Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 180521 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 121 AM EDT Wed Oct 18 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Dry high pressure with cool mornings and warm afternoons, with temperatures moderating through the weekend. A cold front crosses on Monday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/...
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As of 120 AM Wednesday... No changes necessary. As of 1025 PM Tuesday... Changes made to ongoing forecast. As of 235 PM Tuesday... A clear sky dominates much of the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians this afternoon. Dewpoints are running a bit below guidance at some locations which this leads to the frost conundrum overnight. With high pressure overhead amid a dry airmass, expect a quick fall in temps this evening. Using this afternoon`s dewpoints as a base and knocking a few degrees off guidance in our colder spots, we have elected to hoist a frost advisory for much of the area. The exception being the northern and central mountains where we ended the growing season today. Within the advisory area, expect dense main stem river valley fog to form once again, which will likely keep frost from forming in our more populated urban centers. I tried to hit this thinking in the headline reiterating areas away from main stem rivers and urban centers more likely to receive frost. Surface high shifts to the east on Wednesday with a s/w trof approaching from the west in the afternoon. Given the dry airmass in place at all levels, expect no impacts from this, with barely a cloud in the sky again. Highs were derived from met/mav/nbm blend which sends afternoon temps back above normal amid lowering RH values.
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&& .SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... As of 230 PM Tuesday... A sfc high pressure will extend from the adjacent coastal waters of the Mid Atlantic, east and south into WV Wednesday night. The high center shifts overhead as it strengthened controlling the weather conditions. Very dry conditions expected through Friday night. Minimum RH values will dip into the 20s in parts of the area Wednesday afternoon, with 30s again widespread Thursday afternoon, becoming more confined to the mountains for Friday afternoon. By Saturday night, the high drifts east as an approaching cold front tightens the pressure gradient to pump moist and warmer air into the area under southwest flow. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 230 PM Tuesday... High pressure continues in control on Saturday through Sunday night. Will have to monitor each afternoon after mixing could bring low RH into the mid 30s. An increase in southwest flow is expected as the front approaches. An upper level trough and surface cold front to cross from the west Sunday night into Monday. Models are in agreement with the timing of FROPA as an upper level through passes through. After drying out behind the front Monday night, the slowing, deepening upper level trough over the area spells lots of clouds, and the chance for showers into Tuesday. Guidance suggests a warming trend through Sunday, followed by temperatures falling back to normal early next week. && .AVIATION /05Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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As of 120 AM Wednesday... Still expecting VLIFR fog to develop in river valleys generally after 07-09Z. Fog will dissipate by 14Z, with a return of VFR conditions with light surface winds area wide. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 06Z THURSDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Less fog may develop tonight than currently 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. DATE WED 10/18/17 UTC 1HRLY 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 EDT 1HRLY 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H M L L L L L L M HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H M M M M M BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M EKN CONSISTENCY H H L L L L L L L L L M PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H M L L L L L L M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H L L L M M AFTER 06Z THURSDAY... Dense valley fog possible each morning this week.
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&& .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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WV...Frost Advisory until 9 AM EDT this morning for WVZ005>011- 013>020-024>034-039-040-515-517-519-521. OH...Frost Advisory until 9 AM EDT this morning for OHZ066-067-075- 076-083>087. KY...Frost Advisory until 9 AM EDT this morning for KYZ101>103-105. VA...Frost Advisory until 9 AM EDT this morning for VAZ003-004.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...ARJ/30 NEAR TERM...MZ/SL SHORT TERM...ARJ LONG TERM...ARJ AVIATION...SL

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