Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA
FXUS61 KRNK 231114
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
614 AM EST Mon Jan 23 2017
A strong area of low pressure over the Mid Mississippi valley
will approach from the west tonight bringing a period of
moderate to heavy rain. This low pressure system will slide
slowly east across across the area Monday before exiting Monday
night. In the wake of the low pressure system, a period of gusty
northwest winds are possible for the North Carolina high country
and the Blue Ridge. Temperatures trend closer to seasonal
levels by later in the week.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
As of 530 AM EST Monday...
Regional surface analysis depicts strong low pressure of 986 mb
over southwestern NC with the upper low over North Georgia.
System is nearly vertically stacked with main area of lift and
associated rainfall spiraling around the northern periphery of
the surface low. Surface cyclone is progged to move east to
along the North Carolina Coast by this evening, then northeast
to near the Delaware coast by daybreak Tuesday.
For Today: Moderate to locally heavy showers will continue
this morning with embedded thunderstorms over southside VA into
the NC piedmont. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches will be common. As
long as the showers remain transient, then amounts should remain
at or below 2 inches. Some concern exists for potential
flooding, but since individual convective cells are moving so
fast, residence time of the heaviest rain will be limited. Worse
case would be for training to occur. Unless we start to see
rainfall amounts exceed 2 inches, will forgo Flood Watch and/or
Models are in relative agreement the overall area of rain will
lift north as a dry slot works around the east side of the upper
low. This should cause the rain to become more showery east of
the Blue Ridge as that process proceeds. North and west of the
dry slot the rain will remain more continuous.
A strong East-Northeast fetch of wind is being drawn into the
low from the coastal Atlantic. This is resulting in some healthy
wind gusts from southside Va northeast along the eastern slope
of the Blue Ridge. Models suggest this wind will continue
through at least noon before veering and decreasing as the low
passes by just to our south this afternoon. Once the low gets to
the coast, then concern for stronger wind speeds will focus on
on the NC high country and the Blue Ridge southwest of Roanoke
where models suggest speeds of up to 50 mph are possible late
tonight into Tuesday morning.
For Tonight: The rain threat will subside, becoming more
confined to the west, upslope side of the Appalachians. With
lingering precip in the mountains there may be some mix of snow
at the higher elevations north of Bluefield and west of
Lewisburg where temperatures slip into the lower to mid 30s. The
NAM is by far the coldest of the models suggesting an inch or
two for western Greenbrier. Attm think this is overdone and will
go with the slightly warmer GFS which indicates only a coating
to an inch. Elsewhere, the boundary layer appears to be too
warm, so will keep the p-type as rain. On the downslope, east
side of the Appalachians look for partial clearing.
.SHORT TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
As of 400 AM EST Monday...
Upper low near the VA/DE coast Tuesday, will head northeast out
to sea on Wednesday. Cooler air will follow this system
Tuesday, however high temperatures will remain above normal.
Also in the wake of this system, pressure gradient and rises,
subsidence and a 40-50kt low level jet will bring windy and
gusty conditions to the area. These strong winds will start
across the southern Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina
Monday night into Tuesday morning, then across southwestern
Virginia early Tuesday morning into Tuesday evening. Winds will
be their strongest across northwestern North Carolina, enough to
issue an advisory. High pressure and upper level ridging will
move over the region Tuesday night, ending the threat for strong
A disturbance will track east across the Great Lakes Wednesday. The
cold front associated with this disturbance will not cross the area
until Wednesday night. With abundant sunshine and increasing
southwesterly flow ahead of the front, temperatures will warm 20F
above normal Wednesday with widespread 60s across the forecast area
to near 70F across Southside Virginia.
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
As of 337 PM EST Sunday...
Pattern change to overall broad longwave troughing over the region will
begin to take shape Thursday in the wake of a passing surface cold
front by early in the day. This will lead to a prolonged period of cold
advection under west/northwest flow to the east of the main surface
high situated over the Rockies through next weekend. However appears
the overall scenario to remain on the quiet side with mainly shallow
moisture resulting in upslope driven periodic snow showers espcly
northwest sections into Sunday. Appears amounts to be limited though
given more westerly trajectory and only shallow moisture beneath the
inversion, so overall only chance pops this far out along the western
slopes. Otherwise should see the typical split from mainly sunny/clear
skies east of the ridges per downslope, to clouds far west, and at
times out to the Blue Ridge pending the passage of weak impulses.
With the broad trough becoming rather flat and 850 mb temps roughly
above minus 10C, only expecting a return to normal or slightly below
normal temps with highs 30s/low 40s mountains, to low/mid 40s east, and
lows in the 20s. However will feel quite a bit colder after all the
recent warmth, given a persistent blustery northwest wind under the
lingering gradient between low pressure well north and the high well to
the west. Appears coldest could occur during the weekend when thickness
drop a bit so trended toward the colder earlier EC mos as the GFS MEX
values remain warmer.
.AVIATION /10Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
As of 600 AM EST Monday...
Poor flying conditions will continue across much of the region
and at all TAF sites through early afternoon.
Wedge/CAD conditions in place with widespread IFR-LIFR ceilings
and MVFR visibilities with intermittent periods of IFR rain.
Some lightning has been detected in the showers east of the
Deep upper low across the southeast states is moving northeast
today, reaching the NC coast by this evening before inching its
way up the coast and just offshore tonight and Tuesday.
Rain and low cigs will be common throughout the region today
with a gradual improvement later this afternoon and tonight, and
an eventual return to VFR Tuesday on the east side of the
Appalachians. Wrap around moisture from the storm will likely
result in persistent low cloudiness in the mountains through
Tuesday, although these cloud bases should improve with time.
There is a strong East-Northeast barrier jet along the east side
of the Appalachians this morning. This is resulting is wind
gusts of 30 kts vcnty of LYH and CHO this morning. This jet is
expected to weaken by early afternoon. Additional wind concerns
will develop in the wake of the departing storm tonight and
Tuesday with strong northwest winds developing across the ridges
after midnight with the potential for 30-40 kt gusts.
Extended Aviation Discussion...
Winds will subside Tuesday night. High pressure will finally
spread into the region by Wednesday. A band of MVFR showers is
possible along/behind a cold front Thursday into Thursday
night. Colder west to northwest wind flow will develop behind
this front with mountain snow showers possible for the weekend
associated with MVFR CIGS/VSBYS.
As of 600 AM EST Monday...
Periods of rain will continue to impact the Blacksburg
hydrologic service area today, heaviest this morning.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches will likely result in rising
stream levels. While minor to moderate rises on rivers,
streams, and creeks can be expected, flooding is not
anticipated at this time.
Only if rainfall begins to exceed 2 inches would flooding become
a concern. Although this is locally possible, the risk for
widespread flooding is low enough to forgo need for an areal
flood watch. Of more concern will be ponding of water on roads
and reduction in visibility due to the intermittent heavier
VA...Wind Advisory from 6 PM this evening to noon EST Tuesday for
NC...Wind Advisory from 6 PM this evening to noon EST Tuesday for