Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KPHI 111125

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
625 AM EST Sun Dec 11 2016

Low pressure crossing the Great Lakes region Sunday night lifts a
warm front into our area. This will be quickly followed by a cold
front pushing through the region Monday afternoon as the center of
the low moves to Maine. Another cold front is expected Wednesday or
Wednesday night. Strong high pressure builds east through the end of
the work week bringing our coldest air of the season so far Thursday
and Friday.


A band of flurries has developed from central Delmarva back
towards south central PA. This is modeled by high resolution
models such as the HRRR. Since this band is well displaced from
the lift associated with the short wave trough, and the surface
high remains in place, do not expect this band to last long. In
fact the HRRR shows it dissipating within the next few hours.
Updated the forecast to include a mention of isolated flurries
through mid morning.

Otherwise, the High pressure across the area early this morning
will shift offshore by midday. Clouds will increase through the
morning, especially across the northern half of the area, as low-
mid level moisture increases. A short wave/vorticity impulse is
expected to move across the area from late morning into the
afternoon, which should create some enhanced lift across the area.
With this enhanced lift and moisture combination, an area of light
snow could develop and spread across the northern half of the
area, basically from I-78 northward. A light dusting to around an
inch of snow is possible this afternoon, with the highest amounts
expected across the northern areas, I-80 northward.


A break in the snow is possible early this evening as the lead short
wave passes eastward, but this break in precipitation will only be
temporary. A warm front will lift northward across the area tonight
as an area of low pressure moves into the Great Lakes region. A
couple of short wave/vorticity impulses will spread across the area
during the overnight, which will help enhance lift across the area
as low-mid level moisture spread through the region. This will lead
to an extended period of precipitation. The question becomes what the
P-types will be. As the precipitation first develops and spreads
across the area, it should start out as snow. However, as
temperatures begin to warm, especially aloft, we should begin having
a change over to a wintry mix. We extended the Winter Weather
Advisory a tier of counties southward, and have kept the advisory
the same for the counties that were already in it. Highest snow
amounts are expected to be across the northern areas from I-78/I-80
northward where 3-5 inches is possible. South of this area in the
advisory, a dusting to 1-2 inches is possible. With the freezing
rain, a trace to less than one-tenth of an inch of ice is expected
before a change over to all rain.


Monday...though the warm front should be most if not all the way
through the region by sunrise, a wintry mix may linger in the
Poconos and NW NJ through mid morning where the terrain may help
to keep the cold air entrenched in the boundary layer. Still, by
15Z, expect all precip to be rain. Precip should end quickly from
west to east from mid day through the afternoon as the cold front
sweeps through the region, also bringing dry air advection.

Monday night though Tuesday...Some cold air advection behind the
cold front. A high tries to build in briefly, bringing mostly
tranquil weather for this period. cold front arrives. Still considerable
uncertainty on how far north will be the extend of precip
associated with an off shore low. If there is any for our region,
it should be mostly snow, but does not look to be a major snow
producer at this point.

Thursday through Friday...Still looking like this period will be
the coldest temperatures of the season so far, with many locations
staying below freezing through the 2 days.

Saturday and Sunday...Still watching a closed low that could be
lifting from the plains into the great lakes region through this
period, though there remains quite a bit of uncertainty with the
exact track.


The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG,
KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.

VFR conditions continue for the first half of today, although cloud
cover will increase. A period of light snow could develop and spread
across the area this afternoon, especially for ABE and RDG. If the
snow does develop, it could lead to MVFR conditions. The rest of the
TAF sites have a smaller chance, so we only have a PROB30 in for
now. A break in the snowfall is expected this evening with VFR
conditions, before diminishing conditions overnight. MVFR, then IFR
conditions are expected to develop overnight as snow develops and
spread across the area. A change over to a wintry mix of sleet and
freezing rain is possible for ABE, RDG, and TTN overnight, before
changing to all rain by Monday morning. For ILG, PHL, PNE southward,
the snow should change over to plain rain as temperatures warm
overnight and no freezing rain is expected.

Light and variable winds early this morning will become
southwesterly later this morning as high pressure moves offshore. As
a warm front lifts into the area tonight, wind will become more

Monday...MVFR and localized IFR conditions (mostly for ceilings)
in the morning should improve to VFR through the afternoon hours.
Any precip at the TAF sites should be all rain after 12Z Monday.

Monday night...VFR. Breezy northwesterly winds possible during the
evening hours.

Tuesday...VFR conditions expected.

Wednesday...MVFR or even IFR conditions are possible if wintry
precip moves into the region. Gusty northwesterly winds by night.

Thursday...VFR conditions expected. windy conditions possible
through the day with northwest wind gusts up to 30 kt.


Sub-Small Craft Advisory conditions will persist across the waters
today as high pressure builds across the area early, then offshore
during today. Winds are expected to increase tonight as a warm front
lifts across the waters and reach Small Craft Advisory level by
midnight. Conditions could approach gale force, but with
uncertainty, have only issued a Small Craft Advisory for now and
let later shifts upgrade if needed.

Monday...On the coastal waters, SCA conditions are expected
through the day and for the first half of Monday night. Given warm
air advection over relatively cool waters, transfer is expected to
be poor, so even though there could be very strong winds just
above the surface, gale force gusts, if any, are expected to be
limited to the outer coastal waters. Will continue to monitor this
potential though. On the Delaware Bay, SCA conditions are expected
to be confined to the lower Bay, though on the upper Bay, gusts
near or above 20 kt will be possible behind the cold front.

Tuesday...winds and seas should drop below SCA criteria before
sunrise and sub SCA conditions should continue for the remainder
of the day.

Wednesday...winds and seas should stay below SCA criteria.

Wedensday night and Thursday...behind a cold front, strong west
northwest winds are expected. winds should gust to at least 30kt
on the coastal waters, and may gust to gale force at times.


PA...Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 9 AM EST
     Monday for PAZ054-055-062.
     Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 6 AM EST
     Monday for PAZ060-061-105.
     Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 4 AM EST
     Monday for PAZ101-103-104-106.
NJ...Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 9 AM EST
     Monday for NJZ001-007-008.
     Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 6 AM EST
     Monday for NJZ009-010.
     Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 4 AM EST
     Monday for NJZ012-015.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 1 AM EST
     Tuesday for ANZ450>455.
     Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 1 PM EST
     Monday for ANZ431.


Near Term...Johnson/Robertson
Short Term...Robertson
Long Term...Johnson
Marine...Johnson/Robertson is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.