Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KPHI 042020

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
320 PM EST Sun Dec 4 2016

High pressure will retreat northward tonight. A weak disturbance
will affect the area tonight into early Monday, before high pressure
briefly builds in again Monday night. On Tuesday, and area of low
pressure will split as it moves across the Appalachians to our south.
The interior low will weaken Tuesday night, while the coastal low
strengthens as it lifts northward overnight. Another low moving
across south central Canada may drag a weakening frontal boundary
across the area late Tuesday night into early Wednesday. These lows
are forecast to weaken through Thursday as another low develops near
the Mid Atlantic. As this low lifts northward, it will likely
combine with the other two and strengthen to our north Friday into
Saturday as high pressure builds to the west, then across the area
Saturday night into Sunday.


High pressure centered just SW of the Delmarva move off the Mid-
Atlantic coast this evening. Meanwhile, H5 trough/shortwave combo
will move from the Midwest into Great Lakes/OH Valley area. This
will allow low pressure over the Gulf Coast to continue to organize
and develop as it lifts to the north and east.

Dry conditions on tap for this evening. Mid and high clouds will
increase and thicken as they spread into the region from the south
and west. Overunning precip associated with the developing low
should hold off until around midnight or so for SW portions of the

Cold airmass will be slow to depart. Overnight lows will drop into
the low to mid 30s for much of the southern portions of the CWA, but
for the Lehigh Valley, Pocono Mountains, northern NJ, and the Pine
Barrens of NJ, can expect temps to drop into the upper 20s/low 30s.
As a result, precip will initially fall in the form of snow from
onset through around 6 AM. Temps in the Pine Barrens should warm up
relatively quickly into the mid and upper 30s shortly after onset of
precip, so would expect a rain/snow mix there. But for the Lehigh
Valley, Pocono Mountains, and northern NJ, a prolonged period of
snow is expected to fall through daybreak or so, impacting the
morning commute with about 1-2" snow. Think totals will fall short
of the 3" required for a Winter Weather Advisory, so will not issue
one with this forecast package. Instead, a Special Weather Statement
will be issued this evening to cover this accumulating snow for the
morning commute.

One thing the area has going for it in terms of minimizing the QPF
tonight is that the models are indicating a split between the
northern stream system and the southern stream system. The Gulf low
looks to track to the north and east, but late tonight, looks to
pass south of the Mid-Atlantic area. Meanwhile, a secondary low will
develop associated with the upper trough, and that will lift into
western, then central and northern NY state. As a result, 1/4" or so
of QPF is likely for the Delmarva, but temps there will be warm
enough to keep precip all rain. Up to 1/5" inch liquid QPF possible
for northern zones, but if that northern low stays on a track a bit
farther to the north, then less QPF, and therefore, less snow would

By daybreak, temps will begin to warm up across northern zones to
allow some rain to mix with the snow.


Rain tapers off fairly quickly from west to east Monday morning, and
conditions should be dry throughout the region by lunchtime. Clouds
will gradually scour out as high pressure begins to build in from
the west.

Highs on Monday will top off either right around normal or a couple
of degrees above normal, generally in the upper 30s to low 40s
across the Poconos, to the upper 40s to around 50 most elsewhere.
Highs in the Delmarva will get into the low to mid 50s.


High pressure briefly builds across the area overnight Monday.
This high will provide cool and dry weather. This dry weather will
only be temporary, as the high pressure will be retreating during
the afternoon ahead of an approaching storm system by early
Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, an area of low pressure will be moving across the
Appalachians to our south, and is expected to split into two
separate lows. The interior low is forecast to weaken and likely
will be absorbed by a frontal boundary associated with an area of
low pressure across south central Canada. This frontal boundary is
expected to move across the area Tuesday night into early Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the second low to our south will move offshore and
strengthen off the coast to our south. As the lows and frontal
boundary approach from the south, we expect enhanced moisture and
lift to spread across our area as several short waves aloft move
across the area. Low clouds and precipitation chances will increase
from south to north late in the day into the evening Tuesday, and
continue during the overnight. Temperatures will likely be cold
enough for some wintry precipitation across portions of the area,
especially up north where a period of freezing rain may occur
overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

By Wednesday morning, the frontal boundary is expected to be north
of the area, while the low off the coast weakens east of the area.
However, we may still be under the influence of a surface trough
associated with this low through the day Wedensday, especially
early. As a couple of short wave/vorticity impulses slide across the
area, we could continue to have low clouds and precipitation affect
the area. Wednesday night could end up being dry as any short waves
lift to the north, but clouds will likely linger through the night.

By Thursday, a new area of low pressure could form near the Mid
Altantic states, although models differ with their placement of
where the low develops. This low will lift to the northeast and
combine with the two previous lows to our north and strengthen
through Friday and Saturday. As the low initially moves across the
area Thursday, there is the potential for showers to develop across
the area as a strong short waves crosses the area as well.

As this low strengthens to our north, a strong west to northwest
flow will develop across the area. Steep lapse rates will be in
place across the area Friday along with and enhanced low-mid level
moisture across the northern portions of the area and farther north.
This could lead to lake effect snow or rain showers Friday, which
could possibly continue into Saturday up north.

High pressure is expected to build across the area Saturday night
into Sunday which should provide a dry forecast for the end of the

One thing for sure for the end of the week into the weekend,
regardless of precipitation, it will get cold and windy for the
latter portion of Thursday, but especially Friday and Saturday.


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

VFR conditions through around 06Z Monday. BKN CIGs of 4000 FT will
develop later this evening and going into tonight. NW winds less
than 10 KT will become LGT/VRB this evening.

MVFR conditions develop in rain for most terminals, but snow at
KABE/KRDG. Snow will eventually mix with and change to plain rain by
daybreak Monday, and an inch or so of accumulation is possible
during that time.

By daybreak, IFR CIGs likely as low pressure passes through the
region. Could be some spotty IFR VSBYs, but confidence too low to
include in TAF at this time.

Wind become SE 5 KT or less by daybreak, and behind departing low,
winds shift to the W-NW and increase to 5-10 KT.

Precip tapers off from west to east between 15Z-18Z, and
conditions improve to VFR.


Monday night...VFR conditions expected.

Tuesday-Tuesday night...VFR conditions early, lowering to MVFR/IFR
by midday and continues through the night with periods of
rain/fog/drizzle likely. Winds likely become gusty 15-20 knots out
of the northwest late in the day.

Wednesday-Wednesday night...Rain likely ends during the morning, but
lower clouds may linger through the day and into the evening.

Thursday-Thursday night...Generally VFR, but scattered showers are
possible during the day which may temporarily lower conditions.
Gusty northwest winds 15-20 knots.

Friday..Generally VFR, scattered showers possible, especially across
the north. Gusty northwest winds 25-30 knots.


Sub-SCA conditions in place tonight through Monday. Winds become
LGT/VRB tonight as high pressure departs. A light SE flow will
develop by daybreak, but that will shift to the W-NW during the day
Monday as low pressure passes through through the waters. Could have
gusts to 20 KT on the ocean waters Monday afternoon as the gradient
tightens between high pressure building in from the west and the
departing low.

Reduced VSBYs are expected in rain/fog from after midnight tonight
through midday Monday.


Monday night-Tuesday...Sub-Small Craft Advisory conditions expected.

Tuesday night...Small Craft Advisory winds likely.

Wednesday-Wednesday night...Winds likely drop below advisory levels,
but seas could remain above 5 feet.

Thursday-Thursday night...Northwest winds increase to Small Craft
Advisory levels late in the day and into the night.

Friday...Small Craft Advisory level winds continue, possibly
approaching gale force.





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