Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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FXUS63 KPAH 312313

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
613 PM CDT Tue Mar 31 2020

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Thursday night)
Issued at 242 PM CDT Tue Mar 31 2020

Clearing and colder weather will arrive tonight in the wake of the
departing 500 mb low. Clouds wrapping around the backside of the
system may linger as long as sunrise Wednesday in southwest
Indiana. However, most places will clear out early tonight.

The potential for frost does not look particularly high. The 850
mb flow will remain 20 to 35 kt through the overnight hours, and
the boundary layer will be seasonably deep. Some patchy frost is
possible. At this early stage of the growing season, the frost
potential is too low to warrant any advisory headlines. Lows will
be in the mid to upper 30s in most areas.

After a chilly start to the day, Wednesday will be sunny and
milder. A high pressure center will pass directly overhead late in
the day, ensuring mainly sunny skies and light winds. Highs will
be near 60 in most areas, except only mid 50s in southwest

As high pressure moves to our east on Wednesday night and
Thursday, low level winds will gradually become southeast. This
will result in a slight moderation in temps. Lows Wed night may
still get down into the upper 30s in sheltered areas, though.
Highs Thursday will be in the mid 60s despite some increase in

On Thursday night, there is a small chance of showers reaching
southeast Missouri as the 500 mb ridge axis moves east of the
Mississippi River. Low level winds will become south ahead of a
cold front near the Kansas/Missouri border, bringing some moisture
northward. Lows will be in the upper 40s.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Tuesday)
Issued at 242 PM CDT Tue Mar 31 2020

The primary player through the extended portion of the forecast will
be a ridge of high pressure extending from the Gulf Coast states
northward into the Ohio Valley. Initially Friday it gets pinched
between an advancing trough aloft moving out of the northern Rockies
and Plains, and a wrapped up storm system off the New England coast.
This has caused some trouble for the models in timing the arrival of
showers with the advancing trough.

At this time there is reasonable confidence in some showers arriving
over southeast Missouri and southern Illinois Friday and Friday
night, and then spreading eastward along with some thunderstorm
potential Saturday and Saturday night, as the ridge gets shunted

The upper ridge will pop back up over the region Sunday, and with
weak surface high pressure over the area, we should be mostly dry
Sunday and Sunday night. South winds will return Sunday night into
Monday and the upper ridge line will shift just east of the area. As
low-level moisture increases, disturbances moving eastward atop the
ridge will attempt to generate some showers and possibly even
thunderstorms Monday into Tuesday. With no cool air aloft to work
with, thunder may be a stretch, but most of the guidance does
develop just a little bit of at least elevated instability.

Temperatures will remain several degrees above normal through the
period. There will be no frost or freeze concerns.


Issued at 613 PM CDT Tue Mar 31 2020

Broken VFR cloud cover will gradually depart eastward from the
KEVV and KOWB TAF sites during the forecast period. There will be
intermittent scattered to broken cloud cover at the KMVN and KPAH
TAF locations within the first 6 hours.

Wind gusts should subside close to the beginning of the 00z
Wednesday WFO PAH TAF site, so did not include it in the new
forecast issuance.

Otherwise, VFR conditions should dominate for the whole forecast




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