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FXUS63 KPAH 010302

National Weather Service Paducah KY
902 PM CST SUN JAN 31 2016

Issued at 902 PM CST SUN JAN 31 2016

The cold front is making good progress across the region,
especially through the Evansville Tri State. This will make it
appear as though it is dragging its heels through southeast
Missouri, where there is little push to the front. The front
should clear the entire area shortly after midnight, and the
associated precipitation should also come to an end within an hour
of the frontal passage. Have yet to see an observation site
register measurable rain or a lowered visibility, so left PoPs
around 50% with the front.

Over the Pennyrile region of west Kentucky, a nice band of
stronger showers has developed and will slowly push east out of
the area over the next couple of hours. Cannot completely rule out
a rumble of thunder with this activity.

Have updated the forecast to account for latest observational trends
and the latest short term forecast guidance with respect to the
frontal movement.

UPDATE Issued at 550 PM CST SUN JAN 31 2016

Updated aviation discussion for 00Z TAF issuance.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday)
Issued at 137 PM CST SUN JAN 31 2016

Main forecast challenge in the short term continues to lie with
the severe weather potential coming up on Tuesday across much of
the region.

In the meantime, a cold front will cross the region tonight,
bringing with it our next chance of showers. Little mid/upper
support with the front and low lvl convergence looks meager, so
should not be a big rain maker, and do not see enough instability
to warrant much of a thunder threat other than an isolated rumble
here and there. High pressure will then bring us a brief cool
down and dry period for the most of the day Monday, ahead of the
next stronger system that will be approaching the region on

Vigorous mid/upper level low will eject northeast from the Plains
into the Midwest during the day Tuesday. An associated pre-frontal
surface trof will be approaching the mid MS River Valley by early
afternoon...and will cross srn IL/wrn KY/sw IN during the
afternoon and very early in the evening. Integrated moisture
values will also be increasing ahead of the front Tuesday
afternoon. Wind profiles suggest a decent severe storm potential,
depending on the amount of instability that can be generated. Much
of the operational model guidance now suggests MU CAPES 400-800
J/KG forming ahead of the front on Tuesday. Thinking is that a
QLCS type of event may be in order, with a squall line possibly
developing late morning over se MO, then transversing east across
the remainder of the forecast region Tue afternoon into the early
evening. Though damaging wind gusts with bowing segments appears
to be the most likely risk with this type of event, isolated/brief
tornado spin-ups cannot be ruled out. It is still looking as
though the higher svr risk will be over wrn KY, though I would not
be surprised if much of the region ends up in some type of SPC
watch box sometime on Tuesday.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Sunday)
Issued at 137 PM CST SUN JAN 31 2016

Medium confidence in the extended.

Its mainly dry through the extended with near normal temperatures.
However there is a cold front poised to move through Saturday. This
could produce sprinkles during the day or flurries overnight. But
for now we are not confident there will enough moisture for this to
produce an impact if anything at all. Plan to leave it dry unless
collaboration forces me to put a mention in the forecast. The
northwest flow remains in place most of the time with steep waves
rotating through. But again not sure enough moisture will be
available for precipitation at this time. The 12z Sun ECMWF is
coming in and it now is dry like the GFS and Canadian would suggest.
However the extended init used the 00z Sun ECMWF which had moisture
over the lower Ohio valley vs the dry 12z run.


Issued at 550 PM CST SUN JAN 31 2016

Low VFR cigs will prevail ahead an advancing cold front passing
through our area this evening. Prior to the frontal passage,
occasional MVFR cigs and showers may occur, and southerly winds
will remain around 10 knots with perhaps a gust or two. After the
frontal passage tonight, cigs will lift, starting at KCGI around
04Z, and remain VFR through the rest of the period. Post-frontal
winds will be northwest AOB 10 knots and veer to easterly during
the late morning Monday.


.PAH Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


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