Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 251837 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 237 PM EDT Tue Apr 25 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure system moves off the Carolinas coast loosing its grip on our weather. Brief high pressure builds tonight and Wednesday. Next cold front Thursday night. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 230 PM Tuesday... As the upper level low over the Carolinas moves northeast off the Atlantic coast, winds aloft will decrease and back from the west southwest, ahead of an approaching cold front. This winds will bring warm and moist air mass to the area. With near calm winds and enough low level moisture and skies clearing, expect areas of dense fog mainly along the river valleys overnight tonight. A brief high pressure builds over the OH Valley Wednesday providing dry conditions from tonight through Wednesday night. The next cold front approaches Thursday with chance for showers or storms ahead of the front. The actual front crosses Thursday night with additional convection. && .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... As of 420 AM Tuesday... High pressure builds into the region for Wednesday, for overall dry and warm conditions. Rather dry airmass expected to be in place should result in an overall sunny sky, and quick warm up in temperatures, with much of the lowlands topping out in the lower to mid 80s, with 70s in the mountains. Focus then shifts to a cold front which will move into the region late Thursday afternoon or evening. Still expecting showers and thunderstorms, but still thinking severe potential will be somewhat limited, particularly if timing of the frontal boundary slows down further. Nevertheless, there is the potential for heavy downpours, and strong gusty winds making it to the surface, although, no widespread severe is expected at this time. If there is any change in the timing of this boundary, the story on this could change however. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 420 AM Tuesday... Focus this weekend shifts to a developing and strengthening low pressure system near the Gulf. Warm frontal boundary will lift north across the region on Saturday, with showers and thunderstorms as it does so. In addition, it will be rather hot and humid for this time of year, with dew points rising into the 60s, and max temperatures in the mid to upper 80s for much of the lowlands, as good southerly flow/high moisture content air makes its way into the region out ahead of this approaching low. Any storms that develop during this time period will have heavy downpours, due to the high moisture content, pw values progged to rise to 1.2 to 1.4 inches. Strong cold front with system progged to move through the region early next week. Although still several days out, this is looking to be a major system this weekend into early next week, and will need to be monitored. && .AVIATION /19Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 11 AM Tuesday... Radar images show rain showers have diminished or dissipated across central WV by 18Z. SFC obs suggest post rain IFR ceilings that should last for two more hours. Vfr conditions will prevail over the rest of sites through 03Z. Low pressure center over the Carolinas will move northeast off the Atlantic coast tonight. A brief high pressure builds over the OH Valley tonight and Wednesday allowing for mostly clear skies. Abundant low level moisture, near calm winds and clear skies will allow for fog development mainly along river valleys and over areas that received the rain. IFR/LIFR conditions possible at CRW, EKN and HTS during the predawn hours. By Wednesday morning, any fog will quickly dissipate to provide widespread VFR conditions through the rest of the period. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z WEDNESDAY... ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Formation of fog or mist tonight may vary. 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 L L L L H H H H H L HTS CONSISTENCY H H M M M M M M M M M L BKW CONSISTENCY M M L H H M L L M M M L EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H H M H H H H M M PKB CONSISTENCY M H H H H H H H H H H M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H M M M M H H H L AFTER 18Z WEDNESDAY... No widespread IFR conditions expected. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...TRM/SL NEAR TERM...ARJ SHORT TERM...SL LONG TERM...SL AVIATION...ARJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.