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FXUS61 KPBZ 110344
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
1044 PM EST WED FEB 10 2016

.SYNOPSIS...
SNOW SHOWERS WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH THURSDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL
CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH THE WEEK WITH BITTER COLD TO START THE
WEEKEND.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/...
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS SOUTH OF PITTSBURGH WILL CONTINUE TO DIMINISH
OVERNIGHT AS LATEST SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS BANDING BECOMING MORE
AND MORE DISORGANIZED. THE HRRR HAS ACTUALLY DONE PRETTY WELL WITH
BANDS THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING...BUT JUST CANT FULLY BUY IN ON THE
IDEA OF SNOW SHOWERS COMPLETELY DISSIPATING OVER THE AREA TONIGHT
WITH THE COMBO OF STILL WIDE OPEN GREAT LAKES AND ARCTIC AIR. NO
CHANGES WERE MADE TO CURENT ADEVISORIES BUT MAY NEED TO THINK
ABOUT PULLING THEM EARLY IF TRENDS CONTINUE.

DRIER AIR WILL WORK IN TOMORROW BUT WITH A WINDOW OF MEAN
NORTHWEST LOW LEVEL FLOW SOME LAKE BANDS WILL CONTINUE NORTH WITH
UPSLOPE SNOW SHOWERS INTO THE RIDGES. TEMPERATURES GENERALLY IN
LINE WITH NEWER MODELS...AND WITH WINDS REMAINING ELEVATED
OVERNIGHT WIND CHILLS IN THE SOUTHEAST RIDGES WILL FALL TO 10 TO
15 BELOW ZERO TOWARD DAYBREAK. SNOW AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY ON THE HIGH
SIDE BUT LITTLE CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS NUMBERS.

&&

.SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...
WEAK HIGH PRESSURE WILL END SNOW SHOWERS THURSDAY NIGHT WITH WELL
BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. EVEN COLDER AIR WILL SURGE SOUTH
LATER FRIDAY AS ARCTIC VORTEX DROPS SOUTH. FRONT WILL CROSS
REGION LATER FRIDAY WITH A ROUND OF SNOW SHOWERS INTO FRIDAY
NIGHT. BIGGER STORY WILL BE WIND CHILLS LATER FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SATURDAY 15 TO POSSIBLY 25 BELOW ZERO AS WINDS REMAIN UP AND
TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE SINGLE  DIGITS. HEADLINES FOR WIND
CHILLS WILL LIKELY BE NECESSARY.

&&

.LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
SKIES SHOULD BEGIN TO CLEAR OUT SATURDAY NIGHT AS HIGH PRESSURE
BUILDS INTO THE REGION. ALTHOUGH IT IS EARLY TO SORT OUT EFFECTS
OF FRESH SNOWPACK AND JUST HOW MUCH RADIATIONAL COOLING WILL OCCUR
DUE TO CLEARING SKIES...MODELS REMAIN IN GOOD AGREEMENT THAT
SATURDAY NIGHT WILL BE THE COLDEST NIGHT OF THE WINTER WITH
TEMPERATURES IN MANY LOCATIONS BELOW 0F.

SUNDAY SHOULD REMAIN DRY BEFORE THE NEXT SYSTEM MOVES IN BETWEEN
SUNDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY. MODELS ARE NOT IN AS GOOD AGREEMENT WITH
THIS SYSTEM TODAY AS THEY WERE YESTERDAY...WITH SOME MODEL
GUIDANCE NOW BRINGING IN THE SYSTEM FROM THE SOUTHWEST INSTEAD OF
THE WEST-NORTHWEST...WHICH WOULD AFFECT BOTH COVERAGE AND TIMING
OF ANY PRECIPITATION. WINDS MAY BE FAVORABLE FOR SOME LAKE EFFECT
SNOW SHOWERS BEHIND THE SYSTEM...WITH A WEAK SYSTEM APPROACHING BY
WEDNESDAY. WHILE SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT WILL ALSO BE
COLD...TEMPERATURES SHOULD BEGIN TO APPROACH NORMAL VALUES AGAIN
FOR THE WORK WEEK.

&&

.AVIATION /03Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
SNOW SQUALL JUST NORTH OF BVI AND SOUTH OF DUJ WILL CONTINUE ITS
TREK SOUTHEASTWARD THIS EVENING...PER THE LATEST HRRR MODEL. THE
TIMING IS LINING UP WELL WITH THE LATEST MODEL RUN...SO TEMPO
GROUPS WERE ADJUSTED FOR LIFR CONDITIONS AT PIT...AGC...AND BVI.
THE HRRR DOESN`T HAVE THE BAND MAKING IT AS FAR SOUTH AS HLG BUT
WILL TREND TO DETERIORATING VISIBILITY ANYHOW.

ONCE THIS SNOW SQUALL PASSES...MOST OF THE GUIDANCE SUGGESTS SOME
IMPROVEMENT...AT LEAST IN VISIBILITY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE
NIGHT. A SW TO NW WIND SHIFT IS EXPECTED TOWARD MORNING...WITH
UPSTREAM OBS BRINGING THE RETURN OF WIND GUSTS NEAR 20KTS. THIS
WILL RESUME THE CHANCE FOR LAKE ENHANCED SNOW SHOWERS AND
OCCASIONALVISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS...ESPECIALLY FOR THE NORTHERN
TAF SITES. ELSEWHERE...GUIDANCE TRIES TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS BY
MIDDAY...AS A SURFACE RIDGE ATTEMPTS TO BUILD EASTWARD.

.OUTLOOK.../THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
OCCASIONAL RESTRICTIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE PERIOD UNDER
COLD UPPER-LEVEL TROUGHING. WHILE THURSDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY
SHOULD BE GENERALLY DRY...SCATTERED TO WIDESPREAD SNOW SHOWERS ARE
EXPECTED FRIDAY...SATURDAY...AND MONDAY.

&&

.PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MD...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 7 PM EST THURSDAY FOR MDZ001.
OH...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 7 AM EST THURSDAY FOR OHZ041.
PA...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 7 PM EST THURSDAY FOR PAZ007>009-
     015-074-076.
     WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 7 AM EST THURSDAY FOR PAZ013-014-
     016-020>023-073-075.
WV...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 7 PM EST THURSDAY FOR WVZ510>514.

&&

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