Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
230 PM EDT Sat Mar 25 2017

.SYNOPSIS...
High pressure will extend over the area from offshore through
early next week. A cold front will move through Wednesday. A
warm front will move through from the southwest Friday.

&&

.NEAR TERM /TODAY/...
As of 1030 AM Saturday...Minor update for hourly temp trends.
Fair weather forecast on track with high pressure surface and
aloft dominating. Thin cirrus will continue to move across from
west-southwest this afternoon with some CU/SCU development as
well but temps still warming into mid- upper 70s most of area.

/Previous discussion/
As of 630 AM Saturday...High pressure offshore will continue
extend across Eastern NC through tonight producing a dry/mild
southerly flow across the region. An area of high Cirrus clouds
will continue to spread over the area today while scattered to
broken cumulus clouds develop with heating during the afternoon.
There still should be sufficient insolation to allow temps to
reach their projected highs in the mid to upper 70s inland and
around 70 beaches.

&&

.SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/...
As of 250 AM Saturday...With high pressure continuing to remain
across the area expect continued dry/mild conditions to prevail
tonight. Could see patchy fog and low clouds develop late as
winds may decouple inland while the low levels become saturated.
Forecast lows will be 50 to 55. Sunday, partly cloudy with highs
in the upper 60s/70 along the Outer Banks and low/mid 70s
inland.

&&

.LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...
As of 230 PM Sat...Above to near normal temperatures expected
through the period...with scattered showers and isolated
thunderstorms early in the week, then again late week.

Sunday night through Wednesday night...High pressure will
remain anchored off the southeast coast through Tuesday, as
frontal boundary slowly approaches from the west. Warm moist
S/SW flow expected across the region, and low level thickness
values support highs in the upper 60s/low 70s along the Outer
Banks, and low to upper 70s inland...could see some spots flirt
with 80 degrees. Overnight lows generally in the 50s. Isolated
convection possible inland Monday, with better precip chances
Tue as main front and trough move into the Mid-Atlantic and SE
US. Will continue chance pops Tue, tapering off Tue night.
Forecast soundings show MU CAPE values increasing to 1500-2000
J/kg Tue, with 0-6km shear 20-25kt. Still some uncertainty
regarding the timing of the frontal passage. The GFS is still
quite a bit faster than the ECMWF, pushing it through late Tue
night and early Wed morning, while the ECMWF is quite a bit
slower moving it through Wed and Wed evening. Will continue to
keep Wed dry with precip pushing offshore early. A few degrees
cooler Wed, with the developing northerly flow behind the front.
High pressure will build in from the north late Wed and Wed
night. Lows dropping into the upper 40s to low 50s.

Thursday through Saturday...Models in fairly good agreement
late week but then diverge going into next weekend. A stacked
low is forecast to move through the Mid-West Thu and Fri,
pushing a warm front through ENC Friday, with associated cold
front Sat as low pressure centers move through the Mid-Atlantic
and Great Lakes regions. Kept Thu dry for now...but could start
to see some showers spread into the area late as warm front
approaches. Increased pops slightly for Thu night into Fri
night. Will keep Sat dry for now...trending towards the ECMWF
and WPC though uncertainty as the 12z GFS keeps the front
stalled across the area with waves of low pressure moving along
it. Cooler for Thu and Fri with increased onshore flow and cloud
cover...with highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s along the Outer
Banks, and low 60s to lower 70s inland.

&&

.AVIATION /18Z SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
Short Term /Through Sunday/...
As of 130 PM Sat...VFR conditions expected for most of the
short term, with some MVFR fog possible before sunrise Sunday.
Winds this afternoon are out of the SW 10 to 15 knots and
gusting close to 20 knots. A broken deck of cumulus around 5k ft
has developed across the region. These clouds will dissipate
around sunrise and skies will be clear overnight. Winds should
be very light overnight, and with abundant low level moisture,
patchy MVFR fog may develop over inland areas, including all TAF
sites. Fog will quickly dissipate after sunrise. Clouds will
roll in Sunday morning and will be scattered to broken around 3k
ft.

Long Term /Sunday night through Thursday/...
As of 230 PM Sat...Pred VFR through the period, with periods of
sub-VFR possible Tuesday and Tuesday night in scattered showers
and isolated tstms. Patchy fog possible Monday morning.

&&

.MARINE...
Short Term /through Sunday/...
As of 1030 AM Saturday...no changes with update.

/Previous discussion/
As of 630 AM Saturday...High pressure offshore will continue to
extend over the NC waters through tonight producing a S/SW flow
through the period. Current speeds of 10 to 20 kt early this
morning will diminish to 10 to 15 kt this afternoon and and
evening and down to 10 kt or less late tonight. 2 to 4 ft seas
early this morning will subside slightly to 2 to 3 ft this
afternoon and tonight. There could be a period of 5 ft seas
early this morning over the outer Central waters where winds
have been gusting to 20+ kts overnight.

Long Term /Sunday night through Thursday/...
As of 230 PM Sat...High pressure will remain anchored off the
coast through Tuesday, as a slow moving cold front approaches
the waters. Still some uncertainty regarding the timing of the
frontal passage, but likely sometime Wed. High pressure will
build in from the north late Wed and Thursday. S/SW winds
generally 5-15 kt expected into early next week. Seas 2-4 feet
Sun night into early Mon. Models continue to show waves building
to 3-5 feet Monday afternoon. Could see some 6 ft seas develop
Monday night into Wed south of Oregon Inlet in combo of SW winds
and increasing swell energy. Best chance for 6 feet will be
across the outer central waters. N/NE winds 10-20kt developing
behind the front Wed and Wed night...and persisting into Thu.
Could see a period of SCA conditions develop behind the front
Wed and Thu depending on how strong the surge is.

&&

.MHX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NC...None.
MARINE...None.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...JME
NEAR TERM...JME/JBM
SHORT TERM...JME
LONG TERM...CQD
AVIATION...SGK/CQD
MARINE...JME/JBM/CQD



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