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000 FXUS61 KAKQ 281059 AFDAKQ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service WAKEFIELD VA 659 AM EDT Tue Mar 28 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front approaches from the west today and crosses the region late this afternoon and tonight. High pressure builds in from the north on Wednesday. The high retreats to the northeast on Thursday as the next system approaches from the west. A strong system is expected to impact the region on Friday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... Watching low pressure and its attendant cold front move across the OH/TN Valleys early this morning. At the same time upper level ridging has begun to break down across the local area in advance of this system, allowing scattered showers and isolated tstms to develop just to our west. As the upper level trough continues to push into the area today, will see an increase in pops during the morning into the afternoon hours. Have highest pops 30-50% limited to our Piedmont counties through 12z, then higher pops 40-60% spreading across the remainder of the FA thru 18z. Current thinking is that there will be an initial area of showers and embedded tstms that move thru the area from west to east between 12-17z, then a secondary batch of shwrs/tstms that moves thru between 18-23z. SPC has the area highlighted in a marginal risk for severe storms this aftn/eve due to increased shear and sfc dew pts near 60F. Think the severe threat will be low this afternoon due to only a small window of opportunity for the atmosphere to recover after the morning pcpn exits. It will remain mild today despite plenty of clouds. Highs in the low to mid 70s, except cooler 60s at the beaches. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY/... Will limit chance PoPs to areas along/east of I-95 by late this evening as the Piedmont dries out, then drying out all the way to the coast after midnight with lows mainly 50-55 F (except upr 40s ern shore). Becoming partly/mostly sunny Wed after some early clouds (especially south) as drier air moves in from the N. Somewhat cooler but still a little above avg with highs 60-65F near the coast and in the upper 60s to lower 70s well inland. Upper ridge axis quickly moves back into the region by Thu, allowing return of mid/high clouds during the day. With fairly low mixing and overrunning clouds, expect a cooler day with highs mainly ranging from the mid 50s to around 60. Kept it dry through the day despite the increase in clouds ahead of the next system. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/... A complex low pressure system approaches from the west late Thu night and early Fri before slowly crossing the region Friday/Friday night. Guidance in good agreement with respect to potential for widespread showers/tstms and potential for heavy rain during Fri. Will limit pops to 20-30% along west of I-95 prior to 12z Fri before increasing to 60-80% all areas during Fri (highest west). Will keep similar pops Fri night with a slow exit of pcpn expected. Dry wx and high pressure returns for Sat aftn thru Sun night. Yet another system may approach fm the west late Mon. Highs in the upper 50s to upper 60s Fri, in the 60s to near 70 Sat, in the mid 60s to lower 70s Sun, and in the 60s to near 70 Mon. Lows in the 40s Thu night, in the upper 40s to mid 50s Fri night, in the 40s Sat night, and in the mid 40s to near 50 Sun night. && .AVIATION /12Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible throughout the day today, with the potential for a few storms to be strong late this afternoon and early evening. Brief sub-VFR CIGS/VSBYS will be possible in the heaviest showers/storms. Winds will remain S-SW around 10 kt. Outlook: Unsettled weather conditions will continue thru Tuesday evening due to the potential for showers and thunderstorms. Dry/VFR conditions return on Wednesday as winds shift to the north. The next storm system is expected to approach the area Friday bringing the next chance of adverse aviation conditions. && .MARINE...
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Latest obs reflect SSW flow across the waters. Surface high pressure continues to linger along and just offshore of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast this morning, as a cold front approaches from the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys. Pressure gradient will gradually tighten today, allowing gradual increase in winds this afternoon and tonight...before the front crosses the waters late this evening and overnight. SSW winds become NNW post frontal late tonight and continue through Wed, as high pressure starts to build in fm the N. While experimental wind probs are indicating a small chance for a few gusts to low end SCA in the Ches Bay Wednesday morning through midday, still do not expect predominate SCA conditions to be met thru Wed. However, winds will be marginal for much of the morning and early afternoon in the lower Chesapeake Bay and Currituck Sound, and will need to watch marginal SCA gusts during that time. Will also need to watch encroaching SSE swell on Wednesday, owing to developing system crossing south of Bermuda this morning. NWPS and WaveWatch in general agreement in depiction 5 ft seas mainly south of hatteras and offshore of the Mid-Atlantic waters, and thinking at this time is much of this energy stays well offshore. Thus, will hold Significant wave heights at 3 to 4 ft, just below SCA thresholds. Waves 1-2 ft today...building to 2-3 ft on Wed. Otherwise, cool high pressure will continue to build in from the north Wed night into Thu morning, before it slides out to sea Thu aftn and night. NNE winds 10-15 kt Wed night and early Thursday, become NE 5 to 10 kt by Thu aftn. E-NE winds 5 to 10 kt Thu night become SE 10-15 kt by Friday morning, and southerly by afternoon as a warm front lifts across the waters. Seas subside during this period of diminishing winds Wed-Thu, but increase again Friday afternoon and evening ahead of next cold front, which crosses the waters Saturday morning. Seas build back to 4-5 ft, highest toward outer waters in pre-frontal south flow. A brief period of SCA headlines is possible over the coastal zones, mainly for seas. Seas subside back into the 2-4ft range over the weekend in NNW flow aob 15kt as surface high pressure rebuilds over the waters.
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&& .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. NC...None. VA...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JDM NEAR TERM...JDM SHORT TERM...JDM/LKB LONG TERM...TMG AVIATION...JDM MARINE...MAM

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