Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KALY 231451
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Albany NY
951 AM EST Mon Jan 23 2017
A storm system over the southeastern United States will move
northeastward off the mid Atlantic coast tonight and will pass
to the south of Long Island Tuesday. This storm will bring
widespread precipitation to the area in the form of snow, sleet
and rain along with some strong easterly winds. The
precipitation will overspread the area today especially this
afternoon and continue through the overnight moderate to heavy
at times then is expected to taper off Tuesday morning.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
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with our 12Z sounding, we will delay the onset of precipitation
by a couple more hours as 12HR difference in our sounding
reveals a drier air mass (likely due to the increasing ENE wind
where dewpoints upstream are a few degrees cooler). No other
changes to the ongoing headlines as precipitation should advance
from south to north late this afternoon.
Colder solution with more snow in the forecast than yesterday,
however not enough to warrant a change in headline type.
However, did adjust the end time of the Winter Weather
The Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 1 PM today
until 1 PM Tuesday for the eastern Catskills, mid Hudson
Valley, Schoharie Valley, Mohawk Valley, Helderbergs, Capital
District, Taconics, Berkshires and northwest CT.
The Winter Weather Advisory is now effect from 7 PM today until
1 PM on Tuesday for the southern Adirondacks, Lake George
Saratoga Region and southern VT.
The Wind Advisory remain in effect for the Taconics and western
New England for today through 7 AM Tuesday.
The storm system gathering strength over the southeastern United
States with pressure falls occurring along the va/nc coast.
Storm will move northeastward toward the mid Atlantic coast
today. Precipitation associated with the storm will overspread
the area today mainly during the afternoon which is a slower
than previously expected as ridging noses southeastern across
the region. Initially light rain and/or snow is expected with
chances for sleet increasing as the precipitation become
steadier and heavier toward evening as the we wet bulb.
Generally less than a half of an inch of snow is expected by
early evening with up to around an inch across the central and
Easterly winds already gusting across the higher terrain of
western New England into the Taconics. Speed will increase to
15 to 25 mph today with gusts becoming strong at 40 to 50 mph.
Another day with above normal temperatures with not much of a
range. Looking at highs upper 20s to upper 30s.
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.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/...
The storm system will move northeastward off the mid Atlantic
coast tonight and will pass to the south of Long Island Tuesday.
It`s a very complicated forecast as guidance as not come in
agreement and QPF amounts are high. The NAM continues to bring a
warm nose in aloft across the area tonight while the GFS is
colder. Collaboration was to use a blended forecast and this
overall resulted in colder solution the inherited forecast and
higher snowfall totals.
The bulk of the precipitation and snowfall will occur tonight as
the associated strong low level jet moves in and across the
region. Snowfall of 4 to 6 inches north and west of the Capital
District and across portions of southern VT is expected tonight
with lesser amounts to the southern and east as precipitation
types will vary more through the storm. At this time based on
the expected thermal profiles looking total snowfall amounts of
6 to 8 inches across the southern Adirondacks, Lake George
Saratoga region, Mohawk Valley, Schoharie Valley, Helderbergs,
eastern Catskills and much of southern VT. Four to 6 inches
across the rest of southern VT and the Berkshires into the
Litchfield Hills and 2 to 4 inches in the Capital District into
portion of the mid Hudson Valley with lesser amounts farther to
The steadier and heavier precipitation is expected to taper off
by Tuesday afternoon hence the change in the expiration time of
the winter weather advisories. Little additional snowfall is
expected in the afternoon. However still looking at a variety
of p-types snow, rain and sleet. Again no big change in temperatures
tonight and Tuesday. Will turn colder Tuesday night as the
storm moves off to the northeast with northwest and decreased
cloud cover; lows in the 20s.
Easterly winds will be at their strongest tonight as the region
is squeezed between the ridge to the northeast and deepening
storm as it moves off the mid Atlantic coast.
.LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
At the start of the extended period, a brief period of ridging will
be in place for Wednesday morning. However, a fast moving storm
system will quickly be approaching from the Great Lakes for late in
the day into Wednesday night. This storm, a clipper-type storm,
will be a moisture starved northern stream system. With a s-sw flow
ahead of this system, temps will reach the mid 30s to mid 40s across
the area for Wednesday with a partly to mostly cloudy sky. Some
rain showers will be possible by late in the day, mainly for areas
north of the Mohawk River, although the best chance will likely be
on Wednesday night. As colder air works into the region, the rain
showers may change to snow showers before precip ends by Thursday
morning, but QPF will be very light due to the limited moisture
Behind this front, an upper level trough will be situated over the
Northeast for Thursday into the weekend. This will allow gradually
colder air to work into the region, with temps lowering from the mid
30s to mid 40s on Thursday into the mid 20s to mid 30s for Friday
into the weekend. As colder air continues to work into the region
aloft, some lake-enhanced and upslope snow showers will be possible,
mainly for across the Adirondacks, western Mohawk Valley, eastern
Catskills and southern Vermont for the late-week period. A few
passing snow showers/flurries will also be possible from the time to
time across the Lake George-Saratoga Region and Capital Region as
well, although any accumulations looks mainly limited to northern
and western parts of the area, especially across the higher
elevations. Sky cover will be mostly cloudy for the majority of the
region due to the lake-enhanced precip around, but the best chance
for seeing some breaks will be across the mid-Hudson Valley and
.AVIATION /15Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
Abundant low-level moisture trapped beneath an inversion will
continue to allow for bkn-ovc cigs today. Precip looks to hold off
until the evening hours, so it should remain dry through much of the
day. Although there may be brief periods of VFR flying conditions
this morning at KGFL/KALB, cigs will generally be around 2-3 kft,
allowing for MVFR conditions through much of the day. E-NE winds
will increase to 10-15 kts with some higher gusts at times.
Steady precipitation will arrive from south to north during the
evening hours. Precip looks to begin as rain (perhaps mixing with
sleet) at KPOU by 00z. It should reach KPSF by 01-02z, KALB by 02z
and KGFL by 04z. At KPSF/KALB/KGFL, it looks to begin as a mix of
snow/sleet, with precip gradually becoming more and more snow at
KALB/KGFL towards 04z-06z. Some snow may even start to mix in at
KPOU towards 06z at times as well. Once snow/sleet begins, flying
conditions will become IFR for both vsbys and eventually cigs as
well. The precip may become moderate to brief heavy in intensity for
the late night hours as well, with the potential for LIFR
conditions. NE winds will continue to be strong with sustained winds
of 15-20 kts and gusts approaching 30 kts at times, mainly for
KALB/KPSF. Precip will start to taper off and decrease in intensity
towards 12z Tuesday, but flying conditions will continue to be IFR
right into Tuesday morning.
Tuesday Night: Moderate Operational Impact. Chance of RA...SN...SLEET.
Wednesday: Slight Chance of SHRA.
Wednesday Night: Low Operational Impact. Slight Chance of SHRA...SHSN.
Thursday: Low Operational Impact. Slight Chance of SHRA...SHSN.
Thursday Night: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Friday: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Friday Night: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Saturday: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Widespread precipitation will overspread the area today especially
this afternoon and is forecast to taper off Tuesday morning. Expecting
1 to 1 1/2 inches of QPF across the forecast are occurring in
variety of precipitation types. Snow is expected to be the dominate
p-type north and west of the Capital District and across southern
VT. Minor tidal flooding is forecast on the Hudson River at
Poughkeepsie with the high tide cycle this evening. The latest
MMEFS does not indicate flooding on any main stems rivers.
Expecting within bank river rises are expected to occur.
Looking at chances for rain and/or snow showers through Thursday
then colder weather with chances for snow showers from Friday
into next weekend.
For details on specific area rivers and lakes, including
observed and forecast river stages and lake elevations, please
visit the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service /AHPS/ graphs
on our website.
CT...Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 1 PM EST
Tuesday for CTZ001-013.
Wind Advisory until 7 AM EST Tuesday for CTZ001-013.
NY...Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 1 PM EST
Tuesday for NYZ038>040-047>054-058>061-063>066.
Wind Advisory until 7 AM EST Tuesday for NYZ054-061-066.
Winter Weather Advisory from 7 PM this evening to 1 PM EST
Tuesday for NYZ032-033-041>043-082>084.
MA...Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 1 PM EST
Tuesday for MAZ001-025.
Wind Advisory until 7 AM EST Tuesday for MAZ001-025.
VT...Wind Advisory until 7 AM EST Tuesday for VTZ013>015.
Winter Weather Advisory from 7 PM this evening to 1 PM EST
Tuesday for VTZ013>015.