Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS64 KMRX 211923 AFDMRX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Morristown TN 323 PM EDT Fri Apr 21 2017 .SHORT TERM /Tonight and Saturday/...
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Scattered strong to marginally severe thunderstorms will be possible across the region this afternoon and into the evening, before weakening with the setting sunset and generally dissipating by the late evening and midnight hours. An active pattern is expected to continue overnight and into the day on Saturday as a cold front will march from western Tennessee into Middle Tennessee throughout the day -- and into portions of east Tennessee by the late afternoon and evening hours. Ahead of this front, a few areas of light showers will be possible along the weak, remnant boundary from today. However, by midday and into the early afternoon, the atmosphere will continue to destabilize, with MLCAPE values approaching 1000-1500 J/kg by the afternoon, especially south of I-40. This, combined with some increased shear profiles will yield a threat for organized, severe thunderstorms. Damaging winds, marginally severe hail, and locally heavy rainfall and possible flooding is possible with this activity. However, the main window for severe weather may be after 00z when the front pushes into the region. .LONG TERM /Saturday Night through Friday/... The Southern Appalachian Region will remain in an active weather pattern Saturday night and Sunday as a frontal boundary that has been over the area slowly exits the region. Model consistency has been quiet poor with the evolution of this system but current trend is for the main band of convection to move through Saturday night into early Sunday. With deep moisture in place...flooding is expected to the main threat. A few showers may linger into Monday across far northern and eastern locations as the system pulls away from the area. High pressure builds in late Monday into Tuesday for a return to dry and warm conditions for mid week. Model consistency becomes poor and confidence is low by the end of the extended but the trend is for the next system to move in around Thursday/Friday time frame.
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&& .PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
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Chattanooga Airport, TN 62 81 59 67 / 50 40 80 60 Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport, TN 61 77 56 65 / 70 60 80 70 Oak Ridge, TN 61 76 55 63 / 70 70 80 70 Tri Cities Airport, TN 57 73 53 63 / 80 70 80 80
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&& .MRX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NC...None. TN...None. VA...None. && $$ AMP/MJB

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