Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA

Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

FXUS61 KRNK 240104

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
904 PM EDT MON MAY 23 2016

Low pressure off the Mid Atlantic coast will drift northeast and
away from the region overnight, followed by high pressure
building in from the west into Tuesday. As the high pressure
center settles over the Southeast states, west to southwest winds
on the backside of the system will bring above normal temperatures
to the region by midweek.

As of 845 PM EDT Monday...

Upper low just east of the Delmarva remains very slow to exit with
added spokes of energy resulting in widely scattered convection
that continues to fade with loss of heating. Expect this trend to
prevail over the next few hours with any residual showers
dissipating well before midnight as latest analysis shows only
faint instability remaining. Once the showers end, main question
with the coverage of lingering mid deck on the back of the upper
low as most guidance shows slow clearing overnight as weak high
pressure starts to edge eastward. Appears best shot at seeing
skies completely clear will be over the west where light winds
should lead to more widespread fog late espcly where showers have
occurred over the last couple of days. Think clouds may linger
longer east of the Blue Ridge but even there looks like enough
clearing for patchy fog by daybreak. Otherwise pops ending this
evening with decreasing clouds overnight. Temps to remain on the
cool side for at least one more night with lows 40s to lower 50s

Previous discussion as of 320 PM EDT Monday...

Low pressure off the Virginia coast this afternoon will lift
northeast tonight and be off the New England coast Tuesday.
The combination of solar heating and cool air aloft associated with
the upper low will result in scattered showers and thunderstorms
this afternoon into tonight.  SPC mesoscale analysis at 18z showed
Surface based CAPES around 500 j/kg especially across northern
portions of the forecast area. The most unstable air this afternoon
was also located across northeast corner of area as seen in the LIs.
The latest KFCX images indicated scattered showers across northern
portions of the forecast area moving southward. Some of the
strongest storms this afternoon into tonight will have the potential
to produce some very small hail considering the relatively low wet
bulb zero levels, and possibly some locally gusty winds and heavy
downpours. Training of storms could result in local water problems.
However, there is not enough lift and shear to create severe

Used a blend of RNK WRF ARW, Hiresw-arw-arw and HRRR to create pops
for this afternoon into tonight. The higher resolution models imply
that the a best location for stronger storms will be along/near a
corridor from the Alleghany Highlands southwest through the New
River Valley.  Expect to see a rapid dissipation of any lingering
convection this evening with loss of daytime heating and as upper
low pressure finally moves away from the area. Arrival of surface
ridge and clearing skies under weak subsidence may set the stage for
the development of some patchy late night fog, most notably in the
deeper mountain valleys, and perhaps some of the more sheltered low
lying areas of the Piedmont. Low temperatures will range from
the mid 40s in the mountains to the lower 50s in the piedmont.

The closed upper low pulls away from the region on Tuesday. An
isolated shower may be possible across northern portions of the
county warning area. Morning low clouds and fog should lift by mid
morning allowing sunshine to return. High temperatures Tuesday will
vary from the upper 60s in the mountains to the lower 80s in the


As of 320 PM EDT Monday...

Dry weather continues on Tuesday night with patchy fog possible in
the mountain valleys. Low temperatures Tuesday night will be mild
than tonight with readings from the upper 40s in the mountains to
the upper 50s in the Piedmont. Afterward, we will be
transitioning to a summerlike pattern with broad ridging aloft and
a Bermuda high off the Southeast coast. High temperatures on
Wednesday will climb into the lower 70s in the mountains to the
mid 80s in the Piedmont. Maximum temperatures on Thursday will
moderate to the mid 70s in the mountains to the upper 80s in the

Humidity will also be on the rise so conditions will start to feel a
bit uncomfortable and may require running the air conditioner or
fan. The heat and humidity will also create diurnal instability
and give us a chance for mainly afternoon showers and
thunderstorms through the middle of the week with the best chances
from the Blue Ridge westward. By Thursday night, low temperatures
across the region will generally be in the 60s.


As of 325 PM EDT Monday...

Summerlike weather with mid to late June temperatures and scattered
diurnal afternoon and evening convection continues into the holiday
weekend as an upper ridge builds over the Southeast U.S.. The
combination of topography, instability and moisture each day across
the Appalachians will generate scattered showers and thunderstorms,
with a lesser threat in the Piedmont.

Highs Friday through MOnday will range from the upper 70s to lower
80s in the mountains to mid to upper 80s in the piedmont. Lows will
generally run from the upper 50s to lower 60s mountains to mid 60s


As of 640 PM EDT Monday...

Additional widely scattered clusters of convection will continue to
drift southwest across the area until shortly past sunset when
should finally should coverage fade with loss of heating. This
will result in only brief MVFR cigs/vsbys with the majority seeing
VFR into this evening. Thus will continue to cover with a VCSH
mention most spots until a shower or storm looks to directly
impact a specific airport when will amend for lower conditions.

Most of the threat for storms will end before midnight given loss
of daytime heating and the exiting upper low/cold pool offshore.

Dense valley fog is possible overnight under slow clearing. In
the west, and a bit more removed from upper low, partial clearing
over a moist ground combining with light winds support the
development of patchy fog in the SW VA and SE WV mountain valleys.
This supports including a period of IFR/LIFR at KLWB/KBCB before
daybreak and at locations such as KLYH that saw earlier rainfall.
Patchy fog also possible around KROA but wont include for now.
Also weak upslope flow may result in stratus/fog at KBLF with sub-
VFR possible there per latest guidance but lower confidence at
this point.

Overall expecting improving aviation weather after the upper low
lifts out by Tuesday and high pressure builds in. Light and
variable winds tonight will become west around 10 mph Tuesday
afternoon under scattered to broken VFR cloud canopy.

Medium confidence in ceilings, visibilities and winds during the
taf period.

Extended discussion...

We will be going to a more summer like pattern mid to late week
with high pressure offshore providing south to southwest flow.
Thus, mainly VFR weather expected.

However, the potential exists for late night/early morning fog at
times around KLWB/KBCB and in some of the deeper mountain valleys.
Also some convection could pop up each afternoon in the mountains
Thursday into Saturday, making for localized afternoon/evening
MVFR restrictions.




AVIATION...JH/KK/WERT is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.