Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KRLX 282328
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Charleston WV
728 PM EDT Fri Apr 28 2017
Warm front lifts through overnight. Next cold front Monday.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH SATURDAY/...
As of 715 PM Friday...
Showers have developed with mid level destabilization and
moisture advection into the area. Nose of the 850mb gradient now
north of the Ohio River, which is what the showers in that area
have fired on. Nose of the 850mb jet will be another focus in
the coming hours, especially over the western zones. Overall,
have increased the coverage and confidence of POPs over the
northwestern half of the CWA. Timing remains a question mark,
As of 215 PM Friday...
Models showing a warm front developing and pushing northward across
the area overnight. With very dry air in place in the low and mid
levels, precipitation may initially have a hard time forming. Best
chances of precipitation are over southeast Ohio where more moisture
will be available. Some models showing some training of storms along
the front possible in Ohio, so will have to keep an eye out for the
possibility of this causing water issues.
The warm front will then lift north of the area on Saturday. Looking
at the 850 mb temperatures and with plenty of afternoon sunshine
expected, will raise high temperatures. Much of the area will once
again have dry mid levels Saturday afternoon, so thunderstorms will
have a hard time forming.
.SHORT TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
As of 245 PM Friday...
Very warm air mass in place overhead still on Sunday. Temps will
climb close to 90 again for a large portion of Southern through
Central West Virginia. There will be some potential for
thunderstorms to develop near max heating Sunday Afternoon, but
with fairly dry air aloft with decent Cap, have decided to keep
PoP at slight chance to low chance for now.
Strong cold front moves in on Monday and showers and storms are
likely to be widespread with this system. Strong anomalous low
level jet out ahead of the front with GEFS showing 850 mb winds
at 3 to 4 standard deviations above with about 60 knots
forecast. However, ensemble and operational guidance is in
fairly good agreement with the front entering the Ohio Valley
Monday morning which would limit severe potential. Will have to
keep an eye on how the forecast progresses the next couple of
days and if the front slows down there will certainly be
potential for severe storms.
.LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
As of 305 PM Friday...
Much cooler weather will push in behind the front, but it should
remain relatively dry until at least mid week. Forecast guidance
then becomes uncertain after that. Deep trough digs across
Central Plains Wednesday night into Thursday as surface low
ejects northeast out of the SE U.S. and into our region. This
could bring heavy rain to the area as upper trough closes off
into an upper low and lingers overhead into next weekend. Still
very low confidence in this scenario at this time being so late
in the period.
.AVIATION /23Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
As of 715 PM Friday...
Isolated shower development could be a precursor to an active
TAF period with more convective development along the Ohio River
and towards CKB later in the overnight. Warm front lifting
northward providing a focus for development, and then later on,
the nose of an 850mb jet pushing from south to north will also
enhance shower and storm potential. Since this is warm frontal
and warm sector convection, the ceilings will typically stay on
the higher side, so even in showers and storms, ceilings should
stay VFR and above 4kft. Visibilities are expected to fluctuate
per usual in showers and storms. Where prevailing or TEMPO TSRA
exists in the TAF, have utilized G25KT for wind potential.
Amendments are likely through the evening.
FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 00Z SUNDAY...
FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium.
ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Timing of showers and storms could vary.
May need more aggressive IFR vis in TAFs.
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 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
EDT 1HRLY 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05
CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H M M
HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H M M
BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H M M
EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H M M
PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H L H H H H L L
CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H M M
AFTER 00Z SUNDAY...
IFR possible in showers and storms Monday into Monday night.