Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS64 KMRX 250730 AFDMRX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Morristown TN 330 AM EDT Tue Apr 25 2017 .SHORT TERM (Today and tonight)... Ridging aloft will build into the area today from the west as the closed low to our east continues to move away. Northeast sections will have some clouds through the morning, but by the afternoon we should have mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. The ridge axis will be over the Appalachians on Wednesday, with a SW low level flow in the TN Valley. This will provide temperatures well above normal, with highs in the mid 80s for most Valley locations. A deep trough over the Plains on Wednesday will be lifting NE and become negatively tilted as it tracks into the TN and OH Valley region. The NAM and GFS agree pretty well on the timing of storms ahead of the cold front, reaching the Plateau around 12Z Thursday. The severe threat with this system will be mostly to our west as the timing is not favorable for instability from surface heating, and the NE track of the surface low and upper trough should mean a general weakening trend as storms approach our area. Likely PoPs will be continued for Thursday, tapering off through the evening as the front as the cold front exits to the south and east. .LONG TERM (Friday through Monday)... Relatively active Spring weather pattern continues with a short wave building northeast across the Upper Midwest. The wave and some warm and moist advection could allow for a few showers and a thunderstorm or two at the end of the work week. That warm front will advance well north of the forecast area later Friday night into Saturday as an amplifying long wave trough presses slowly northeast out of the Mountain West through the Great Lakes Sunday into Monday. As this occurs, a deepening mid latitude cyclone will drag a significant cold front through the Southern Appalachian Region with an increasing probability of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night into Monday. Beautiful above normal warmth is in store through most of the extended period with a return to more typical early Spring temperatures by Monday. && .PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS... Chattanooga Airport, TN 78 57 86 63 / 0 0 0 20 Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport, TN 77 56 85 61 / 0 0 0 10 Oak Ridge, TN 78 56 86 62 / 0 0 0 20 Tri Cities Airport, TN 71 52 84 55 / 10 0 0 10 && .MRX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NC...None. TN...None. VA...None. && $$ 24/99 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.