Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 212338 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 638 PM EST Tue Nov 21 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front will approach and cross the region tonight, all while an area of low pressure heads north along the east coast of the United States. High pressure builds back into the area by Thanksgiving Day. Another cold front will cross the area this weekend. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 245 PM EST Tuesday... A broad upper trough was positioned from Hudson Bay southwest into the lower Mississippi Valley. An associated cold front was extended from the thumb of Michigan southwest into central Missouri. An area of low pressure was developing near the GA/FL coast and was heading north along the U.S. east coast. Surface high pressure was oriented over our region. As we progress into and through the overnight hours, the southeast U.S. low will continue its progression north along the coast. Light rain on the western edge of this system is expected to skirt the eastern section of the forecast area starting this evening. The cold front to our west will approach this evening, and is expected to cross the area late tonight into early Sunday. Precipitation in the east will gradually shift eastward with the approach of the front. Precipitation associated with the cold front will be limited to scattered rain/snow showers across mainly southeast West Virginia, south into the Northern Mountains of North Carolina. During the day Sunday, dry conditions are forecast for most of the region. The isolated/scattered rain/snow showers across southeast West Virginia will gradually dissipate through the morning hours, with dry conditions expected during the afternoon. Winds will turn gusty behind the front with gusts of 25 to 35 mph common at the higher ridge tops, and 15 to 25 mph gusts common in the mountain valleys and the Piedmont region. Low temperatures tonight will range from the mid to upper 30s across the mountains to readings around 40 to the lower 40s across the Piedmont. High temperatures on Wednesday will range from the mid 40s to around 50 across the mountains to the upper 50s to lower 60s across the Piedmont. && .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... As of 200 PM EST Tuesday... An overall quiet holiday period in store with the area basically under weak high pressure within an upper split flow regime through the end of the week. With high pressure overhead under clear skies expect a cold Wednesday night with lows mostly in the 20s, including perhaps a few upper teens deeper valleys. This should lead into a cool Thanksgiving under passing mid/high clouds as another weak northern stream shortwave trough boots across from the northwest. This along with the lingering 850 mb cool pool should interact with only light mixing to result in chilly highs in the 40s, to possibly a few warmer 50s east per weak downsloping and pending the degree of insolation given proximity of the wave off the southeast coast. Trough lifts out Thursday night into Friday with more zonal flow developing allowing surface high pressure to slide offshore. However guidance usually too fast to exit ridging in this setup at night which should result in another rather cold overnight under mainly clear skies as a weak extension of the parent ridge remains overhead. Thus went with lows on the cold end of Mos, mainly 20s, although may rise late along the ridges as warm advection starts to increase. Quick warmup then looks to ensue on Friday in response to increasing southwest flow behind the departing ridge and ahead of the next upstream 500 mb trough. Latest thickness values under sunshine support highs mostly in the 50s with values possibly reaching 60 southeast. Weak leftover subsidence region between the approaching upstream cold front and low pressure off the Carolinas will continue to get squeezed out Friday night despite lack of any phasing aloft. This should allow for some increase in clouds, espcly southern and northwest sections but still dry. However continued mixing/warm advection should at least act to keep lows a bit milder with most seeing overall 30s with only the deeper valleys below freezing early on. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 130 PM EST Tuesday... Fast split upper flow will again show more amplification to start the period with the translation of another deep 5h trough across the region next weekend. This should swing the next rather strong cold front across the area Saturday night and offshore on Sunday. Boundary again lacking moisture given low pressure off the Carolinas so mainly looking at perhaps a band of rain showers west late Saturday and increasing clouds elsewhere. This then to be followed by a few snow showers/flurries northwest mountains overnight into early Sunday as much colder air arrives. Flow should quickly flatten into early next week allowing for dry/sunny weather under moderating temperatures as surface high pressure slides overhead Monday and offshore into Tuesday. Mild high temps ahead of front with some 60s possible Saturday to dive back into the 30s/40s Sunday before slowly recovering to more seasonal levels by day7. && .AVIATION /00Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 638 PM EST Tuesday... VFR conditions will continue this evening into tonight. SCT to BKN MVFR clouds should gradually work there way into more of the region, and some patch light rain is possible with MVFR ceilings especially across southern and eastern portions of the forecast area. Overnight, a cold front will approach and sweep across the area. Concurrently, an area of low pressure will head north along the U.S. east coast with the western edge of its associated precipitation skirting the eastern sections of the forecast area. MVFR/IFR ceilings will become more common as the night progresses. Rapid improvement to VFR is expected east of the crest of the Blue Ridge by Wednesday morning behind the front. Sub-VFR ceilings will continue through at least mid-day along and near a KBLF-KLWB line given the influence of lingering low level moisture and a northwest flow regime. VFR conditions should return Wednesday afternoon in the west. Medium to high confidence in ceilings, visibilities and winds during the taf period. Extended Discussion... High pressure will provide for primarily VFR conditions Wednesday evening through Friday. A cold front will cross the area over the weekend. While primarily VFR conditions are still expected, some brief sub-VFR conditions are expected in the vicinity of the front. Dry weather return Sunday night into Monday. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...None. NC...None. WV...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...DS NEAR TERM...DS SHORT TERM...JH LONG TERM...JH AVIATION...DS/KK is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.