Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA
FXUS61 KRNK 172311
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
711 PM EDT Wed Aug 17 2016
Dissipating cold front will erode over the Mid Atlantic region
tonight. A stronger front over the central United States on
Friday will cross through the region on Sunday night and Monday.
The air mass behind this front is expected to be less humid.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/...
As of 615 PM EDT Wednesday...
Severe thunderstorm watch 449 cancelled for Southeast WV and the
Alleghany Highlands into the Shenandoah Valley. Airmass worked
over and best instability has shifted north and east. Still some
thunderstorms expected in the west this evening and widely
scattered in the foothills and east once the first line shifts
east after 23z.
Previous afternoon discussion...
Two lifting mechanism have triggered thunderstorms over the
forecast area today. Daytime heating and an unstable air mass were
were the main forcing for the band of thunderstorms that
developed along the Blue Ridge and was moving into the foothills
and piedmont. Gusty winds are possible with any of the stronger
thunderstorms in the line as they move into an environment with
favorable downdraft CAPES of 800 to 1000 J/KG.
Short wave energy was energy crossing out of West Virginia and
forecast to track across northern Virginia. The associated
thunderstorms were moving into the southeast West Virginia
counties of the forecast area as of 4PM. Some of the High
resolution guidance had this cluster of storms moving east out of
the forecast area around 00Z. Another short wave will cross the
area tonight which will prolong the higher probability of
precipitation through the day in the mountains, especially in the
southwest part of the forecast area.
Clouds and precipitation will again limit heating in the
afternoon. Lows tonight will remain muggy with little drop in dew
.SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
As of 215 pm EDT Wednesday...
A frontal boundary will near the southern portion of the forecast
area, or south of the region, Thursday night. The exact location
is not clear cut, but a persistence forecast trends at least the
northern half of the region to limited, if any, remaining
precipitation during this time frame. The southern half will be
more prone to lingering showers for at least the first half of
On Friday, what degree of decrease of precipitation that takes place
Thursday night will reverse course. An approaching trough across
central CONUS will help bring southerly flow back into the area and
lift the frontal boundary north again. Look for an increase in
precipitation during the day. Some decrease is anticipated Friday
night with the loss of daytime heating.
Saturday into Saturday night, the combination of the the frontal
boundary likely to be in the neighborhood of the forecast area, and
a nearer approach of the upper trough will promote even better
chances of showers and storms, especially in the west Saturday
Temperatures during this portion of the forecast will trend cooler,
but still average a few degree above average for this time of year.
.LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
As of 235 PM EDT Wednesday...
A strong cold front will approach the region Sunday morning, and
cross the area either Sunday night or early Monday morning. Guidance
is still flip-flopping on this detail. In advance of the front, look
for a significant increase in the coverage of showers and storms. In
the wake of the front, either Monday morning or Monday afternoon,
the area is expected to experience its first notable change in
airmass that has occurred in some time.
A cooler air mass with lower dew points will be in place across the
area by Tuesday and Wednesday. Both of these days, expect highs
across the mountains in the mid 70s to near 80 with the low to mid
80s across the Piedmont. Low temperatures will range from the mid to
upper 50s across the mountains to the low to mid 60s across the
.AVIATION /23Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
As of 704 PM EDT Wednesday...
Showers and storms look to linger into late this evening as a
weak disturbance crosses the region so including either a
VCSH/vcts at all sites except LYH. Best shower/storm threat based
on radar at 7pm will be BCB and ROA between 00z and 02z. Once
convection fades should see more in the way of fog overnight
espcly where heavier rainfall occurred earlier. However the degree
of clouds may limit formation of anything but MVFR visibilities.
Extended aviation discussion...
For Thursday and beyond, the area of high pressure along the
southeast Atlantic coast is expected to weaken. This will allow a
frontal system to begin moving south into the region, resulting
in an increased coverage of showers/thunderstorms with attendant
periods of MVFR to IFR cigs/vsbys. Early morning low clouds and
fog will likely be on the increase also. Friday will offer the
best break in this pattern with the better probability of
precipitation moving into North Carolina. Confidence is medium to
low on this short-lived drier weather. The chance of showers and
thunderstorms returns on Saturday into Sunday.