Area Forecast Discussion
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205 FXUS61 KRLX 242038 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 338 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A strong cold front crosses pre- and post- dawn Saturday morning, followed by cooler weather for the weekend. A couple systems next week with precipitation chances. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 315 PM Friday... After a record breaking warm afternoon and a dry, mild evening, a strong cold front still appears on track to bring a line of showers and thunderstorms through the area just ahead of it overnight into Saturday morning. The main convective threat is wind damage as super cells that form upstream evolve into a fast moving squall line, but the hail and even tornado threat could not be entirely ruled out if the low level shear can give rise to sufficient mesoscale organization. Dry slot behind the cold front will bring a quick end to the showers and thunderstorms from west to east on Saturday, but wrap around precipitation will then spread into northern portions of the area later Saturday afternoon. These rain showers will start turning over to snow showers late, as much colder air advects in. Used a blend of primarily near term sources for hourly temperatures in the warm air ahead of the front tonight, and in the cold advection behind the front on Saturday. Lows tonight will be close to or equal to highs Saturday. Record highs today were already breaking... Location.......Old Record/Year....As of 3 PM.....Forecast High Charleston 76 / 1925 79R 81 Huntington 73 / 1930 79R 80 Parkersburg 70 / 1961 78R 79 Elkins 72 / 1985 76R 76 Beckley 71 / 1981 73R 73 && .SHORT TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
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As of 330 PM Friday... Cold air advection on W/NW flow will bring the chance for upslope snow showers across the mountains through early Sunday morning. Moisture is limited so accumulations will be very light with generally less than an inch. High pressure builds over the area on Sunday and although we remain dry it will be cool relatively speaking. High pressure should hold through most of the day Monday, however a southern stream system will approach Monday evening and showers enter SW West Virginia by 00Z Tuesday out ahead of a warm front.
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&& .LONG TERM / THROUGH FRIDAY/...
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As of 335 PM Friday... Zonal flow aloft will make for a progressive and active pattern next week. Our first system brings showers Monday night into Tuesday. The next system will arrive mid week as low pressure tracking across the Great Lakes drag a cold front through the region. Behind this colder air arrives again on NW flow and this will bring a chance for snow showers across the mountains towards the end of the work week.
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&& .AVIATION /21Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 100 PM Friday... After a VFR afternoon, a strong cold front will impact the area overnight tonight into Saturday morning. A line of showers and thunderstorms just ahead of the cold front is timed to reach HTS near 08Z, PKB 09Z, CRW and CKB 10Z, and EKN and BKW around 11Z. Probably MVFR conditions for, with brief IFR possible within, about a 4 to 5 hour period late overnight tonight into Sunday morning. Conditions will improve to VFR across the lowlands Saturday, as dry air and a rising frontal inversion increases mixing heights to about 5-6 kft. South to southwest surface flow will be gusty at times ahead of the cold front, shifting to west and remaining gusty behind the cold front early Saturday morning. Moderate south to southwest flow aloft ahead of the cold front into tonight will become moderate west behind the cold front on Saturday. Strong wind gusts are possible with the convection overnight tonight. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium to high. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: May need to add TSRA to prevailing. Gusty winds will tend to vary, especially with the convection and the passage of the cold front overnight tonight into Saturday morning. 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 SATURDAY... No widespread IFR conditions are expected at this time. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...TRM/MPK NEAR TERM...TRM SHORT TERM...MPK LONG TERM...MPK AVIATION...TRM

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