Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 110945 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 445 AM EST Wed Jan 11 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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Low pressure will move from the Great Lakes to the northeast U.S. today, dragging a cold front through the region. This front will stall near the Virginia/North Carolina border tonight as high pressure aloft builds across the southeast U.S. This front will return north as a warm front tonight moving back into the northeast U.S. Another front will approach the region from the north by Thursday night, then stall across northern West Virginia into northern Virginia Friday.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 430 AM EST Wednesday... Going from what has been a true winter pattern into one more typical of summer as a 590dm upper ridge builds across the southeast U.S. and a series of fronts moves into or near the region and then stall, leaving a baroclinic zone in or near the area for most of the week. Hence, a cloudy, wet pattern. Temperatures will trend above normal fairly quickly after today as the region moves into the warm sector. Looking ahead, there is really no sign of any below freezing temperatures of significant now until the 24th of January! I guess you could cause this the January Thaw after the bitter cold and snow of this past weekend. Low pressure associated with a northern stream trough will move through the Great Lakes today fairly quickly and drag a cold front down into TN and NC. As the low moves into eastern Canada and an upper ridge builds across the southeast states, the front will stall just south of the NC/VA border, then return fairly quickly as a warm front tonight. Rain associated with the front this morning will drift south and especially southwest toward the TN/NC/VA borders, then return north during the afternoon/evening back across the northern parts of the CWA. The warm frontal associated rainfall will then drift north into northern VA/WV overnight. This will leave the CWA with likely to categorical pops at times today, trending toward pops decreasing toward slight chance tonight from south to north. After midnight with deep low-level moisture in place, areas of drizzle may develop from the Shenandoah Valley southwest into the New River Valley. Temperatures have risen above freezing throughout the CWA at this hour, so any threat of freezing precipitation has ended. Temperatures will continue to increase today as 850mb temps are already +5C or better and will to increase toward +10C as the week continues. However, snow pack currently across most of the CWA as a result of this last weekend`s snow storm will impact warming. Have continued to undercut MOS guidance by several degrees, especially Piedmont areas where the snowpack is deeper, until the snow pack is gone.
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&& .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
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AS OF 400 AM EST Wednesday... The region will be in the southern stream of a split flow regime by Thursday, with a large cutoff low over the southwest and some flat ridging over the southeast. This will keep us in a mild and moist pattern with cold air bottled up well to our north. With a weak baroclinic zone just off to our west there may be a few sprinkles west of the Blue Ridge but little in the way of significant precipitation elsewhere on Thursday. High pressure moving into the Great Lakes region will push the baroclinic zone closer to us Thursday night with increasing precipitation chances west of the Ridge. On Friday, the high will wedge strongly down the east side of the Appalachians and push the baroclinic zone through the region as a backdoor cold front with a good chance of showers across the entire region later Friday into Friday night. Temperatures in the wedge look to support the possibility of some freezing rain across the Alleghany Highlands and down the higher elevations of Blue Ridge for a bit late Friday night. The wedge looks to hold firm into Saturday morning when a wave of low pressure moves out of the Mississippi valley and brings another surge of showers to locations west of the Ridge. Temperatures will be well above normal through the end of the week with highs in the low to mid 60s east of the Blue Ridge and mid 50s to around 60 degrees west. However, the developing wedge will bring much cooler conditions back to the area with highs Saturday in the low to mid 40s with warmer readings along the western and southern periphery of the wedge.
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&& .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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.AS OF 400 AM EST Wednesday... Behind the wave of low pressure, the wedge will reestablish itself over the region through the first part of next week, then drift slowly to the east, eventually pushing a warm front through the area on Tuesday. The end result will be a persistent chance of showers accompanied by a gradual warming trend to above normal temperatures.
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&& .AVIATION /10Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 1140 PM EST Tuesday... Conditions will continue to slowly deteriorate with VFR to MVFR expected as a frontal boundary lowers ceilings and brings bands of rain especially to western locations overnight. Some of this coverage may briefly spill east of the mountains but should be locally brief with overall VFR expected. South winds 5-15 kts should predominate with gusts to 25 kts at BLF through overnight. Precipitation into early Wednesday may prove spotty at best and mainly south and west of the TAF sites Wednesday morning before deeper moisture returns north by afternoon. However as the southern end of frontal boundary washes out and warmer air aloft begins to overrun the residual surface cool pool expect ceilings to lower to IFR/LIFR by late in the day. South winds on Wednesday 4-8 kts eventually become light and variable by late Wednesday afternoon. Extended Aviation Discussion... Moisture returns back north Wednesday night ahead of a stronger frontal system and associated low pressure to the west. This likely to maintain areas of sub-VFR within lower cigs and patchy rain showers Wednesday evening into Wednesday night before seeing improvement back to VFR by Thursday ahead of the next front. This second frontal system will work its way into the region Friday into Saturday, maintaining the threat for additional sub- VFR in low cigs along with light rain and/or drizzle. Unsettled weather will continue into Sunday with some slow improvement in conditions as high pressure wedge in from the north but likely still MVFR cigs at best. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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VA...None. NC...None. WV...None.
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