Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KRLX 201826
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Charleston WV
226 PM EDT Fri Apr 20 2018

.SYNOPSIS...
High pressure through the weekend. Next system arrives Monday
night.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH SATURDAY/...
As of 115 PM Friday...

High pressure remains in place through the near-term with clear
skies and dry conditions. Northwesterly winds continue today and
gradually lessen to light and variable over night. This combined
with clear skies and dewpoints below freezing indicate a good
radiational cooling night especially in sheltered valleys. As a
result, have followed the low-end of temperature guidance and
decreased incised valleys an additional degree or two to account
for this. This of course is a 2 meter temperature and extra
consideration should be taken by users for potentially lower
near-ground temperatures affecting vegetation.

As a result a Freeze Warning has been posted for most of the
area where the grow season has been included, with a frost
advisory covering the remaining zones. This now includes
Dickenson (frost), Buchanan (freeze) in VA and Wyoming, McDowell
(both freeze) in southern WV. NE KY, Lawrence OH, and Wayne WV
are also under a frost advisory.

Very dry air lurks just aloft, but low-level weak winds
especially tonight and tomorrow make it tough to mix these lower
values down to the surface especially as winds decrease through
tomorrow. However, it bears watching as there have been
localized low dew points observed today where mixing is
evidently happening. Current forecast indicates minRH in the
mid- to upper-20`s today with slightly lower minRH in the low-
to mid-20`s tomorrow with greater afternoon warming.

High cirrus clouds start to creep in from the WNW Saturday
afternoon ahead of a ridge aloft.

&&

.SHORT TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
As of 225 PM Friday...

Upper-level ridge builds over area early in the period and
remains in place into Monday. At the surface, an area of low
pressure will push east across the lower Mississippi River
valley into the southeastern states.

Dry weather Saturday night into Sunday will give way to
precipitation chances increasing from the southwest late Sunday
night into Monday.

Temperature guidance looks good and was generally followed.
Readings should be near normal through the period.

&&

.LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/...
As of 225 PM Friday...

Upper level systems and a cold front pushing east will result in
unsettled weather through the period. As a result, expect
daytime temperatures will be below normal.

&&

.AVIATION /18Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
As of 555 AM Friday...

VFR expected through the TAF period. Winds go calm overnight and
remain light afterward, generally from the North.

FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY...

FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High.

ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: MVFR/IFR possible should BR/FG occur
tonight, however fog formation is unlikely at this time.

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    M
EKN CONSISTENCY  H    H    H    H    H    H    H    H    H    H    H    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    M

AFTER 18Z SATURDAY...
No widespread IFR conditions expected.

&&

.RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WV...Freeze Warning from midnight tonight to 10 AM EDT Saturday for
     WVZ006>011-013>020-024>031-033-034.
     Frost Advisory from midnight tonight to 10 AM EDT Saturday for
     WVZ005.
OH...Freeze Warning from midnight tonight to 10 AM EDT Saturday for
     OHZ066-067-075-076-083>086.
     Frost Advisory from midnight tonight to 10 AM EDT Saturday for
     OHZ087.
KY...Frost Advisory from midnight tonight to 10 AM EDT Saturday for
     KYZ101>103-105.
VA...Freeze Warning from midnight tonight to 10 AM EDT Saturday for
     VAZ004.
     Frost Advisory from midnight tonight to 10 AM EDT Saturday for
     VAZ003.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...JSH/MC
NEAR TERM...MC
SHORT TERM...JSH
LONG TERM...JSH
AVIATION...MC



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