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FXUS61 KCTP 121134

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
634 AM EST Tue Dec 12 2017

An alberta clipper will track over northwestern PA early today
with a trailing arctic cold front sweeping through the area
during the mid to late morning afternoon. A deep upper level
trough will remain over the eastern conus through the rest of
this week with another weak clipper likely affecting the area
Thursday. The upper trough will likely lift out by next weekend.
A low pressure system lifting northeast from the Great Plains
will bring a southwest flow of milder air for the weekend.


A compact, but quite potent mid/upr level vort max moving ENE
across the WRN Mtns attm will bring a brief period of rain/snow
showers as mean 925-850mb temps are near to slightly above
freezing across the southern tier with sfc temps in the mid-upr
30s. Near and to the north of the RT 22 corridor in Scent PA
boundary layer wet bulb temps are a few deg C below freezing,
which will support a few periods of primarily snow showers
through 14Z.

Short range, high res RAP and HRRR consensus brings a batch of
warm advection snowfall to the NRN mtns during the mid morning
hours with a coating to the lower terrain, and 1 to 3 inches
across the Mtns north of a KDUJ to KIPT line.

The mid level shear axis will be across the Susq Valley and
points east between 12-14Z...accompanied by a band or two of
light rain and snow showers.

QPF and snowfall amounts near and to the SE of the I-99/Route
220 corridor look to be light with a few to svrl hundredths of
an inch of LEQ at most and perhaps a ground coating of snow
(mainly across the higher terrain near and to the north of I-80,
which will be along of just to the north of the track of the
aforementioned compact mid/upr level short wave.

The main impacts from this system will come as the cold front
ushers in the coldest air of the season into PA later today,
after the arctic FROPA later this morning.

Temps peak between 35 and 40 deg F late this morning/early this
afternoon across the SE half of the CWA, while highs today
across the western mtns (in the low-mid 30s) will occur within
the next few hours, followed by falling steadily through the 20s
and into the mid teens around dusk. West to northwest winds will
pick up drastically in the wake of the shortwave and closely
trailing arctic front, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph likely across
the western mtns beginning late this morning, then developing
across the central and eastern parts of the CWA this afternoon.

Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Warren County
beginning at 12Z today, while a Winter Weather Advisory
extends south from McKean County through the Laurel Highlands in
Cambria and Somerset County.


The coldest air of the season is forecast to arrive behind
trailing arctic cold front this afternoon and tonight with more
lake effect snow lasting through midweek. Northwest Warren
County should get into some of the more robust lake effect
banding later Today and continuing into Wednesday. Lake Effect
Snow Warning in effect for this, per collaboration with BGM, for
widespread 10 to 15 inches, with local amounts up to 18 inches
over extreme northwest Warren County.

Model blended qpf supports a long duration advisory over
Elk/Mckean counties, as well as Clearfield/Cambria/Somerset
Counties where 4 to 8 inches are expected from 12z Tuesday
through 18z Wednesday.

Still some concern about snow squalls accompanying cold front
passage between 12Z-18Z today with the best values of the snow
squall parameter noted across the Lower Susq Valley for an hour
or two this afternoon. However, boundary layer temps appear
borderline for signif impacts from snow showers/squalls and
surface temps are likely to be between 35 and 40F during the
time of the best dynamics for squalls.

Gusty northwest winds and snow showers will be the main issue
Tonight into Wed. Warnings and advisories in effect until 18Z


Models show another system for Thursday. This system looks weak
and EC a little further south, as been the case. Thus just have
very light amts in. Maybe more of an impact for the far
southeast, than system for Tue into Wed.

After this the pattern supports a deep low tracking northeast
from the Great Plains for the weekend, which will result in
milder conditions. As been the case, the Gulf of Mexico is not
really open, so looking at a mainly dry weekend.

Complex pattern for Monday, perhaps a little light snow, but
nothing major.

Minor changes to the extended package.


A compact yet potent mid level shortwave sliding across the CWA
early this morning (dragging a weak occluded front along with
it) will bring brief reductions in snow showers before it moves
off to the NE by 13z.

Then attention turns to an arctic cold front sweeping through
the area during the mid to late morning afternoon. Between now
and then, generally IFR reductions will persist across the NW
mountains in snow showers. with reductions arriving at
JST by 13z and AOO/UNV/IPT by 15z. The western sections will
remain IFR for much of the day as upslope westerly flow
increases and snow showers become more widespread, with MVFR
spilling into the central mountains with lighter snow showers
likely. Winds also increase with FROPA with gusts to 30-40 mph
becoming more common by midday over the west, and 25-35 mph
gusts for this afternoon over the east. There remains some
concern for localized snow squalls accompanying cold front
passage over NW half of CWA.

Reductions continue tonight into Wed across NW half, with mainly
IFR at BFD and MVFR at JST. Winds remain very gusty as well.


Wed...Snow showers with IFR NW Mtns. Sct snow showers with MVFR
NW half. Otherwise VFR.

Wed night...Alberta Clipper could bring light snow and more
widespread reductions.

Thu-Fri...Sct snow showers NW. Reductions west.

Sat...Mainly VFR. Perhaps a snow shower north.


Winter Weather Advisory until 1 PM EST Wednesday for PAZ005-
Lake Effect Snow Warning until 1 PM EST Wednesday for PAZ004.


NEAR TERM...Dangelo/Lambert
SHORT TERM...Lambert
LONG TERM...Martin
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