Area Forecast Discussion
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676 FXUS61 KRLX 181856 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 156 PM EST Thu Jan 18 2018 .SYNOPSIS...
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With high pressure passing south of the area, a southwest flow will bring milder air through the weekend, with a warm front passing Saturday. A cold front crosses late Monday.
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As of 130 PM Thursday... Broad sfc high pressure centered roughly over the lower MS River will have a ridge, extending northeast across TN, KY and WV through Friday. The high pressure center is expected to pass well south of the area through the weekend. Despite of clear skies expected, models show warm advection under southwest to west winds. H850 temperatures will increase just 2C by Friday from minus 2C this afternoon. Lows generally in the teens, compared with the widepsread single digits of early this morning, reflect the ongoing retreat of the arctic air.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/... As of 350 AM Thursday... Warm and mostly dry during the short term period with high pressure in control. A warm frontal boundary associated with low pressure moving northeast out of the Plains will lift north across the area late Saturday night into Sunday, with light showers forming as it does so. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 350 AM Thursday... Cold front associated with aforementioned low will sweep across the forecast area on Monday, with rain developing area wide. Good moisture fetch associated with system, with PW values progged to rise to around an inch, will result in decent rain totals, with qpf values around 0.75 inches or more area wide. Any lingering precipitation will change over to light rain and snow showers Monday night, continuing into Tuesday, with light accumulations possible. Wednesday looks to be dry with more seasonal temperatures. && .AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 1245 PM Thursday... CAVU through the period. High pressure builds overhead to provide clear skies through the period. The GFS and NAM show H850 west southwest winds around 40 knots around 2000 feet. The NAM and RAP13 models suggest Boundary layered winds of 20 to 30 knots overnight. Expecting EKN site to decouple overnight to produce light to calm winds. These conditions could produce low level wind shear at EKN overnight and was included in TAFEKN starting at 05Z. For the rest of the sites, light to gentle flow with occasional gusty winds will reduce the threat for LLWS at other sites. Light southwest surface flow, west to northwest on the ridges, will strengthen and become a bit gusty this afternoon and evening, before becoming light again tonight. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium to high. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Timing of low level wind shear may vary. Low level wind shear could materialize at other sites if the lower atmosphere decouples. 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 EST 1HRLY 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 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 18Z FRIDAY... None. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ARJ/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.