Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 220720 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 220 AM EST Wed Feb 22 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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Weak system crosses this morning for a cloudy and cooler day. Unseasonably warm again Thursday and Friday. Strong cold front Friday night brings cooler weekend.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 210 AM Wednesday... Light rain makes its way through the area today - mainly this morning. Rain decreases this afternoon though clouds should be prevalent as upslope flow keeps a saturated layer pinned up against the mountains, so have opted to decrease max temps to the lower 60s today.
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&& .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 310 PM Tuesday... Strong warm air advection kicks in on Thursday as a warm front pushes northward across the region. There is some weak instability and although we will mostly see just a few showers with the passing of the front, it is possible that there could be an isolated thunderstorm. Friday should be mostly dry as we will be entrenched in the warm sector as low pressure tracks northeast into the Great Lakes. High temperatures will soar well into the mid to upper 70s. We should stay dry through 00Z Saturday, as cold front at this point is still across Indiana/Illinois border. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 325 PM Tuesday... Low pressure tracking across the Great Lakes will drive a cold front through the region Saturday morning. Models continue to slow down this front and now with the early Saturday morning arrival, it appears that t-storm chances are decreasing. Still left a mention for t-storms for now in the forecast, but expecting mostly showers with isolated embedded storms possible. Sharp temperature contrast behind the front and colder air arrives fairly quickly Saturday night. With northwest flow it is possible that we will see some snow flying Saturday night into early Sunday morning, but this activity will mainly be in the favorable upslope areas across Northern West Virginia Mountains. Models continue to be miles apart after Saturday. As ECMWF keeps high pressure overhead while the GFS has a clipper system pushing across the region. Continued with what previous forecast had with slight chance POPs Sunday night. All guidance agrees however, that warmer conditions will make a return by the beginning of next week. && .AVIATION /07Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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03Z Wednesday thru 00Z Thursday... As of 1225 AM Wednesday... VFR for now though showers beginning to make their way into the area. Expect MVFR conditions to begin to prevail with even an isolated pocket of IFR. Conditions improve late this afternoon as system moves east. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 06Z THURSDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High early, becoming medium. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: IFR may be more widespread across the south late tonight and Wednesday morning 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. DATE WED 02/22/17 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 M M M M M M M L HTS CONSISTENCY H H M M M M M M M M M L BKW CONSISTENCY H H M M M M M L L L L L EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H M M M H H M H L PKB CONSISTENCY H H H L L L L L M M M L CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M H L AFTER 06Z THURSDAY... No widespread IFR conditions are expected at this time.
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&& .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JW/MPK NEAR TERM...JW SHORT TERM...MPK LONG TERM...MPK AVIATION...JW

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