Area Forecast Discussion
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566 FXUS61 KRLX 211908 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 308 PM EDT Fri Apr 21 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Cold front sags south through this afternoon then lifts back north late Friday night/Saturday. System exits Sunday night/Monday. Primarily dry next week and warming. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 240 PM Friday... Line of convection working across the southern coalfields. Storm environment showing weak shear and instability in a broad convergent zone ahead of main front. The front will help continue to kick line off to the south and east for the remainder of the afternoon and into in Saturday. We may see a slight uptick in intensity this afternoon in max daytime heating but severe is not expected at this time. Front never makes it too far south as vigorous sfc to mid level wave approaches. Models still showing a fair spread in where best dynamics and qpf set up, with the GFS trending to more southward solution, with lesser amounts of qpf on saturday. The NAM further to the north with both the initial and secondary waves. Hanging our near term forecast more in line with the GFS solution for the time being and will hold off on any headlines, which probably would be more appropriate just outside the period on Saturday, if needed. For temps, used a model blend. && .SHORT TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 305 PM Friday... Expecting an additional inch and a half of rain, give or take, over the southern zones heading into the Saturday night and Sunday time frame with the system eventually making an exit. Inverted trough aloft keeps the need for low end POPs going over the mountains through Monday night, although additional rainfall will be largely negligible. Still have concerns for creek, stream, and river rises from the event, and expect isolated issues. However, the greening of the landscape will assist somewhat in the absorption of rainfall to a degree, and there should be some breaks as well. So the overall precipitation will be a result of duration more than coming all at once from a heavy rainfall producing convective complex. Speaking of convection, threat for thunder is low to none for the short term as rain stabilizes the atmosphere enough to prevent such activity. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 305 PM Friday... Models still suggesting isolated POPs mid week with a southwest to northeast moving trough aloft, but it appears that the QPF fields may be overextended in the output a bit. Think that chances for rain are going to be on the low side, and will say with a degree of confidence that significant precipitation in the long term is not expected. In general, it will be a drier period, with temperatures really beginning to ramp up to very warm conditions. Have upper 80s in the lowlands by the end of the week, but dewpoints should stay in the 50s. && .AVIATION /19Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 240 PM Friday... Seeing convection on a line from KCKB to just south of KHTS, in areas south and east this afternoon. Generally VFR in place to the northwest of the front. Cold front remains in general vicinity through TAF period as a atmospheric wave arrives from the west. Atmospheric column will see a moisture increase overnight into Saturday for a period of MVFR and IFR conditions late overnight and into Saturday. Painted general IFR conditions after 10Z for most sites and we probably will not see much daytime recovery on Saturday as stratus and showers remain in the vicinity. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: More widespread mvfr and ifr conditions may occur 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. UTC 1HRLY 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 EDT 1HRLY 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 CRW CONSISTENCY M H H H H H H H H H H M HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H L BKW CONSISTENCY M M H M H M H H H H H M EKN CONSISTENCY H M H H H H H H H H H L PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M CKB CONSISTENCY M H H H H H H H H H H L AFTER 18Z SATURDAY... IFR possible into Sunday with another wave of low pressure. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...KMC/26 NEAR TERM...KMC SHORT TERM...TRM/26 LONG TERM...TRM/26 AVIATION...KMC/SL is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.