Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 271925 AFDRNK AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA 325 PM EDT WED APR 27 2016 .SYNOPSIS...
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A SLOW MOVING FRONT EXTENDED FROM THE VIRGINIAS TO KENTUCKY THIS AFTERNOON AND WILL SLOWLY DRIFT SOUTH TONIGHT AND THURSDAY. WITH THIS FRONT REMAINING OVER THE REGION THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL OCCUR THROUGH THIS PERIOD. ON FRIDAY...A COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP THROUGH THE REGION BRINGING DRIER WEATHER INTO SATURDAY BEFORE WIDESPREAD SHOWERS RETURN SATURDAY NIGHT...SUNDAY INTO EARLY MONDAY.
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&& .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING/... AS OF 245 PM EDT WEDNESDAY.. AS EXPECTED...SHOWERS AND ISOLATED STORMS HAVE FORMED SOUTH OF A FRONTAL BOUNDARY WHERE MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES ALLOWED MLCAPES TO REACH ABOVE 500 J/KG ALONG AND EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE. DCAPES FROM 500-700 J/KG MAY YIELD A FEW STRONG DOWNDRAFTS WITH SOME OF THE STORMS IN THE VA SOUTHSIDE AND NC PIEDMONT. PRECIPITATION WILL GRADUALLY WANE AFTER SUNDOWN...BUT WITH A LOW LEVEL THETA-E RIDGE REMAINING IN PLACE...A FEW SHOWERS WILL LINGER INTO THE NIGHTTIME HOURS. THE MEDIUM RANGE AND SEVERAL MESOSCALE MODELS BRING ANOTHER AROUND OF PRECIPITATION TO THE WEST TOWARD DAWN THURSDAY AS ANOTHER WAVE MOVES THROUGH THE REGION. WITH THE SFC BOUNDARY SLOWLY DRIFTING SOUTH...THERE MAY BE WIDE RANGE OF TEMPS TONIGHT...WITH CONFIDENCE HIGHEST THAT LOCATIONS TO THE EAST...LIKE LYH...WILL FALL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A BUILDING WEDGE AND EAST/NORTHEAST LOW LEVEL FLOW. TO THE SOUTH OF THIS BOUNDARY...WENT A COUPLE OF DEGREES ABOVE GUIDANCE WITH CLOUDS AND DEWPOINTS 60F OR HIGHER. SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL AGAIN OCCUR ON THURSDAY...WITH THE BEST CHANCE FOR STORMS OUTSIDE OF THE WEDGE IN THE WEST AND SOUTH. STORMS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE BETTER ORGANIZED TOMORROW AS 0-6KM BULK SHEAR INCREASES. WILL CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT THIS SMALL THREAT IN THE HWO. TRIED TO CONVEY A BROADER RANGE IN TEMPS FOR THURSDAY...GOING COOLER THAN GUIDANCE IN THE EAST (LYH) AND WARMER THAN GUIDANCE IN THE SOUTH AND WEST. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 236 PM EDT WEDNESDAY... A DISTURBANCE WILL TRACK ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES-OHIO VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT...FINALLY KICKING THE QUASI-STATIONARY BOUNDARY OUT OF THE REGION. MOST MODELS ARE SHOWING THIS STRONG WAVE CROSSING THE OHIO VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING...KEEPING THE BULK OF THE HEAVY PRECIPITATION NORTH INTO OHIO-PENNSYLVANIA. A SECOND WEAKER WAVE DEVELOPS ACROSS THE CAROLINAS THURSDAY NIGHT AND WILL BECOME THE DOMINATE LOW FRIDAY AFTERNOON/NIGHT. THIS SECOND LOW WILL KEEP HEAVY CONVECTION ALONG THE COAST THEN OUT TO SEA FRIDAY NIGHT. FOR THE IMMEDIATE AREA...LINGERING LIGHT RAIN AND LOW CLOUDS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...THEN SKIES WILL BECOME PARTLY CLOUDY DURING THE AFTERNOON AS ENERGY AND MOISTURE IS PUSHED OUT TO SEA. WEAK HIGH PRESSURE WILL WEDGE SOUTH FROM THE MID ATLANTIC DOWN INTO THE CAROLINAS FRIDAY NIGHT INTO THE WEEKEND. OVERRUNNING MOISTURE AND INCREASING ISENTROPIC LIFT WILL BRING ANOTHER GOOD CHANCE FOR RAIN AND LOW CLOUDS INTO THE REGION ON SATURDAY. AS MOISTURE EXITS EAST...TEMPERATURES FRIDAY AFTERNOON WILL REBOUND BACK INTO THE 70S WITH LOWER 80S ACROSS SOUTHSIDE. THESE TEMPERATURES ARE 5F-8F WARMER THAN NORMAL. TEMPERATURES ARE NOT EXPECTED TO WARM TO SEASONAL LEVELS SATURDAY WITH RAIN FALLING INTO A WEDGE OF COOL AIR OVER THE AREA. