Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 141747 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 147 PM EDT Thu Sep 14 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure over the Ohio Valley will track northeast into Pennsylvania today, then push into New England tonight. High pressure will cover much of the Mid Atlantic region tonight into Friday. A cold front will approach the region from the northwest on Monday and Tuesday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 140 PM EDT Thursday... The upper level low will weaken and fill as it moves northeast this morning into tonight. Have adjusted maximum temperatures down a couple of degrees in most locations across southwest Virginia, northwest North Carolina, and southeast West Virginia. Radar showed less coverage and diminishing intensity since this morning. Have lowered probability of precipitation for the rest of the day. High pressure will build east across the region tonight into Friday. Added some patchy fog tonight into Friday morning. Low temperatures will vary from the lower 50s in the west to the lower 60s in the east.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/... As of 340 AM EDT Thursday... A summerlike pattern will dominate the region during this period with deep trough developing in the western U.S. and a broad subtropical ridge extending from Texas northeast to New England. A pocket of relatively cool 850mb temps will linger over central Appalachians through much of the period, but moderate a bit each day from around +14C to +18C. Moisture levels will be fairly high through the period with dewpoints hovering in the lower to mid 60s as residual moisture from Irma is left lingering across the eastern U.S.. With no sign of any Canadian or Arctic air mass to scour this out within this time frame, the pseudo-tropical air mass is likely be hanging around for while. Given the synoptic pattern in place, the only mechanism to produce precipitation will be differential heating and perhaps a few very weak upper troughs drifting across the northern part of the CWA. Activity will be diurnally driven and focused mainly across the mountains. Lingering troughing across the northeastern U.S. may help trigger a tad more activity across northern areas as well. Will keep pops in the 20-30 percent range and focus mainly on afternoon/evening. An isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out any of these days, but Sat and Sun appear to off the best chance for such. After below normal temperatures at the end of the August and so far much of September to this point, a change to above normal temperatures can be expected through this period. Max temperatures will average 5-10 degrees above normal in the mid 70s west to the lower 80s east, with lows mainly in the 50s to lower 60s. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 130 pm EDT Wednesday... Late this weekend through mid next week is expected to be dominated by an upper ridge with the axis on the west edge of the Appalachians. This is within a fairly stationary large scale pattern with a deeper trough remaining over NW U.S., which will help with the extreme fire situation there, and what is likely to be Hurricane Jose off the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts. The ridge just to our west and tropical system in the western Atlantic will keep a light north or northeasterly flow over the Appalachian region, and models suggest just enough low level convergence for a very small chance of isolated showers each day, most likely in afternoon with some heating and not lasting long. Not a great deal of confidence this far out in those overall precip chances but it is likely that most areas on any one of these days will remain dry. A weak backdoor also appears in several models drifting southwest into the area Monday, which could slightly enhance shower activity. In addition, should Jose meander closer to the coast as a few models suggest, this would result in two things: 1) create more subsidence over our region to actually reduce any precip chances, and 2) increase the northerly breezes in the Piedmont. At this point there is fairly high confidence Jose will remain far enough offshore to have essentially little to no impact on our weather, but of course we will continue to monitor its track should later models follow a more westward track toward the Mid-Atlantic. Otherwise, with this pattern we can expect slightly above normal temperatures through this period, with highs in the mid to upper 70s mountains and lower 80s Piedmont, and lows in the 50s to lower 60s. && .AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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As of 552 AM EDT Thursday... Radar trends showed diminishing coverage and intensity of showers across southwest Virgina, northwest North Carolina and southeast West Virginia this afternoon. Have trimmed back mention of showers in the area TAFs. Any showers are not expected to restrict the visibility. Widespread MVFR to IFR ceilings over the mountains west of the Blue Ridge this afternoon. High confidence of only minor, if any, improvement for the rest of the day. Showers will continue to dry up tonight. Medium confidence in the development of fog. Will depend on how much cloud cover remains in place. More cloud cover would result in less fog. Low clouds and fog will lift slowly after sunrise on Friday. Pattern is somewhat stagnant with overall southwest winds from the surface through mid levels. Surface high pressure builds in by Friday prolonging light and variable surface winds. Extended Aviation Discussion... Isolated showers possible Friday afternoon. Some MVFR showers are possible on Saturday with another short wave. The chance of precipitation remains low for Sunday and Monday. Expect diurnal isolated showers and thunderstorms across the terrain. Aside from valley fog in the early morning, conditions overall should be VFR. Tuesday may feature some isolated MVFR showers in the mountains.
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&& .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...None. NC...None. WV...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...KK NEAR TERM...AMS/KK SHORT TERM...RAB LONG TERM...RAB/SK AVIATION...AMS/KK is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.