead to significant decoupling, with sheltered valleys dropping into the low 20s. Wouldn`t be surprised if this is even lower in some locations, but given the uncertainty about the clouds, did not go to aggressively. Definitely something to keep an eye on in the upcoming forecasts. && .LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday) Issued at 250 PM EST SAT NOV 18 2017 There is good model agreement with the evolution of the overall mean upper air pattern, but there are considerable differences in the details. This is not surprising considering we will be in a fairly progressive pattern through the coming week. The progressive pattern will result in a roller coaster pattern for temperatures from Monday through Saturday. Moisture will remain limited, with the next chance for rain not coming until next Saturday. The week will begin on a cold note, with an upper level trough axis to our east, weak upper ridging over the MS valley, and surface high pressure over the central and southern Appalachians. As the surface high shifts east from Monday into Tuesday and weak upper ridging builds over the area in advance of the next upper trough, we`ll see a quick warm up into Tuesday. That will be short lived as the next trough moves east and drives another cold front across the area Tuesday night. There will be very limited moisture with this front, and no precipitation is expected, but it will bring colder temperatures back to the area for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Another warm up begins late in the week that will last into next weekend. Rain chances will return next Saturday as yet another cold front approaches the area. Looking just beyond the forecast period, indications are for another shot of cold air late next weekend. && .AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon) ISSUED AT 100 PM EST SAT NOV 18 2017 A cold front continues to approach the region, resulting in strong and gusty southerly flow. sustained winds between 10 and 20 knots with gusts between 35 and 50 mph will be possible at all TAF sites this afternoon and evening. Isolated showers are also starting to pop up across eastern Kentucky, but should pose little concern with continued VFR VIS and CIGS. CIGS are expected to continue lowering to MVFR as the cold front nears the region late this afternoon/evening. Along the actual front, more widespread showers (and possibly an isolated thunderstorm) will occur which may lower VIS to MVFR (or possibly lower at times), passing from west to east generally between 21Z and 3Z. However light rain could linger through 6Z. Rain will continue to taper off through the rest of the overnight as winds become more westerly and entrain in drier air. Wind speeds will also quickly decrease behind the frontal passage. Dry but MVFR CIGS are expected to continue into the day Sunday. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... Wind Advisory until 1 AM EST Sunday for KYZ044-050>052-058>060- 068-069-079-080-083-084-104-106-108-111-114. Wind Advisory until 4 AM EST Sunday for KYZ085>088-107-109-110- 112-113-115>120. && $$ SHORT TERM...JMW LONG TERM...SBH AVIATION...JMW is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.