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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Jackson Kentucky
539 am EST Friday Mar 6 2015

Short term...(today through saturday)
issued at 518 am EST Friday Mar 6 2015

Models are in reasonable agreement through the short term period
and indicate some short wave energy passing through the region
late today. But this feature has little in the way of sensible
weather...producing only some additional middle and high level
clouds for the area later today. Surface high pressure shifts east of
our area today as well. Weak return flow on the western periphery
and an increasingly strong March sun will battle with extensive
snow cover for greatest influence on temperatures over the coming
days. The snow pack will win out today but a persistent southerly
flow combined with the increasingly stronger March sun will begin
to eat away at area snow cover through the weekend. Unfortunately
the runoff from snow melt will go straight into area streams and
rivers...adding to already elevated flows and extending any
gradual drops in stage levels. Silver lining to forecast would
have to be the Promise of relatively quiet weather and gradually
warming temperatures...especially over the horizon.

Long term...(saturday night through thursday)
issued at 530 am EST Friday Mar 6 2015

The eastern Continental U.S./Noam trough should become more broad by the start
of the period...while a ridge will linger near the West Coast of the
Continental U.S.. at that point...a closed low is anticipated to be over the
southern rockies and northern Mexico...while a shortwave ridge is
expected to work across the southeastern US. The main band of
westerlies across the northern US will have some disturbances
passing through it...but these should be generally too far north
through Sunday for anything more than periodic increases in
clouds. The initial southwest closed low should begin to open up
by the end of the weekend...and return moisture is projected to
spread from the Southern Plains to the MS valley and then into
the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. As a northern stream disturbance passes to
our north...and a some light rain would be possible generally
across the south on Sunday night into early on Monday. The result
should mainly be just an increase in clouds.

Disturbances should continue to eject northeast from this trough
over the southern rockies into the Southern Plains...while heights
rise off the southeast US coast. This will bring a continued
moderation in temperatures...but also chances for rain at
times...especially Monday night into Tuesday and possibly late
Tuesday night into Wednesday. As it stands now...Thursday looks to be a
break in between rain chances. However...chances for rain late in
the new week...just beyond the end of the period appear to be
increasing. During that time deeper moisture may return into the
MS and Ohio Valley region and there could also be a stronger surface
system and heavier rainfall amounts than the early or midweek

A moderation in temperatures to closer to normal by the end of the weekend is
still expected...with above normal temperatures expected late in the period.
At this time...if and when precipitation occurs during the
should fall as rain.


Aviation...(for the 06z tafs through 06z Friday night)
issued at 203 am EST Friday Mar 6 2015

VFR conditions expected through the period...though we may see
some occasional lower based SC and very brief ceilings around 3k feet
from time to time...mainly at sym and sjs. Winds will be light...
veering more westerly through the day tomorrow.


Jkl watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...ray

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