Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KCTP 210409

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
1109 PM EST Mon Feb 20 2017

An extended period of mild weather with well above normal
temperatures is expected through the end of the week. A weak
cool front will push through the state late Tuesday and Tuesday
night. A stronger cold front is expected for Friday into


Expect fair weather overnight with increasing cirrus, as upper
level ridge axis shifts eastward from the Grt Lks. At the
surface, a dying back door cold front is over the central
mountains at 03Z, with markedly lower dewpoints behind this
boundary across the eastern half of the state. Mostly clear
skies and drier air should result in the best radiational
cooling across the eastern counties, where min temps have been
adjusted downward slightly. Euro Ensemble MOS and latest HRRR
support this idea of slightly lower temps, with mins ranging
from 25-30F across the Middle Susq Valley/Poconos, to the mid
30s over the Laurel Highlands.


A weakening front and the associated shearing upper shortwave
will bring increasing high clouds to the area Tuesday, likely
resulting in max temps several degrees cooler than those of
Monday. A few showers may work into the northwest mountains
toward evening, ahead of the weakening shortwave over the Grt
Lks. Otherwise, confidence is high for another dry day across
the remainder of central Pa.


Gradually milder temperatures will return for the extended
period as no genuine cold air push is in sight. High
temperatures in general will be 10 to 20 degrees above normal
with min temperatures mainly above freezing.

Upper ridge axis is forecast to be located east of the state
Tuesday night. The weak cold frontal boundary will produce a
brief period or two of showers for late Tuesday (Northwest) and
over the Central and Eastern parts of PA Tuesday night into the
mid morning hours of Wednesday.

Clouds associated with this weak frontal boundary will help to
suppress temps a bit (but they`ll still remain well above

The flow turns back to the SW by Wednesday causing temps to

The overall, large-scale pattern becomes more amplified late in
the week as a system over the central plains deepens and lifts
into the Great Lakes. Clouds will increase Thursday and Friday
with warm front lifting through, and bringing increasing rain
chances heading into the weekend.


A few high clouds to the west as of 11 PM.

03Z TAFS sent.

Looking back to last night, no low clouds were noted at
BFD or JST. Some fog at JST.

For tonight into Tuesday, just some high clouds prior to 00Z
Wed, as high pressure with dry air remains over the region.

Some showers late Tuesday evening into early Wednesday, as
a weak cold front moves across the region.


Wed...A.M. sub-VFR possible NW 1/3; otherwise VFR/no Sig Wx.

Thu...Sub-VFR possible with chance rain showers.

Fri...Sub-VFR possible with rain showers likely Friday night.
LLWS probable.

Sat...strong cold to bring Sub-VFR and possible thunderstorms.


Summary of record highs from 2/18 and 2/19...

Harrisburg: Record high of 69 degrees on 2/19. Previous record
high was 66 degrees set back in 1997.

Williamsport: Record high of 69 degrees on 2/19. Previous
record high was 60 degrees set back in 1997

Altoona: Record highs of 64 degrees on 2/19 and 66 degrees on
2/18 (tie). Previous record highs were 61 in 1994 (2/19) and 66
in 1981 (2/18).

Bradford: Record high of 62 degrees on 2/18. Previous record
high was 56 degrees set back in 1994.




NEAR TERM...Fitzgerald
SHORT TERM...Fitzgerald/La Corte
LONG TERM...Lambert/Gartner
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