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FXUS61 KBOX 101200

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
700 AM EST Sat Dec 10 2016

Mainly dry, but unseasonably cold temperatures are on tap for our
region through mid afternoon Sunday. Low pressure will bring
accumulating snow to much of the region Sunday night and Monday
morning, which will likely change to rain on the coastal plain.
Unsettled and uncertain weather continues through much of the rest
of the week. Regardless, a shot of arctic air appears to close out
next week.


7 AM Update...Cold temperatures out there with most in the teens
to lower 20s. Wind chills are in the single digits to teens with
light winds for most areas and up to 10 to 15 mph along the coast.
Made a few minor updates to the temperatures for the latest trends
but otherwise the forecast is on track.

Southern New England will remain between two surface systems, a
low pressure over the Maritimes, and a high pressure over the
central USA, for one more day. Expecting another day of gusty
west-northwest winds, but not quite as strong as Friday.

One more mid level shortwave will also pass us by. However, there
is not a lot of moisture for it to work with. Expecting another
day of diurnal clouds, but not much more than that. The greatest
risk for any showers will be offshore, where the humidity will be

Max temperatures should be 5-10 degrees lower than Friday.


High pressure reaches the mid Atlantic coast late tonight, then
moves offshore Sunday. Winds will diminish, setting the stage for
another cold night. Winds become light southwest during Sunday,
which will help to boost temperatures slightly. Dry weather


***Accumulating snow Sunday night into Monday will pose a
significant impact to the Monday morning commute north and west of
the Boston/Providence corridor***

* Snowfall estimates unchanged from previous forecasts
* Unsettled weather continues through the middle of the week
* Another round of arctic air late in the week

Sunday night and Monday...High confidence in snow event occurring,
lower confidence in details.

Models are in much better agreement than in previous days on this
event. That being said, there is still a decent amount of
uncertainty. Minor changes in the path and timing of both the main
low and the secondary low could result in significant changes to the
timing and amount of snow.

Low pressure in the Great Lakes will move through Quebec and into
the Maritimes.  One of the things models differ on is the
development of a secondary low and its timing and location.  The GFS
and its ensembles are in excellent agreement, developing a secondary
low somewhere in the tri-state region early Monday morning.  The
ECMWF and its ensembles are also in great agreement, developing the
secondary low in the Gulf of Maine Monday afternoon.

This system will bring a period of accumulating snow to much of
southern New England. Light snow will begin Sunday evening as warm
air starts moving in over the arctic air at the surface. With very
cold air in place over the region, everyone should start as snow. As
the low level jet increases in response to the low pressure system
in the Great Lakes late Sunday night, snow will intensify. At this
point, it appears the heaviest snow will coincide with the Monday
morning commute.

While everyone will start as snow, expect a quick change to rain
particularly along the south coast, Cape, and Islands.  Elsewhere,
snow will gradually change to rain through Monday morning.  The
speed at which this occurs and the extent of the rain will depend on
when and where the secondary low develops and how quickly the warmer
air moves into the region.

Tuesday and Wednesday...Low confidence.

While there continue to be discrepancies in the models, this looks
to be the driest, quietest period of the long term forecast with
temperatures starting to cool but still near normal.  Previous
models have indicated another storm system affecting southern New
England.  The 00Z model runs show a coastal storm, but keeps it far
enough offshore to not affect southern New England.

Thursday and Friday...Low confidence.

Another shot of arctic air moves into southern New England as high
pressure builds into the region.  Temperatures will be well below


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Sunday/...High confidence.

VFR through this period. Low risk of MVFR cigs across the outer
Cape today. Northwest wind gusts of 20 to 25 knots at times today,
especially across the higher elevations.

KBOS TAF...High confidence in TAF.

KBDL TAF...High confidence in TAF.

Outlook /Sunday Night through Wednesday/...

Sunday night through Monday...Moderate confidence.  MVFR/IFR
conditions develop in snow Sunday night.  Snow may change to rain
across portions of the coastal plain early Monday.  Accumulating
snow is likely across the interior.  Some improvement is likely late
Monday as precipitation comes to an end.

Monday night through Wednesday...Low confidence.  Improving
conditions. Mainly VFR. Low probability of a precip event with
MVFR/IFR conditions sometime late Tuesday or Wednesday.


Forecaster Confidence Levels.

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Sunday/...High confidence.

Gusty northwest winds will diminish from west to east this
afternoon into this evening. Rough seas will also subside
overnight. Will stagger the expiration of Small Craft Advisories
into tonight.

Outlook /Sunday Night through Wednesday/...

Sunday night and Monday...Moderate confidence.  Seas below 5 feet
will increase from the south as low pressure approaches the waters.
Winds increase as well and small craft advisories will be necessary.
There is a moderate probability of a period of westerly gales.

Tuesday...Moderate confidence.  Westerly to southwesterly winds and
seas slowly diminish. Small craft advisories will likely continue
through much of Tuesday.

Wednesday...Low confidence.  Southwesterly winds shift to the
northwest and increase, along with the seas.  Small craft
advisories are likely.


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EST this evening for
     Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EST this evening for ANZ231.
     Small Craft Advisory until midnight EST tonight for ANZ250-255.
     Small Craft Advisory until 11 AM EST this morning for ANZ251.
     Small Craft Advisory until 3 AM EST Sunday for ANZ254.


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