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323 FXUS61 KRNK 271954 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 354 PM EDT Wed Jul 27 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A wavy front will be nearly stationary from the Mid Atlantic region to the mid Mississippi Valley through the end of the week. Weak impulses tracking along the front will combine with deep moisture to produce periodic rounds of showers and thunderstorms. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 220 PM EDT Wednesday... Expect convection that is developing from the Shenandoah Valley southwest to the mountains of Southwest Virginia into NW NC to continue through this evening generally moving in an east or southeast direction at 15 to 20 mph. Still a marginal risk for damaging winds as high pwats will lead to water loading. MLCAPEs running 2000-3000 J/KG though effective shear is a little lower than yesterday across the northern county warning area, mainly 25 kts. Plenty of lightning and heavy rain as well, so will have to watch for localized flooding if backbuilding or training cells occurs. As we head through overnight the models show weakening convection as weak upper support moves east. As we head to Thursday, models continue to advertise decent shortwave moving from the TN Valley into the eastern Ohio Valley. Better upper support with backing winds suggests that higher threat of showers and storms occurs over the mountains, though further east is limited some. Any cloud cover tonight into Thursday from blow off of upstream convection may inhibit stronger storms in the west, but should be more sunshine in the east. The Storm Prediction Center Day 2 has a slight risk of severe storms in our piedmont counties Thursday and marginal elsewhere. Looking for highs to ranging from the lower to mid 80s west to lower to mid 90s east. && .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... As of 330 PM EDT Wednesday... Overall synoptic pattern shows upper ridge across the western states with broad trough developing across the MS/OH valley as fairly strong short-wave helps to amplify the trough. This will spin up a weak surface low...currently forecast by the consensus of models to pass just to our northwest Thursday night and Friday with an axis of very high PWATS and the potential for significant rainfall mainly to our north and west. QPF ranges from less than 0.25 inches far southeast CWA up to possibly 1.50 inches far northwest. Recently issued WPC Day 2 (12z Thu-12z Fri) Excessive Rainfall outlook show an area of slight chance for excessive rainfall mainly north and west as well. Cannot rule out some hydro issues in our northern counties with this much rainfall but better likelihood north of the CWA where some Flood Watches have been or are likely to be issued. At this point no Flood Watches for our area but will have to monitor closely for any southward shifts in the expected area of heaviest rainfall. Partial clearing Friday into the weekend with little significant change in the overall pattern. Maintaining diurnal thunderstorm chances in the still moist and unstable air mass. Temperatures near to slightly above seasonal normals. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 330 PM EDT Wednesday... The generalized pattern over the CONUS will be slow to change in the extended period as upper ridge builds over the western states an broad troughing takes hold across the eastern U.S. Expect several shortwaves will crest the western ridge and help to amplify the eastern trough early in the period. Meanwhile a surface frontal boundary will persist in the vicinity of the mid-Atlantic through the period oscillating somewhat north and south in response to short- wave activity and modified by rounds of mainly afternoon/evening convection. The air mass will remain warm and humid through the period with daily highs near to slightly above normal and lows above normal due to the high humidity and considerable cloudiness at times. By Wednesday indications are that H5 heights will begin to rise again with somewhat drier and hotter conditions for mid-week period. && .AVIATION /20Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 120 PM EDT Wednesday... Convection will again be problematic as we head through the afternoon. Radar at issuance time shows a cluster of storms heading toward BLF therefore put a tempo group for moderate thunder here from 18-19z. Otherwise will keep VCTS in for the afternoon and amend as necessary when storms near terminals. Storms will end/weaken this evening with fog developing overnight. Similar to this morning, fog will be dense at LWB and possibly BCB/BLF, with MVFR possible at the other sites. Another cluster of storms should form in the mountains around or after 18z Thursday so nothing added to the terminals before 18z. Extended aviation discussion... The upper ridge will remain just south of the area and a residual front nearby through Monday. This should allow for periodic daily convective coverage. Appears more widespread sub-VFR possible with thunderstorms later Thursday with a stronger wave along the front with perhaps some decrease in coverage by the weekend as this feature passes. At least diurnal MVFR/IFR possible each afternoon/evening through Monday for now. Late night and early morning fog will likely occur at the usual valley locations, and those chances increase across the entire region if any rain occurs during the afternoon or evening at any site. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...None. NC...None. WV...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...AMS NEAR TERM...AMS/WP SHORT TERM...PC LONG TERM...PC AVIATION...WP is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.