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FXUS63 KLMK 181929

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
229 PM EST Sat Nov 18 2017

...Updated Long Term Discussion...

.Short Term...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 208 PM EST Sat Nov 18 2017

...Damaging Winds Possible This Afternoon And Evening...

A strong cold front continues to progress eastward toward southern
Indiana and central Kentucky. A QLCS has developed along the
boundary, draped from central IN back through southern IL and the MO
bootheel. This convection was located in the exit region of a 140 kt
upper jet streak. A 90 kt mid-level speed max was also rounding the
base of a potent shortwave trough. The dynamic nature and very
strong wind fields of this system have been well advertised, and the
narrow convective band may be able to transport gusts of 60-70 mph
to the surface. Outside of thunderstorm activity, widespread wind
gusts of 45-50 mph are likely, with peak gusts up to 55 mph. The
strongest winds are still expected in the 3-8 PM EST time frame,
which is also when the cold front will be crossing the forecast
area. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has now been issued for all of
central KY and southern IN. A Wind Advisory remains in effect for
the whole region through late tonight.

A narrow plume of 250-500 J/kg MLCAPE is forecast just ahead of the
QLCS as it marches east, but this zone should gradually narrow and
decrease into the early evening hours as the line pushes east of I-
65 and approaches I-75. The overall damaging wind risk should be
diminished near and east of the I-75 corridor, but this will
continue to be re-assessed through the event. Still can`t rule out a
brief tornado or two given the magnitude of the low level
shear/helicity, but veered low-level winds should help inhibit

Behind the cold front, we could have some lingering showers late
this evening. But expect winds to remain fairly gusty through 06z
tonight as cold air advection ramps up. There`s quite a large
temperature gradient with this potent system, and 850 mb temps are
forecast to plummet below 0 C tonight. The atmosphere will remain
well mixed, with overnight lows in the low to mid 30s.

Low clouds will tend to linger behind the front overnight. In fact,
areas near and east of I-65 may stay mostly cloudy until Sunday
afternoon. It will be chilly with a northwest breeze, with highs in
the upper 30s to mid 40s. Sunday night will feature mid-level height
rises as surface high pressure builds over the Tennessee Valley.
Lows will drop into the mid 20s in most places by Monday morning.

.Long Term...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 229 PM EST Sat Nov 18 2017

Weather through the upcoming holiday week looks pretty quiet, with a
dry forecast for holiday travel and Thanksgiving Day itself. After
highs in the low 50s on Monday, temps should moderate into the
mid/upper 50s on Tuesday ahead of another wave of low pressure.
Moisture looks really limited however, so a dry cold front will
likely push through Tuesday evening-Tuesday night. This front will
bring another shot of cold air, with highs in the low 40s for
Wednesday. Thanksgiving Day looks to start out cold, with morning
lows in the 20s. Highs in the mid 40s look reasonable for now. The
forecast continues to look dry for Black Friday shoppers as well,
with overnight lows a bit below freezing. Highs should warm to
around 50.


.Aviation...(18Z TAF Issuance)
Issued at 1226 PM EST Sat Nov 18 2017

Difficult aviation conditions are expected this afternoon and early
this evening as combination of gusty winds and a line of fast moving
storms moves through the terminals.

Strong cold front will push in from the west this afternoon.  Ahead
of the surface front, scattered showers with MVFR ceilings are
expected a the terminals.  Southwest winds of 17-22kts and gusts up
to 35-40kts can be expected.

The forecasts have been updated to slightly slow the frontal timing
based on current observations.  The front looks to pass through KHNB
in the 18/20-21Z time frame.  It should pass through KSDF and KBWG
18/21-23Z time frame, and the pass through KLEX in the 18/23-19/00Z
time frame.  We expect some tempo drops to IFR within showers/storms
that accompany the front through the terminal.

Short term, high resolution guidance shows and sharp
isallobaric response in the post frontal airmass.  So gusts of 40-
43kts could occur at the terminals right after winds shift to the
WNW/NW.  Gradient looks to be tight for a few hours before
diminishing after 19/03Z.


IN...Wind Advisory until 1 AM EST /midnight CST/ Sunday for

KY...Wind Advisory until 1 AM EST /midnight CST/ Sunday for



Short Term...EBW
Long Term...EBW
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