Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 180833 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 333 AM EST Thu Jan 18 2018 .SYNOPSIS...
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High pressure over the Lower Mississippi Valley will move east across the Gulf Coast states today through Friday. Low pressure will develop in the Central Plains on Sunday then track into the Great Lakes by Tuesday. This system will push a cold front through the area on Monday and Tuesday.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 250 AM EST Thursday... Closed upper low was over eastern North Carolina this morning. This low will move offshore and begin to fill today. At the surface high pressure was over the Lower Mississippi Valley with a lee trof along the central and southern Appalachians. The trof was tightening the pressure gradient leading to increased wind speeds this morning. The 850MB jet will pick up to around 50 knots this afternoon which will prolong the gusty winds at higher elevations, especially in southeast West Virginia and along the Blue Ridge north of Roanoke. Satellite pictures showed the clouds had cleared out of the foothills and piedmont of Virginia and North Carolina. Snow will hold temperatures below guidance today and tonight despite the warm air advection at 850MB. Dry air mass does favor a large diurnal temperature spread but expect solar insolation that goes toward snow melt to counteract that. Low clouds along the western slopes of the Appalachians this morning with a few flurries. Boone, NC was reporting a reduced visibility and light snow with a clear sky. Based on the wind of 15G25MPH the observation instruments are likely sensing some blowing snow. Models have a bulk of this cloud cover dissipating around 10AM.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 330 AM EST Thursday... The upper pattern will be transitioning to more of an eastern ridge/western trof, which will bring breezy and much warmer conditions to the region this weekend. By late Saturday developing low pressure over the Rockies will start to push a warm front in our direction. However the better moisture and isentropic lift will only brush the Appalachains and central mid Atlantic region, bringing just a slight chance for a shower far west Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Temperatures will warm to well above normal levels with readings by Sunday rising well into the 50s, though lingering snow cover mainly east of the Blue Ridge will temper the warm up.
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&& .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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As of 235 PM EST Wednesday... We stay warmer than normal ahead of a deep trough/closed low moving across the central U.S. Monday which then sends a front across us Tuesday with a threat of showers. Colder air behind it may bring a few snow showers to the mountains of WV, but temps behind this system are not as cold as the pattern we are in now.
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&& .AVIATION /09Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
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As of 1140 PM EST Wednesday... Flying conditions will slowly improve across eastern sections overnight as the final band of light snow heads southeast over the next couple of hours before exiting. In the wake of this band, will see conditions quickly transition to VFR with only scattered to broken strato- cu including areas of mid clouds. Only exception will be across the far western ridges where sub- VFR may linger around KBLF and perhaps redevelop at KLWB overnight. However expect cigs at both locations to gradually mix out to scattered VFR clouds toward daybreak Thursday as very dry air advects in. There may also be a brief period of upslope snow showers or flurries across the southeast West Virginia sites over the next few hours before shallow moisture fades. Winds will also be gusty in the mountains from the northwest with gusts of 20 to 30 knots. High pressure finally builds in late tonight. High pressure will result in VFR conditions for all taf sites on Thursday. However west winds will remain rather strong across the ridges with gusts to 20-25 knots possible. Extended Discussion... Dry air will and high pressure will cover the region Thursday night through Sunday. VFR conditions are expected as well as warming temperatures. Moisture will return to west Sunday night into Monday with sub-VFR conditions possible ahead of another cold front. VFR conditions should return on Tuesday.
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&& .EQUIPMENT... As of 245 PM EST Wednesday... NOAA Weather Radio, WXL60 (Roanoke Transmitter) which broadcasts at 162.475 MHz remains off the air. Telephone company will be working on this and hope to have it back up by Thursday afternoon. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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VA...Wind Chill Advisory until 10 AM EST this morning for VAZ007- 009>020-022>024-032>035. NC...Wind Chill Advisory until 10 AM EST this morning for NCZ001- 002-018. Winter Weather Advisory until noon EST today for NCZ001>006- 018>020. WV...Wind Chill Advisory until 10 AM EST this morning for WVZ042>044-507-508.
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