Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 010816 AFDRNK AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA 416 AM EDT WED OCT 1 2014 .SYNOPSIS...
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BACK DOOR FRONT SINKS SOUTH INTO THE CAROLINAS BY TONIGHT BEFORE ERODING. HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH WILL AGAIN WEDGE SOUTH ALONG THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE APPALACHIANS THURSDAY. A STRONG COLD FRONT ARRIVES LATER FRIDAY FOLLOWED BY MUCH COOLER AIR FOR THE WEEKEND.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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AS OF 330 AM EDT WEDNESDAY... KEEPING A STRATUS DECK OVER THE PIEDMONT/FOOTHILLS OF VA INTO PORTIONS OF NC EARLY THIS MORNING ALONG WITH FOG...LOCALLY DENSE ESPECIALLY IN THE VALLEYS AND ON THE EDGE OF THE STRATUS. THE MODELS ARE IN AGREEMENT IN THE BACK DOOR FRONT WITH ISOLATED TO SCATTERED SHOWERS AFFECTING THE NRN TIER OF THE CWA THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...AS A COUPLE OF VORT SPOKES MOVE ACROSS. THE ISSUE THIS MORNING WILL BE THE CLOUD COVER. THE 00Z NAM/CMC AVERAGED OUT SEEMS TO BE A BETTER SOLUTION ON SKY COVER AND THINK THE NRN AND ERN CWA WILL SEE BKN TO OVC SKIES EARLY THEN SOME SUNSHINE TOWARD LATER IN THE DAY WHILE THE SW CWA STAYS MAINLY SUNNY. SOME LOW LVL CONVERGENCE MAY ALLOW MORE CU TO FORM OVER THE SRN BLUE RIDGE IN THE AFTERNOON AS WELL...SO HAVE A FEW MORE CLOUDS IN THE NC FOOTHILLS. HIGHS WILL BE WARM WITH MID TO UPPER 70S MOST LOCATIONS...TO LOWER 80S OVER THE NC FOOTHILLS/PIEDMONT. TONIGHT...THE FRONT DISSIPATES LEAVING BEHIND HIGH PRESSURE AND SEMBLANCE OF ANOTHER WEDGE. NAM/CMC AGAIN FOCUSING MORE CLOUDS IN THE ERN CWA OVERNIGHT. FORECAST SOUNDINGS ARE NOT AS AGGRESSIVE WITH DZ BUT WILL KEEP SOME TOWARD MORNING IN THE EAST ALONG WITH FOG. LOWS TONIGHT WITH NOT MUCH CHANGE IN AIRMASS WILL RANGE FROM THE UPPER 40S ACROSS THE VALLEYS IN THE WEST WITH LOWER TO MID 50S ELSEWHERE.
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&& .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
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AS OF 240 AM EDT WEDNESDAY... SURFACE RIDGE WILL BE WEDGED SOUTH ALONG THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE BLUE RIDGE EARLY THURSDAY LIKELY RESULTING IN AREAS OF LOW CLOUDS ALONG WITH SOME SPOTTY DRIZZLE AND FOG. HOWEVER GUIDANCE AGAIN LESS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT DRIZZLE GIVEN VERY SHALLOW NATURE TO THE MOISTURE AND EARLY MORNING TIMING OF BRINGING IN THE LOW DECK. THUS TRIMMED BACK DRIZZLE/FOG COVERAGE TO MAINLY THE BLUE RIDGE IN VIRGINIA AND POINTS EAST EARLY ON. INCREASING SHORTWAVE RIDGING ALOFT SHOULD ACT TO BUMP THE SURFACE RIDGE FARTHER EAST DURING THURSDAY AFTERNOON ALLOWING MIXING TO SCOUR OUT MOST OF THE WEDGE AS WARMING ALOFT KICKS IN. THIS SHOULD ALSO PUSH HIGHS INTO THE 75-80 RANGE WEST AND LOW/MID 80S EAST EXCEPT COOLER NE PENDING CLOUDS. RIDGING BOTH SURFACE AND ALOFT WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THURSDAY NIGHT AHEAD OF THE STRONG UPSTREAM 5H TROF AND ITS ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT THAT SHOULD REMAIN WELL TO THE WEST THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY. COULD SEE SOME ISOLATED PRE-FRONTAL -SHRA WORK INTO THE FAR SW LATE THURSDAY NIGHT WITH POTENTIAL FOR THE LOW LEVEL WEDGE TO REDEVELOP OUT EAST WHERE SOME SPOTTY DRIZZLE EVEN POSSIBLE LATE. OTRW ANY LIFT PER RIDGING LOOKS TOO WEAK TO PRODUCE MUCH SO RUNNING BASICALLY DRY WITH LOWS 50S TO LOWER 60S. STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE WEST FRIDAY BUT LOOKS TO SLOW UPON ENCOUNTERING THE EASTERN RIDGE WHILE THE BEST DYNAMICS PASS WELL OFF TO THE NORTH. LATEST ECMWF REMAINS THE SLOWEST GIVEN A BIT MORE NEGATIVE TILT AS MOST OTHER SOLUTIONS BRING THE BOUNDARY INTO THE WEST LATE FRIDAY BUT DONT CLEAR THE PIEDMONT UNTIL LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. THIS SUGGESTS A NEED TO SLOW ONSET OF HIGHER POPS DOWN A FEW HOURS WITH THE HIGHER LIKELY/CAT POPS OVER THE MOUNTAINS DURING THE AFTERNOON...THEN SLOWLY WORKING/DEVELOPING EAST UPON GETTING BOOTED ALONG BY THE APPROACH OF THE MIDWEST 5H COLD POOL/SPEED MAX. HOWEVER APPEARS SHOWERS MAY LINGER OUT EAST WELL INTO THE OVERNIGHT WITH POPS FINALLY TAPERING OFF IN THE PIEDMONT TOWARD DAYBREAK WHILE REDEVELOPING WESTERN RIDGES PER INCREASING POST FRONTAL UPSLOPE. OVERALL LOW TOPPED SEVERE THREAT LOOKS MARGINAL ALTHOUGH A SLOWER SOLUTION COULD ACT TO ENHANCE WESTERN INSTABILITY FRIDAY AFTERNOON PER BETTER NAM CAPE VALUES. HOWEVER WIND FIELDS ALOFT AND LAPSES APPEAR WEAKER OVER THE WEST AND STRONGER EAST WHERE LIKELY OFFSET VIA SOMEWHAT OF A RESIDUAL WEDGE UNTIL LATE. THEREFORE KEPT SOME THUNDER MENTION MOST SPOTS AND MORE IN LINE WITH THE STRONGER GFS SOLUTION. SLOWER TIMING SHOULD MEAN A BOUNCE IN HIGH TEMPS ESPCLY EAST FRIDAY WHERE AROUND 80 POSSIBLE WITH MOST OTHER SPOTS IN THE 70S GIVEN A FEW MORE HOURS OF INSOLATION FOR NOW.
