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000 FXUS61 KRNK 230552 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 152 AM EDT Sat Sep 23 2017 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure over the eastern United States will continue to bring warm and dry weather to the region this weekend through the first part of next week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/... As of 840 PM EDT Friday... Isolated convection has again faded out with loss of heating after a very warm afternoon for late September. This should leave the region with quiet weather under weak surface high pressure overnight. However will continue to see some inland push of mid/high clouds from the northeast that could result in cloudy periods espcly north/east early on. Think the residual canopy including some strato-cu should fade/thin later tonight as much drier air aloft advects in under stronger mid level ridging that looks to build in late. Otherwise will again see patchy to areas of fog where earlier heavy downpours occurred as well as in the valleys pending late clearing. Clouds may also tend to keep lows up more in the 60-65 range unless clearing can coincide with a slight drop in dewpoints toward dawn which would result in a few cooler 50s espcly west. Previous discussion as of 300 PM EDT Friday... No change in the general synoptic pattern as a large ridge of high pressure dominates the eastern US while tropical systems over the Atlantic remain too far offshore to impact our weather. Combination of diurnal instability, orographic effects, and some weak short wave energy will keep a chance/slight chance for showers/storms in the forecast from the southern Blue Ridge and portions of the NRV south into the mountains of NC. Any precipitation will fade quickly by early this evening with dry conditions for the overnight period. Expect another round of patchy fog/stratus development primarily west of the Blue Ridge. Any fog/low clouds will burn off early Saturday, followed by pleasant weather for the start of the weekend. Temperatures will be similar to previous days. Expect lows tonight in the lower 60s east of the Blue Ridge with mid 50s/around 60 to the west and some cooler readings in the valleys. Highs Saturday will be in the mid/upper 80s east to lower 80s west. && .SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/... As of 250 PM EDT Friday... A Rather quiet weather pattern through this period, with high pressure firmly in place near the mason dixon line, and continuing to build South along the central appalachians. Hurricane Maria is expected to drift North off of the southeast US coast, but likely remain far enough out to sea to limit impacts in our area through Monday. This setup would allow mostly sunny and dry conditions to remain in place. High Temperatures should remain steadily 5 to 10 degrees above normal during the period, topping out in the mid to upper 80s east of the Blue Ridge, with upper 70s and low 80s prevalent across the higher elevations. Low temperatures would fall into the 50s and 60s, with patchy fog possible each morning, especially in the mountain valleys. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 250 PM EDT Friday... High pressure will begin to progress north and east into the New England states by Tuesday, as Maria begins to slow and wobble off of the Mid Atlantic Seaboard. This will allow surface winds to shift to out of the East/Northeast, allowing low level atlantic moisture to build across the area Wednesday and Thursday. With subsidence still in place, don`t expect much in the way of shower activity, but cloud cover as a whole should increase, especially for those East of the Blue Ridge. A Persistence forecast trend in temperatures will continue through this time period. A cold front approaches from the north and west on Thursday, bringing the possibility of isolated to scattered showers across the area. Timing of the front, at least in the eyes of the GFS, doesn`t look favorable for significant shower coverage or intensity, but it should be enough to push the remnants of Maria far enough off shore to break us free from the easterly flow. Drier and more seasonable conditions should follow the front, and continue into the weekend. && .AVIATION /06Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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As of 145 AM EDT Saturday... Satellite pictures showed mid and high clouds from Maryland into eastern Tennessee early this morning. MVFR fog was develop south of this cloud cover over central and southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. Similar to past few mornings, expecting the visibility at KBCB to drop to LIFR levels around sunrise. KBLF and KDAN may also lower to LIFR values but confidence not as high for those sites. KLWB may have too much cloud cover for more than a short period of LIFR prior to 13Z/9AM. Strong high pressure building in from the north on Saturday should result in widespread VFR once any low clouds/fog fade by mid morning. Winds should continue mostly easterly at 5-12 kts overall into Saturday afternoon. Extended Aviation Discussion... Overall persistence forecast Sunday into early next week as strong high pressure aloft builds in from the northwest keeping tropical moisture offshore. This should also maintain good flying conditions along with mostly dry weather, outside of any late night/early morning fog from Sunday through Wednesday.
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&& .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...None. NC...None. WV...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...MBS NEAR TERM...JH/MBS SHORT TERM...JM LONG TERM...JM AVIATION...AMS/JH is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.