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558 FXUS61 KRNK 242046 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 346 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure was over the upper Midwest with a cold front trailing into eastern Texas. By Saturday afternoon this low will be tracking to the northeast into Canada with front extending south across the Appalachians and into the Gulf of Mexico. High pressure returns to the area on Sunday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 320 PM EST Friday... High pressure and upper level ridge along with abundant sunshine pushed the temperatures into the 70`s across most of the area today. Warmer than normal temperatures will continue into tonight as southerly flow is maintain ahead of an approaching cold front. Overnight lows will generally be in the 50s with mid to upper 40s along ridgetops. Showers associated with the cold front will enter southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia around sunrise tomorrow, then move to the Blue Ridge by 10 AM. Some gusty winds and a rumble of thunder may accompany these showers. These showers will move over the foothills and piedmont counties during the early afternoon. Increase instabilities from daytime heating may allow some of these showers over the piedmont to intensify during the afternoon. The main threat from these storms will be straight-line winds. Latest models are showing the line of showers redeveloping and intensifying east of route 15 (Farmville Road). If this is the case, the wind threat for the piedmont will be greatly reduced. The best threat and higher confidence area for strong storms Saturday afternoon and evening will be north of I64 and moreso north of the Mason-Dixon line. Rainfall amounts from showers Saturday will generally be up to a quarter of an inch (0.25). The upper level trough of this system will track across the Ohio Valley Saturday. This trough will bring a round of light precipitation to the mountains during the late afternoon and overnight hours to western slopes of southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. These showers will start out as rain, then transition over to snow as colder air filters in behind the Theta-E boundary late in the day. Trajectories from the Great Lakes are brief and along with the warm ground, only light accumulations of snow are possible at elevations above 3000 feet into the evening. With the slow arrival of cold air, Saturday`s temperatures will warm above normal with readings ranging from the mid to upper 50s west to the 60s east of the Blue Ridge. Southside Virginia may peak in the lower 70s Saturday afternoon. && .SHORT TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/... As of 330 PM EST Friday... Shot of cold air will cross the forecast area Saturday night into Sunday with temperatures tumbling back to near seasonal norms with highs in the 40s/50s and lows in the 20s/30s. Blustery northwest winds Saturday night will gradually diminish Sunday. Model soundings indicate some very shallow moisture across the Mountains west of the Blue Ridge Saturday night, so can`t rule out a few flurries, but the overall trend will be for drying and clearing with Sunday turning out to be Mostly Sunny. Zonal flow will develop across the CONUS by Monday, cold shot of air over our forecast area short lived, and replaced with warm air advection from the southwest. Southwest winds will also bring a return of increasing moisture and threat for showers. Short wave trough within the southern stream will bring increasing cloudiness on Monday, with potential for scattered rain showers Monday night. With moderating temperatures, not expecting any p-type issues...temperatures warming back above freezing and above normal. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 345 PM EST Friday... Zonal flow will promote warming temperatures for mid week with main focus for precip centered around noisy southern stream short wave energy which models are having difficulty timing. Through Wednesday, the region is expected to remain in a deep southwest flow in advance of a developing trough across the Central Plains states. The GFS continues to be more progressive in depicting pieces of energy streaming across the area, each with the potential for additional rounds of precipitation, especially on Wednesday. CAPE is also forecast to peak on Wednesday, and with trough generally forecast to come through during the day this suggest potential for thunderstorms. Since models have not quite nailed down the timing will list the threat as slight chance attm. Temperatures will also peak Wednesday followed by lowering numbers for Thursday behind the trough, dry weather and near seasonal temperatures returning Thursday night into Friday. && .AVIATION /21Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 1225 PM EST Friday... Bufkit soundings still showed scattered VFR stratocumulus this afternoon. Cloud cover will continue to increase after midnight as high clouds from showers and thunderstorms in the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys spread east. Medium to low confidence how fast ceilings may lower to MVFR in the mountains overnight. Front and associated precipitation will not arrive into the mountains until after 09Z/4AM...east of the Blue Ridge after 14Z/9AM. Extended Aviation Discussion... Showers and isolated thunderstorms will cross the Mid Atlantic region on Saturday and will be east of KLYH and KDAN by 00Z/7PM. Drier weather and increasing northwest winds follow behind the front on Saturday night through Sunday morning. High pressure will cover the region behind the front for late Sunday into Monday with lighter winds. A warm front is expected to stay near us Monday night into Tuesday keeping a threat of showers around with sub-VFR possible. && .CLIMATE... As of 345 AM EST Friday... February 24 Record Highs: Bluefield 71 (1961) Danville 79 (2012) Lynchburg 79 (2012) Roanoke 80 (1985) Blacksburg 73 (1975) && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...None. NC...None. WV...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...RCS NEAR TERM...RCS SHORT TERM...PM LONG TERM...PM AVIATION...AMS/RCS CLIMATE...WP

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