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&& .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... AS OF 310 PM EDT TUESDAY... A COLD FRONT WILL BE ALONG THE EAST COAST SATURDAY MORNING WITH DRIER COOLER AIR MOVING IN ON WEST-NORTHWEST FLOW. HIGH PRESSURE ALONG THE GULF AND LOW PRESSURE OVER NEW ENGLAND WILL PLACE A PRESSURE GRADIENT OVER THE AREA SATURDAY. BREEZY AND GUSTY CONDITIONS THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...THEN HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS NORTH INTO THE REGION. HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK EAST ALONG THE GULF OVER THE WEEKEND...SHUTTING DOWN ANY MOISTURE RETURNING INTO THE REGION. MODELS ARE MOVING A MID LEVEL DISTURBANCE ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. AS THIS DISTURBANCE APPROACHES THE AREA...IT WILL BE HARD-PRESSED TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD SHOWERS DUE TO A LACK OF MOISTURE RECOVERY. TEMPERATURES WILL RUN 5F-10F COOLER THAN NORMAL OVER THE WEEKEND. TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO MODERATE TOWARDS NORMAL MONDAY AND TUESDAY. && .AVIATION /08Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... AS OF 138 AM EDT WEDNESDAY... TRICKY AVIATION FORECAST...AS GETTING LOW CLOUDS AND FOG STRETCHING FROM ROANOKE EAST TO LYH/DAN PER WEDGE. MODELS NOT HANDLING THIS THAT GOOD...BUT PERSISTENCE GIVEN NIGHTTIME FAVORS NO CHANGE IN THE OVERALL IFR OR LOWER CIGS/VSBYS. ROANOKE WILL BE ON THE WESTERN FRINGE OF THIS SO AT TIMES IT MAY SCATTER OUT...BUT CONFIDENCE IS TO KEEP THEM STUCK IN OVC SUB 1KFT CIGS. WILL HAVE DENSE FOG GOING AT DAN/LYH THOUGH AT TIMES THIS WILL BE AFFECTED BY SOME CLOUDINESS. OVER THE MOUNTAINS IN THE CLEAR TO PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES MAY SEE SOME FOG AT LWB/BCB WITH LOCALLY DENSE AT BCB...AS SOME CIGS AROUND 5-7KFT AROUND LWB SHOULD KEEP FOG LIMITED. FOR LATE THIS MORNING...LEANING TOWARD A SLOWER LIFTING OF THE STRATUS DECK FROM ROA EAST TO LYH/DAN WHILE THE WEST BECOMES VFR AROUND 13-14Z. WILL SEE VFR BKN CIGS RETURN TO THE PIEDMONT BY MIDDAY-EARLY AFTERNOON. A FEW SHOWERS WITH BACK DOOR FRONT MAY SKIRT CLOSE TO LYH BUT NOT ENOUGH TO WARRANT MENTION IN TAFS AT THIS POINT. EXTENDED AVIATION DISCUSSION... VFR CEILINGS AND VISIBILITIES CAN BE EXPECTED FOR THURSDAY... ALTHOUGH LOCALIZED PERIODS OF SUB-VFR ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR FOR THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY AIRPORTS KBCB/KLWB AGAIN THURSDAY MORNING. THE NEXT THREAT FOR SUB VFR CEILINGS AND VISIBILITIES WILL COME WITH A STRONGER FRONTAL PASSAGE ON FRIDAY. THIS FRONT WILL LIKELY BE ASSOCIATED WITH A LINE OF SHOWERS AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS...SWEEPING WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE REGION. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL BE GUSTY BEHIND THE FRONT FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY. SATURDAY SHOULD BE VFR ALTHOUGH SOME UPSLOPE MVFR CEILINGS ARE POSSIBLE AT KLWB AND ESPECIALLY KBLF. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...NONE. NC...NONE. WV...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...WP NEAR TERM...WP SHORT TERM...JH LONG TERM...RCS AVIATION...WP

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