Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Charleston, WV

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000 FXUS61 KRLX 211839 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 239 PM EDT Thu Sep 21 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A weak upper level disturbance over the area slips southeastward this evening. Weak high pressure builds through the weekend. Cold front approaches by mid next week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH FRIDAY/... As of 225 PM Thursday... A few pop-up showers dot the radar across southern portions of the area this afternoon, where the cu field is a bit more stout than farther north. One or two showers may stand up into a thunderstorm. The causative weak upper level low drifts southeastward tonight. This, along with loss of heating, will eradicate the showers and cumulus around sunset. Stacked high pressure builds tonight and Friday. Deep layer light flow will allow for widespread dense valley fog tonight, which then gives way to a mainly sunny Friday by late morning. Temperatures close to mostly well converged guidance in this benign pattern. Lowered the valleys tonight per the MET. The MET did seem high for Friday, but raised some spots a notch or so. Temperatures continue above normal per continued upper level ridging, and no air mass change. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 235 PM Thursday... Continued hot and dry under high pressure in the short term period, with foggy mornings.
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As of 235 PM Thursday... High pressure will continue to dominate for the first part of next week. Could be a few diurnal pop up showers across the mountains during peak heating hours early next week, but for the most part, we should remain dry and hot. An upper trough and surface cold front will move into the area around Thursday, with scattered showers and slightly cooler temperatures to round out the end of the week. QPF at this point still looking to be minimal.
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&& .AVIATION /19Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 225 PM Thursday... Satellite imagery early this afternoon showed the cu field most prevalent across southern WV, eastern KY and southwest VA, where there were isolated showers. These showers may increase in coverage a bit, and one or two may stand up into a thunderstorm, but impacts right at terminals is unlikely. Have VCTS at BKW 19-21Z, where and when the chance is a little greater. The showers and clouds will dissipate at sunset on loss of heating, and as the causative upper level disturbance slips southeast of the area. High pressure building surface and aloft tonight and Friday spells widespread dense valley fog overnight into Friday morning, followed by VFR conditions after 14Z Friday. Flow surface and aloft weill be light northeast. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium to high. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Could get a passing shower at BKW this afternoon. Fog timing and density may vary. However, since the forecast is very aggressive with the fog, less fog is a bit more likely alternative than more fog. This is especially the case at BKW, where fog formation is more uncertain. EXPERIMENTAL TABLE OF FLIGHT CATEGORY OBJECTIVELY SHOWS CONSISTENCY OF WFO FORECAST TO AVAILABLE MODEL INFORMATION: H = HIGH: TAF CONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL. M = MEDIUM: TAF HAS VARYING LEVEL OF CONSISTENCY WITH MODELS. L = LOW: TAF INCONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL. UTC 1HRLY 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 EDT 1HRLY 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H L EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M M PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H L AFTER 18Z FRIDAY... VLIFR in valley fog each morning through Tuesday. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ARJ/TRM/MZ NEAR TERM...TRM SHORT TERM...SL LONG TERM...SL AVIATION...TRM is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.