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261 FXUS61 KRLX 081954 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 254 PM EST Thu Dec 8 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Much colder weather through Saturday. A low pressure system crosses Sunday night and Monday. A cold front crosses toward midweek. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 200 PM Thursday... Brief sfc high pressure remains in control this evening with VFR conditions. Models suggest strong cold advection tonight. This, together with radiational cooling where it clears will produce temperatures from the low 20s lowlands to the single digits for elevations higher than 3000 feet. Winds turn northwest to set up upslope snow showers mainly over elevations greater than 3kft. Used a blend of all models for temperatures through the period. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/... As of 235 PM Thursday... Flurries and snow showers should be confined to the northern mountains Friday night with a lingering strato/stratocu deck holding firm elsewhere. This should keep overnight lows up a bit from what MOS guidance is suggesting...though still quite cold. The stratocu will erode from southwest to northeast on Saturday with sunshine becoming more prevalent across the region. Temps will still be cold though, with only a slight improvement from Friday. Attention then turns to Sunday, where models are beginning to converge on a synoptic solution regarding the next system. A surface low will eject out of the Southern Plains Sunday with a developing warm front extending pretty far to the northeast, into the Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, an upper level impulse zipping through the increasing zonal flow will help to increase the isentropic lift across the Ohio Valley in proximity to the warm front. Where this warm front sets up will ultimately determine the extent of wintry precip over the area. There is some consensus on this staying just north of the area, perhaps clipping portions of southeast Ohio and northern West Virginia zones with some light snow later Sunday before turning to rain overnight into Monday. As such have some minor accumulations coded up for those locales. This is still a low confidence forecast despite an emerging consensus, primarily due to how close the warm front will be and the extent of WAA from the south. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 250 PM Thursday... The extended was primarily populated with the Superblend given the volatility amongst the global models and ensembles. Overall, a reload of arctic air for the latter half of the work week. && .AVIATION /20Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 115 PM Thursday... A dry cold front passing just north of the area will bring colder and gusty winds behind it. Satellite images show a large cloud deck of MVFR ceilings about 2200 feet moving east in the cold air. These clouds will likely move across our northern sections through tonight. Meanwhile, an area of mostly clear skies will prevail over the rest of the area. Those low level clouds will be squeezed by the northeast mountains to produce up to two inches of snow through Friday. West gusty flow could remain gusty mainly higher elevations. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Timing and height of MVFR stratocu may vary tonight. Gusty winds will vary this afternoon and tonight, and may be stronger than forecast. 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 EST 1HRLY 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 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 M BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H M M M M L M L M PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H M L L L M L CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H M H M M M M L L AFTER 18Z FRIDAY... IFR possible in snow showers into Friday in the mountains, especially across the higher windward terrain. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ARJ/30 NEAR TERM...ARJ SHORT TERM...30 LONG TERM...30 AVIATION...ARJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.