Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Raleigh NC
1227 PM EST Sun Feb 26 2017

.SYNOPSIS...
High pressure will move in from the west today, then move offshore
later tonight and Monday. A warm front will approach from the south
late Monday, then move north of the region Tuesday.

&&

NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
As of 840 AM SUNDAY...

Flow aloft has become quasi-zonal in the wake of upper trough
exiting the Mid-Atlantic region. While at the surface, modified cP
parent high centered over the TN Valley this morning will shift east
over the area through the afternoon and then slip offshore late
tonight and into the day on Monday. This means that the cooler-more
seasonable temperatures will be very short-lived. Highs today
ranging from mid 50s NW to around 60 SE.

Batch of broken high clouds in advance of the sheared shortwave
energy ejecting eastward across the Lower MS Valley will bring an
increase in high clouds late tonight/during the predawn hours Monday
morning, which could temper low temps just a bit. Overnight lows in
the 30s.

&&

.SHORT TERM /MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT/...
As of 403 AM SUNDAY...

We trimmed back POP for Monday night to very low chances due to the
drying up trend in the models. The warm frontal energy and moisture
is expected to be directed more northward up the west side of the
Appalachians, with some lingering ridging over central and eastern NC
into Monday night. The skies will become mostly cloudy, but mostly
"dead" clouds (not precipitation producing). Highs generally in the
60s with lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

&&

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
As of 355 AM Sunday...

A warming trend will continue early next week, peaking on Wednesday
in advance of a strong cold front. However, deep southwesterly flow
early to mid next week will allow for plenty of moisture/clouds
along with periods of isolated to scattered showers Tuesday through
Wednesday. A band of showers and thunderstorms will likely accompany
the strong cold front late Wednesday into early Thursday morning.
Deep layer shear will be impressive with this system, on the order
of 50-60 kts, but diurnal timing will be poor with any convective
line moving across the area overnight. Nonetheless, we should at
least see some storms, with at least a small severe threat
(depending on the amount of instability). High temps Tuesday and
Wednesday are expected to generally be in the 70s, with possibly
some lower 80s on Wednesday across southern and eastern portions of
the area. Low temps will follow a similar trend, well above normal,
in the upper 50s to lower 60s on Wednesday morning.

Dry weather is generally expected behind the front as surface high
pressure is expected to initially build into the area, before a
reinforcing dry cold front moves across the area on Friday. High
temps behind the initial front late next week are expected to be in
the 60s. High Friday and Saturday are expected to be in the 50s to
near 60 south. Low are expected to be in the 30s late week into the
weekend.

&&

.AVIATION /18Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
As of 1227 PM Sunday...

24 Hour TAF Period: There is high confidence of VFR conditions
through the 24 hour TAF period, as surface high pressure moves east
across the region, becoming positioned off the NC coast Monday
afternoon. Northwesterly winds in the 6 to 11 kt range will become
light as variable late this afternoon and evening as the high shifts
overhead, and will become south-southeasterly on Monday.

Outlook: Warm moist air advection ahead of a upper level disturbance
could produce the next chance for sub-VFR conditions Monday night
with isolated to widely scattered showers possible. Scattered
showers along with the threat of sub-VFR conditions could linger
into Tuesday and Tuesday night. A cold front passage late Wed night
or early Thu will bring a better chance for showers and possibly a
few thunderstorms. Cool high pressure building into the area
Thursday and Friday will bring a return to VFR conditions for late
in the week and into the weekend.

&&

.RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
None.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...Badgett
NEAR TERM...CBL
SHORT TERM...Badgett
LONG TERM...BSD
AVIATION...CBL



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