Area Forecast Discussion
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519 FXUS61 KRLX 210801 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 301 AM EST Tue Nov 21 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Southwest flow today brings milder afternoon. Cold front crosses tonight. High pressure Wednesday through Thanksgiving and Friday. Cold front crosses Saturday. High pressure Monday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 300 AM Tuesday... After a chilly start, a south to southwest flow around the back side of high pressure moving off the east coast, brings about a milder afternoon today. It also brings low level moisture northward into the central appalachians, resulting in an increase in cloud cover there late this afternoon and evening. A northern stream short wave trough drives a surface cold front through the area late tonight. This brings an increase in clouds throughout the area tonight, along with the chance for rain showers across northern portions of the area, where mid level forcing associated with the front is strongest. Southern portions of the area are left on the anticyclonic shear side of the jet stream, and remain mainly dry. The rain showers will transition to snow showers in the northern WV mountains early Wednesday morning, as the colder air moves in behind the front, although the -8 to -9 C at the top of the moist layer near h85 is marginal for the presence of ice crystals in cloud. Either way, little if any accumulation is expected through 12Z Wednesday, as temperatures will be just getting below freezing over the very highest ridges by then. Stayed away from the high MAV on highs today, the previous forecast close to the latest MET and short term consensus guidance, which was also used for hourly temperatures tonight, with the crossing cold front. && .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 300 AM Tuesday... Light rain and snow showers will taper off as the morning progresses on Wednesday, with no additional accumulations expected. High pressure, with cooler, but dry weather will take hold for Thanksgiving Day and Friday, with temperatures topping out in the 40s to 50s. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 300 AM Tuesday... Another progressive system will affect the region late Friday night into the weekend. Rain and snow showers are expected to develop, particularly across the north, as a cold front sweeps across the region. After a brief lull in the precipitation later in the day Saturday, outside of upslope rain and snow showers across the mountains, a reinforcing short wave will bring another round of precipitation for Sunday, along with an additional shot of cooler air. Light accumulations are expected across the mountainous counties. && .AVIATION /08Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 100 AM Tuesday... VFR overnight and Tuesday with cirrus the dominant cloud type, with additional FEW030 morning cu developing during mixing of the boundary layer Tuesday. Low level moisture will be drawn up across the central Appalachians from the south, out ahead of a cold front approaching from the northwest. This could bring MVFR ceilings to the mountains Tuesday night, starting around 01Z BKW and then around 04Z EKN. BKW ceilings could drop to near IFR by 06Z Wednesday. Elsewhere, higher SCT-BKN stratocu is expected Tuesday night, as the cold front moves into the middle Ohio Valley. A light rain shower is possible in east central Ohio, and into northern WV, late Tuesday night. Light south to southeast surface flow overnight, will increase and become south to southwest on Tuesday, with wind gusts to 20kts possible during mixing from afternoon heating. These southwest winds will diminish Tuesday evening. Flow aloft will be moderate southwest. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 06Z WEDNESDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Fog could form at EKN overnight. Timing and extent of MVFR stratocu could vary Tuesday and Tuesday night. 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 TUE 11/21/17 UTC 1HRLY 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 EST 1HRLY 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H 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 H H M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M AFTER 06Z WEDNESDAY... No widespread IFR conditions expected. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...TRM/SL NEAR TERM...TRM SHORT TERM...SL LONG TERM...SL AVIATION...TRM is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.