Area Forecast Discussion
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830 FXUS61 KRLX 161940 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 240 PM EST Thu Nov 16 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A high pressure system will build in tonight providing clearing. The high remains on Friday. Strong cold front for Saturday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 1230 PM Thursday... Some cold air advection will continue this evening, allowing for a stratus deck in some locations. Moisture depth is limited, so any upslope precipitation should be very light and limited to northeastern WV. Therefore will only mention sprinkles or flurries. As warm air advection sets in later tonight, expect clearing skies. A high pressure system will provide dry weather and plenty of sunshine for Friday. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/... As of 240 PM Thursday... The area of high pressure pushes quickly east allowing a strong system to approach from the west by late Friday night. Models suggest a warm front will push northeast across the area on Saturday with a strong cold front pushing east Saturday night. As a result, expect a decent chance of showers across our southeast Ohio counties as well as the northern counties of West Virginia by Friday night and across much of the region Saturday into Saturday night. Ahead of the front, there could even be a few rumbles of thunder. Some of these storms could produce strong wind gusts as southwest winds in excess of 50 kts are anticipated just above the surface. The rainshowers should begin to mix with snow around midnight with snow or a rain/snow mixture across our northern counties and much of the West Virginia mountains by morning. Air aloft will be quite cold and this should allow the precipitation to be in the form of snow even with surface temperatures several degrees above freezing across the lowland counties. By Sunday, precipitation chances should end from the west as high pressure tries to build in. Much of the area should be dry with precipitation chances in the form of snow continuing in the mountains late Sunday afternoon and evening. Snow chances should even end in the mountains Sunday night as drier high pressure builds in. Current thinking is that portions of the higher elevations of the northern mountain counties could see snowfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches. Southerly winds will develop Friday night which should act to keep temperatures up across the west where overnight lows should be in the 40s. However, lighter winds across the northeast as well as the mountain counties should allow the temperatures to fall into the 30s with temperatures rising before daybreak. Gusty southwest winds Saturday will result in above normal daytime temperatures. However, much colder air will filter in Saturday night with daytime readings Sunday and lows Sunday night well below normal. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 240 PM Thursday... High pressure should be in charge on Monday. Models suggest a cold front will approach from the northwest by mid-week. However, models really diverge on the timing of the front. Used a blend of model guidance for temperatures through the period. && .AVIATION /19Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 1230 PM Thursday... An MVFR cloud deck can be expected at many location this afternoon and evening due to cold air advection. The deck is expected to erode overnight as a high pressure system builds in. Clouds will remain the longest in the northern WV mountains. VFR conditions can be expected on Friday. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Timing of MVFR restrictions could vary, especially the erosion of clouds overnight. 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 M H H H H H H H M HTS CONSISTENCY H H M L H H H H H M M L BKW CONSISTENCY M M L L L H H H H H H M EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M L CKB CONSISTENCY L L H H H H H H H H L M AFTER 18Z FRIDAY... IFR possible Saturday and Saturday night in precipitation. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...RPY/MPK NEAR TERM...RPY SHORT TERM...JSH/AB LONG TERM...JSH/AB AVIATION...RPY is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.