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495 FXUS61 KILN 181018 AFDILN Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wilmington OH 618 AM EDT Thu Oct 18 2018 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure will will result in dry but continued cool conditions through tonight. A chance of showers will return for Friday afternoon into Friday night as a cold front moves through the region. A continued chance of showers will linger Saturday into Saturday night as an upper level disturbance moves across the Great Lakes. Temperatures will remain below normal into early next week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... Surface high pressure is building east into the area early this morning and this had allowed for winds to begin to taper off. However, we are still seeing a fair amount of high level clouds working across southern portions of the area. These clouds have been slowly thinning out along the northern edge but we are still seeing some IR enhancement to the cirrus at times along and south of the Ohio River. Across the north in areas that have cleared off, temperatures have fallen to near or below freezing this morning. Across the south though, temperatures are still running in the mid to upper 30s. Assuming that the clouds will continue to thin out, suppose we could get close to freezing along and north of the Ohio River, but it will likely be tough to get that low across our far south at this point. Will nonetheless keep the freeze warning going across the entire area, just in case the clouds thin out enough to allow for some frost development across the far south. Otherwise, high pressure will continue to build into the region today, resulting in mostly sunny skies. We will start out in weak CAA this morning before transitioning to more neutral advection later today. This combined with a fair amount of sun, should allow for high temperatures this afternoon in the low to mid 50s. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM FRIDAY/... The surface high will push east across the area tonight. We will start off mostly clear this evening, but could begin to see a bit of an increase in high level clouds late tonight. Lows will drop into the mid to upper 30s which could result in some areas of frost once again. Southwesterly low level flow will develop on the back side of the high through the day on Friday. This will lead to some weak developing isentropic lift through the afternoon hours and be accompanied by some weak mid level energy moving into the mid Ohio Valley. This will result in an increasing chance of rain showers from the southwest, mainly through the afternoon hours on Friday. In developing low level WAA, highs on Friday will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Deep and highly-amplified troughing will dig into the eastern Great Lakes region into the interior northeast this upcoming weekend. After the initial cold frontal passage overnight Friday, with increasingly dry conditions from northwest to southeast during the nighttime, northwest flow will settle into the the lower/mid levels of the atmosphere. By Saturday afternoon, another compact vort lobe rounding the southwestern periphery of the digging/deepening trough will track southeast through the Great Lakes region. This will provide enough lift to initiate scattered shower development, especially as fetch off of the Great Lakes aids in enhancement of activity during the afternoon and evening time period. The best lift /and therefore the best time period for scattered rain showers/ will be moving through the region late Saturday afternoon into the early part of the evening. Compact/sudden height falls aloft will swing through Ohio during this time period, with a surface trof pivoting southeast through the ILN FA. Colder air at the surface will filter in following the passage of the surface trof/cold front and there may be a brief period where enuf lift overlaps with cooling BL conditions to turn some of the raindrops to snowflakes. At the very least, cold air settling in aloft will certainly introduce flakes into the column, but whether they will make it all the way to the ground before melting remains to be seen. There are several things that may support a quicker transition to at least a mix of light rain and snow showers across east-central Indiana, west-central Ohio and central Ohio during the evening hours -- most notably of which will be the fact that the pcpn will initially be falling into relatively dry lower levels. This may bring on some evaporational cooling within the lower part of the column, which may act to cool the column slightly faster than is currently being modeled. Nevertheless, do think that there will be a several hour period where a mix will be possible, especially where surface temperatures cool into the upper 30s. However, as the core of the surface cold air settles in, sinking air on the backside of the midlevel vort lobe should bring a fairly quick end to the scattered rain/snow shower activity past midnight. Additionally, surface high pressure will be building into the western Ohio Valley during the overnight into early Sunday morning, acting to shunt some of the moisture off of Lake Michigan a bit to the east -- meaning that any lingering lake effect or lake enhanced activity will likely stay north of the local area for the latter overnight period. The other main item of interest for Saturday will be the breeziness. Steepening low-level lapse rates, thanks to pre-surface-trof diurnal warming coincident with colder air settling in aloft, will help enhance low level mixing during the afternoon and early evening hours. Current momentum transfer techniques on fcst soundings suggest that gusts to 35 MPH will be possible between 2 PM and 8 PM Saturday before the combination of diurnally-driven/frontal cooling at the surface allows for gusts to subside considerably for the late evening period. Mainly clear and unseasonably chilly temperatures are expected Sunday and Sunday night. Frost and freezing temperatures will again be possible Sunday night into early Monday morning. By Tuesday, another system progressing south through the eastern Great Lakes will begin to impact the local area, although mainly in wind shift only. With the main forcing/support fcst to remain well east of the region, combined with relatively meager moisture return ahead of the front, pcpn chances look to stay fairly low even with the passage of a front during the Tuesday-early Wednesday time period. As of right now, this looks to be a dry passage, but the details will continue to be hammered out in the coming days. Unseasonably cool temperatures will persist through the entirety of the long term period, with no significant pattern change expected within the next week. Abundant sunshine during the day and cool overnight periods will be the prevailing conditions from Sunday through Wednesday. && .AVIATION /10Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... High pressure and a dry airmass will remain in place across the region through tonight. Mostly clear skies are expected trough the TAF period. Some localized river valley fog may affect KLUK late tonight...otherwise VFR conditions are expected. OUTLOOK...MVFR conditions are possible from Friday evening into Saturday. && .ILN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... OH...Freeze Warning until 10 AM EDT this morning for OHZ026-034-035- 042>046-051>056-060>065-070>074-077>082-088. KY...Freeze Warning until 10 AM EDT this morning for KYZ089>100. IN...Freeze Warning until 10 AM EDT this morning for INZ050-058-059- 066-073>075-080. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JGL NEAR TERM...JGL SHORT TERM...JGL LONG TERM...KC AVIATION...JGL is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.