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... WEAK HIGH PRESSURE WILL WEDGE SOUTH ACROSS THE MID ATLANTIC REGION AND INTO THE CAROLINAS ON SATURDAY AND WILL LIKELY STAY IN THE AREA INTO MONDAY MORNING. A DISTURBANCE MOVING FROM THE MID WEST INTO THE SOUTHERN OHIO VALLEY WILL PUSH A WARM FRONT OVER THIS WEDGE OF COOL AIR. WARM MOIST AIR AND ISENTROPIC LIFT WILL KEEP A HIGH CHANCE FOR RAIN AND LOW CLOUDS IN THE REGION THROUGH AT LEAST MONDAY MORNING. A STRONG NORTHERN STREAM TROUGH IS FORECASTED TO KICK THIS WEDGE AND RAIN EAST AND OFF SHORE MONDAY AFTERNOON. THIS TROUGH MAY HANG OVER THE REGION INTO TUESDAY...HOWEVER ONLY FAIR WEATHER CUMULUS CLOUDS ARE EXPECTED. HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS IN TUESDAY NIGHT AND MAY KEEP THE AREA DRY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SOME MODELS ARE BRINGING A DISTURBANCE ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN US WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY...WHICH WILL KEEP OUR DRY SPELL BRIEF. THE WEDGE OF COOL AIR AND RAIN WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL SUNDAY. MOST AREAS WILL ONLY WARM INTO THE 60S. IF THE WEDGE EXITS ON TIME...MONDAY TEMPERATURES COULD REBOUND BACK TO SEASONAL LEVELS WITH NEAR 70F WEST AND MID 70S EAST. NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE REMINDER OF THE PERIOD. WEDNESDAY`S TEMPERATURES MAY TREND COOLER BASED ON THE DISTURBANCE TRACKING ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN US. && .AVIATION /20Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... AS OF 115 PM EDT WEDNESDAY... UNSETTLED WEATHER IS FORECAST THROUGH THURSDAY AS PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP ALONG AND SOUTH OF A NEARLY STATIONARY FRONT THAT EXTENDED FROM THE VIRGINIAS TO KENTUCKY. THE GREATEST CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. THE SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL BE SCATTERED IN NATURE...SO INCLUDED VCTS AT ALL TAF SITES THROUGH EARLY EVENING. CONFIDENCE IS GROWING THAT MVFR AND PERHAPS EVEN IFR CIGS WILL ARRIVE LATE TONIGHT TO KLYH AND PERHAPS TO ALL OTHER TAF SITES EXCEPT KBLF AS THIS SLOW MOVING FRONT DIPS SOUTH BRINGING A LOW LEVEL EASTERLY FLOW. ONCE THE LOW CLOUDS ARRIVE...THEY WILL BE SLOW TO ERODE THURSDAY...ESPECIALLY IN THE EAST AT KLYH. SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL RETURN THURSDAY...AND PERHAPS ARRIVE IN THE MORNING IN THE WEST WITH AN UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM. EXTENDED AVIATION DISCUSSION... THE FRONT WILL REMAIN STALLED NEAR OUR AREA ON THURSDAY. A STRONGER COLD FRONT ENTERS FROM THE WEST EARLY FRIDAY BRINGING DRIER AIR AND VFR CONDITIONS INTO SATURDAY. BEFORE THE FRONT ARRIVES FRIDAY...SCATTERED SHOWERS WITH A FEW AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS APPEAR LIKELY. MORE WIDSPREAD SHOWERS WITH MVFR AND LOCALLY IFR CONDITIONS RETURN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND PERSIST INTO MONDAY. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...NONE. NC...NONE. WV...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...AMS NEAR TERM...PH SHORT TERM...RCS LONG TERM...RCS AVIATION...AMS/PH

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