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Inner triangles within icon denotes improving or deteriorating flight conditions within the first 3 hours. Outer square denotes flight conditions for the next 4 to 12 hour time period.

Aviation Flight Categories (AFC)

Category Ceiling Visibility Icon
LIFR below 500 feet and/or less than 1 mile LIFR symbol
IFR 500 to below 1,000 feet and/or 1 to less than 3 miles IFR symbol
MVFR 1,000 to 3,000 feet and/or 3 to 5 miles MVFR symbol
VFR greater than 3,000 feet and greater than 5 miles VFR symbol
MISSING MISSING MISSING VFR symbol
.AVIATION /10Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
SOME LOCAL MVFR IN VALLEY FOG DID FORM OVER SOUTHERN WV FOR THE 
PREDAWN. SOME 5 TO 6 MILES IN HAZE MAY LINGER PAST 12Z AS CLOUDS 
INCREASE.

CEILINGS AT 4 TO 7 THSD FT INCREASING W TO E 12Z TO 15Z TODAY.  
SPOTTY LIGHT RAIN OR LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS DEVELOPING OVER OHIO VALLEY 
COUNTIES 12Z TO 15Z...SPREADING EAST DURING THE AFTERNOON.  

CONDITIONS DETERIORATING OVER TRI STATE AROUND HTS INCLUDING NE KY 
AND SE OHIO 18Z TO 21Z AS MID LEVEL SUPPORT INCREASES...AHEAD OF 
STRONG 500 MB LOW.  WITH THIS SUPPORT DROPPING SE THROUGH SOUTHERN
WV...TRIED TO BE SLOW LOWERING CONDITIONS FURTHER N...INCLUDING 
VCNTY CKB AND NORTH CENTRAL WV. 

CEILINGS LOWERING INTO 1 TO 3 THSD FT AND VSBY AOB 3 MILES IN 
RAIN...BECOMING MIXED WITH SNOW MAINLY S OF A HTS-CRW LINE BY 03Z 
AND MOSTLY SNOW BY 03Z OVER DICKENSON AND BUCHANAN COUNTIES IN SW VA 
UNDER THE COOL POOL ALOFT.  HARD TO DETERMINE IF BKW WILL GO TO ALL 
SNOW OR STAY MIX...WITH COLDEST 850 MB TEMPERATURES PASSING TO ITS 
SOUTH.      

SURFACE AND LOW LEVEL WINDS INCREASING OVER EASTERN KENTUCKY ON SE 
INTO THE BORDER COUNTIES OF SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA AND SOUTHWEST 
VIRGINIA 00Z TO 06Z. IN CONTRAST...WINDS NEAR SURFACE REMAIN 
FAIRLY LIGHT OVER NORTH CENTRAL WV INCLUDING CKB THROUGH 06Z 
SATURDAY...BEFORE BECOMING NORTH NEAR 10 KNOTS BY 12Z SATURDAY.

HARD TO FIGURE HOW LOW CEILINGS DROP FROM 06Z TO 12Z 
SATURDAY...ESPECIALLY AWAY FROM THE DYNAMICS...LIKE PKB TO CKB 
CORRIDOR. 

FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 12Z SATURDAY...
     
FORECAST CONFIDENCE: MEDIUM.

ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: TIMING THE DETERIORATING CONDITIONS 18Z TODAY THROUGH 00Z SATURDAY MAY VARY. BKW MAY STAY MIXTURE RATHER THAN ALL SNOW BEFORE 12Z SATURDAY.
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
Updated: 603 AM EDT FRI OCT 31 2014
UTC 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
EDT 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
CRW H H H H H H H H H H M M
HTS H H H H H H H H H M M H
BKW H H H H H H H H H H H H
EKN H H M M M H H H H H H H
PKB H H H H H H H H H H M M
CKB H H H H H H H H H H H M


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Surface observations (METAR)

Information on METAR reports

List of current METAR observations across the area - raw format, decoded

Past 24 hours of METAR reports for NWS Charleston TAF sites:

Charleston (CRW) - raw format, decoded
Huntington (HTS) - raw format, decoded
Parkersburg (PKB) - raw format, decoded
Clarksburg (CKB) - raw format, decoded
Elkins (EKN) - raw format, decoded
Beckley (BKW) - raw format, decoded

Other obsevation locations:

Point Pleasant (3I2) - raw format, decoded
Buckhannon (W22) - raw format, decoded
Pineville (I16) - raw format, decoded
Sutton (48I) - raw format, decoded

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Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) issued by NWS Charleston

How to read a TAF

KCRW - Charleston WV text Tactical Decision Aid for CRW
KHTS - Huntington, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for HTS
KPKB - Parkersburg, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for PKB
KCKB - Clarksburg, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for CKB
KEKN - Elkins, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for EKN
KBKW - Beckley, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for BKW

NOTE - The Tatical Decision Aid presents an auto-refreshing page with the TAF broken down into forecast parameters, color-coded by severity. Courtesy of the Center Weather Service Unit in Houston, TX.

Nearby TAFs issued by other NWS offices

KHLG - Wheeling, WV
KMGW - Morgantown, WV
KMRB - Martinsburg, WV
KLWB - Lewisburg, WV
KBLF - Bluefield, WV
KLEX - Lexington, KY
KCMH - Columbus, OH
KPIT - Pittsburgh, PA
KDCA - Washington, DC (Reagan)
KIAD - Washington, DC (Dulles)
KROA - Roanoke, VA

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