Scientific Forecaster Discussion
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky
530 PM CST Mon Dec 9 2013
issued at 453 PM CST Monday Dec 9 2013
Updated for 00z aviation forecast discussion.
Short term...(this evening through wednesday)
issued at 1256 PM CST Monday Dec 9 2013
The primary forecast challenge is the snow event tonight-early
tmrw morning. In a nutshell, there is not alot of change that we
are seeing from the 12z guidance to make any more than cosmetic
changes to the going package. One such cosmetic change will be to
bump the main swath area from likely to categorical pops, namely
for our northern most strip of counties along I-64 in southern
Quantitative precipitation forecast is similar if unchanged, with higher slr on the order of 17 to
1 producing the forecast amounts in the highest areas of 1-1.5
inches. This will have little impact on the areas it is falling
upon save for the reduction in vsby for a 3-4 hour window, so
we've followed up the previously issued Special Weather Statement with a similar one.
This was coordinated/collaborated with lmk and adjacent nearby
offices appear to be in agreement as well.
This zone of pcpn should be entirely east of the pah forecast area by 15z
Tuesday, after which cool/dry high pressure migrates across the Tennessee
Valley. Teens for lows and 30s for highs look good through the
remainder of the short term portion of the forecast.
Long term...(wednesday night through monday)
issued at 224 PM CST Monday Dec 9 2013
Cold high pressure at the surface will be in control at the onset of
the extended period. There should still be some snow/ice on the
ground. Models have trended slightly colder for highs Thursday and I
have reflected this but maybe not to their extent.
The next storm system moves toward the region on Friday. GFS remains
slow in bringing in precipitation, holding til later in the
afternoon. The European model (ecmwf) is about 6 hours faster but is a little slower
than its 00z run. Temperatures are above freezing at the onset of
precipitation and have all liquid during the day. Friday night is
more questionable. Have temperatures falling just below freezing in
the northwest 1/2 of the forecast area and therefore have a mix of
rain and freezing rain. Soundings show temps right around freezing
in this area with a warmer layer just off the surface. Soundings in
the south show temps above freezing during the event.
Rain tapers off on Saturday and comes to an end Saturday night.
Precip may be a mix of rain and snow over the northeasternmost
counties before coming to an end. Cold high pressure then builds in.
Models vary on the degree of the cold air. The European model (ecmwf) has a much
sharper trough and much colder air and have followed our neighbors
and trended this way.
issued at 530 PM CST Monday Dec 9 2013
MVFR cigs will likely be relieved this evening as the best
moisture stays either to our south or the north. Will continue to
monitor however. A return to MVFR prevalent cigs is expected later
tonight as our next system develops/moves in this evening.
Northern most sites may see a low prob for -sn, so included an
MVFR vsby restriction for kevv/kowb late tonight- early tmrw am.
Elsewhere pops are prob beneath threshold for mention.