Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 191722 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 1222 PM EST Mon Feb 19 2018 .SYNOPSIS... Warm front lifts through this morning with rain. Cold front midweek brings showers and storms. Front stalls through the end of the week, with significant rainfall possible. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 1030 AM Monday... Line of showers have exited to our north with some lingering precipitation over our far northwest counties. Adjusted PoPs with very minor changes over the short term, clearing area north of KCKB and KEKN an hour or so earlier, based on latest radar and short term model guidance. Otherwise, main forecast on track for today and Tuesday with a slight drying trend in the short term before next system arrives. As of 600 AM Monday... Adjusted POPs based on current radar, trending towards a HRRR/NAMnest blend for the rest of the day. Have line of showers currently running from KDWU to KBKW lifting north over the next 3-4 hours, with mainly dry conditions after that. Do linger POPs over far NW corner through most of the afternoon...also added isolated thunder mention in this same area. As of 1245 AM Monday... A warm front is making its way through the coal fields, and will continue lifting northward through this morning. Adjusted POPs a bit slower than previous forecast and high res models with radar just showing echos making it to the Tug Valley now. However do have some concern that things will accelerate northward, so plan to go through POPs again in a couple hours when radar gives a bit more to latch onto. For now, have likely rain lifting northward, with the exception of keeping chance wording across the western slope downslope area with E to SE low level flow. Temperature wise, have non-diurnal temperatures taking over in the next couple hours with a slow warming trend through sunrise. Did not make any significant changes to high/low for today and tonight with a very mild airmass moving in behind the warm front. && .SHORT TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... As of 120 AM Monday... Bulk of precipitation to start the period to our north, as upper heights build across the eastern U.S. Good southerly flow and building heights across the region will result in temperatures well above normal on Tuesday, with some lowland locations topping out in the lower 80s. Upper ridge breaks down by Wednesday, as a cold front approaches the area. Showers and thunderstorms look likely on Wednesday, with additional rain expected on Thursday, as frontal boundary stalls out across the region, and a wave moves along the front, enhancing precipitation. Heaviest rain during this period looks to be across southeast Ohio, with a good inch or so of rain expected. This could lead to rises on area creeks and streams once again, particularly across southeast Ohio. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 125 AM Monday... A series of low pressure systems, with heavy rainfall potential are expected Friday through the weekend. Models are still continuing to hit the heaviest precipitation axis across the Ohio River region, and this could lead to additional flooding issues both on area creeks and streams, and main stem rivers, including the Ohio. Have elected to highlight flooding potential into the HWO for the period. && .AVIATION /17Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 1222 PM Monday... Warm front has lifted north of the area leaving us in south to southwest flow and mostly VFR. Will continue to see some drying in the wake of front, with VFR expected for the remainder of the TAF period. Winds will be out of the S to SW with fair amount of gradient flow with downsloping off the eastern mountains. This should, for the most part, negate any chances for morning fog Tuesday morning, despite the wet soils and moist boundary layer. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z TUESDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Brief MVFR possible in stray shower or two. 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 H 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 H H H H H H H H H M M M PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M M CKB CONSISTENCY M H H H H H H H H M M M AFTER 18Z TUESDAY... IFR possible in showers late Wednesday or Wednesday night into Thursday. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...MZ/SL NEAR TERM...KMC/MZ SHORT TERM...SL LONG TERM...SL AVIATION...KMC is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.