Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 241903 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 303 PM EDT Mon Apr 24 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure meanders slowly through the carolinas through Tuesday, and then fills as it moves up the middle Atlantic seaboard through Wednesday night. Next front Thursday night. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 130 PM Monday... The low pressure center passes south of the area into the Carolinas tonight and Tuesday. Rain showers will be decreasing in coverage and intensity mainly over the eastern mountains through tonight. Low level stratus will develop over the eastern mountains overnight. Models show boundary layer winds of 20-25 knots northeast mountains, ranging to 10 knots lower elevations. Therefore, not expecting widespread IFR fog development due to good ventilation and plenty cloudiness expected. Went closer to the blend of all models for temperatures through the period. && .SHORT TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/... As of 230 PM Monday... High pressure and ridging aloft starts to build into the region late Tuesday night and Wednesday. Temperatures will soar on Wednesday under the ridge, with highs climbing into the low to mid 80s under mostly sunny skies. Even the mountains will see temperatures climb into the upper 60s to low 70s with strong warm air advection at H850. Conditions will remain dry through at least 12Z Thursday, with all guidance holding off an approaching cold front until after the short term period. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 340 PM Monday... Guidance is in fairly good agreement with a cold front pushing into the Ohio Valley Thursday afternoon. The current timing of having the front approaching around max heating makes for higher probability for scattered thunderstorms. CAPE values are still looking fairly modest for the day and even with decent 0-6km bulk shear of around 40 knots. Still not thinking widespread severe weather at this point, but as previous forecast mentioned, thunderstorms with heavy downpours and maybe some damaging winds due to the decent shear may be possible. After brief period of high pressure for the end of the work week, things turn unsettled again for the weekend as warm front pushes through. Temperatures are likely to soar into the mid and possibly upper 80s. Current forecast guidance keeps the front in our vicinity through the weekend and will be the focus for more showers and thunderstorms. Finally, we will have to keep an eye to see how the forecast unfolds as we enter next week. Ensemble and operational guidance is hinting at an anomalous low pressure tracking into the Great Lake and dragging a strong cold front through on Monday. With this being day 7 of the forecast, there is still plenty to be sorted out, but will just mention the potential is there for a significant system. && .AVIATION /19Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 1100 AM Monday... As a deep low pressure system moves further east, its influence on the local weather decrease more and more. Western sites will enjoy of VFR conditions through the period. There should be enough clouds and wind to preclude widespread fog tonight, but the stratus may move back west over BKW overnight. However, abundant low level moisture and gentle to moderate boundary layered winds from the east will allow for low stratus formation along the eastern mountains including EKN and BKW overnight tonight. Surface flow will be light east to northeast, except east to southeast in the mountains, and around 10 kts and gusty at BKW today. Flow aloft will be light to moderate southeast tonight. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z TUESDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Timing on IFR low stratus along the eastern mountains could vary. Some sheltered places could see morning fog. EXPERIMENTAL TABLE OF FLIGHT CATEGORY OBJECTIVELY SHOWS CONSISTENCY OF WFO FORECAST TO AVAILABLE MODEL INFORMATION: H = HIGH: TAF CONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL. M = MEDIUM: TAF HAS VARYING LEVEL OF CONSISTENCY WITH MODELS. L = LOW: TAF INCONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL. UTC 1HRLY 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 EDT 1HRLY 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H L BKW CONSISTENCY H H H M H M H H H H H L EKN CONSISTENCY L L L L L L L L M M M L PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H L AFTER 18Z TUESDAY... No widespread IFR conditions expected. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ARJ/MPK NEAR TERM...ARJ SHORT TERM...MPK LONG TERM...MPK AVIATION...ARJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.