Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 181747 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 1247 PM EST Sun Feb 18 2018 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure crosses today. Warm front Monday, and then a cold front midweek. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 1025 AM Sunday... Quick update for Sky Grids to start clearing earlier through this afternoon. Rest of forecast remains on track. As of 400 AM Sunday... Expired winter weather advisory across higher terrain. As of 205 AM Sunday... No significant changes were necessary to the previous forecast. Much of the precipitation has tapered off, with mainly areas of -dz across parts of the lowlands, with some -shsn still continuing across the higher terrain. Looking like current winter weather advisory will be on track to expire at 09Z as planned, with precipitation appearing to be rather light/spotty in nature. Otherwise, gusty winds across the area this evening, will gradually become light throughout the day as surface high pressure continues to build in from the west, along with a gradual clearing trend. Temperatures under abundant sunshine should allow for a nice warm up, with temperatures expected to warm into the upper 40s to lower 50s for much of the area. Overnight, clouds will increase, along with chances for precipitation again, as a warm frontal boundary lifts north across the area. Expecting either a slight increase in temperatures overnight, or at least a steadying out of temps. Precipitation overnight is looking to be quick hitting, and light in nature, so not expecting any additional water issues from it at this time. There could be a very brief period of freezing rain or drizzle across the northern mountains early Monday, but at this point it appears to be very marginal, with temps probably rising before much moisture moves into the area. Have kept a mainly rain forecast at this point. Flooding along the Ohio River is expected to continue through at least Monday or Tuesday, depending on location. && .SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/... As of 230 AM Sunday... A warm front will lift through on Monday with an area of showers. Rainfall amounts should generally be a quarter inch or less. Tuesday will be abnormally warm -- with the whole forecast area firmly in the warm sector. Bumped highs up another degree on average. Am still a couple degrees below warmer MOS guidance. Still... looking at record highs for the day and possibly the month of February as a whole. Slowed down POPs a bit Tuesday night, expecting it to remain dry. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 230 AM Sunday... A cold front will push through Wednesday afternoon or evening. Have POPs on the increase in SE Ohio Wednesday morning, with an area of 70-80 POPs crossing the forecast area with the front. Also have slight chance of thunder mentioned. Differences remain in the models as to how quickly the front will clear the forecast area, and then eventually when it will lift back north as a warm front under the influence of the next surface low. Maintained chance POPs through the end of the work week. && .AVIATION /18Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
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As of 1247 PM Sunday... MVFR ceilings at CRW, HTS and and PKB will become VFR as clearing takes place due to a high pressure overhead early this afternoon. Easterly light winds early this afternoon will turn southeast tonight. On Monday, the next system approaches increasing clouds and chances of rain showers along with MVFR conditions to the southernmost sites, then spreading north to affect rest of sites. Models show different solutions on pcpn, some of them, splitting east and west leaving most of our area rain free Monday. However, models are notorious for not handling warm front correctly. Confidence runs low for any IFR conditions due to pcpn. A new but slow cold front will reach the OH River Wednesday and Wednesday night. IFR conditions expected under periods of rain showers and a slight possibility for thunderstorms. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z MONDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High. Medium with system Wednesday. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: None. 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 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 EST 1HRLY 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M M HTS CONSISTENCY L H H H H H H H H M M M BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M M EKN CONSISTENCY M H H H H H H H H M M M PKB CONSISTENCY H M H H H H H H H M M M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M M AFTER 18Z MONDAY... IFR possible in showers late Wednesday or Wednesday night into Thursday.
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&& .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...MZ/SL NEAR TERM...ARJ/SL SHORT TERM...MZ/AB LONG TERM...MZ/AB AVIATION...ARJ

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