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FXUS61 KCTP 081602

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
1102 AM EST Thu Dec 8 2016

A upper level trough over the Great Lakes will pivot eastward
across the region over the next couple of days. High pressure will
briefly build into Pennsylvania late Saturday, then a weak low
pressure system is likely to track west of Pennsylvania through
the Great Lakes Sunday into Monday.


Batch of mid level clouds streaking eastward across the Lower Susq
River Valley late this morning. Timing on track to exit my
southeastern counties early this afternoon. Colder air deepening
downwind of the eastern GLAKS and organized LE band developed
shortly after sunrise this morning over the snowbelt of SW New
York State. All model data currently indicating the boundary
layer flow will remain WSW for much of the day, keeping the bulk
of the accumulating snow north of the border. But expect a gradual
backing of the flow anticipated by late afternoon, bringing snow
into Warren/Mckean counties. A lake effect snow warning/advisory
goes into effect at 18Z across Warren/Mckean Co, where a light
coating appears likely by early evening.

Increasing sunshine will push temps into the low 40s across the
Susq Valley. Further west, where lake clouds increase over western
and northern PA...highs will top out in the upper 20s and 30s.


A fairly long-duration lake effect snow event will play out across
the NW Mtns tonight through Saturday, as anomalously cold WNW flow
follows the passage of upper trough axis this evening. Cross lake
flow will result in multiband le snow across the northwest Pa, with
the heaviest accums in the favored snowbelt of NW Warren Co. Model
soundings showing a deep, moist boundary layer with an inversion
height around 700MB and although the 850mb temps of around -13C
aren`t exceptional, relatively warm lake waters of around 50F will
result strong instability/moisture flux.

The passage of a shortwave around midday Friday could briefly support
lake effect snow extending well downwind of the lakes, with a
quick coating likely in the ridge/valley region of Central Pa and
possibly even into parts of the Susq Valley.

The boundary layer flow is progged to remain close to 270 degrees
across Southern Pa, excluding the Laurel Highlands from a direst
link to lake moisture. However, persistent upslope flow should
yield occasional light snow with accumulations of 1-2 inches
between Friday and Sat morning.

An examination of model time sections shows the greatest lift
occurring just below the DGZ, which in combination with fairly
gusty winds should hold snow/water ratios to no better than 20/1.
Based on a blend of available high res model and WPC QPF, have
come up with 48-hour event snow totals of 12-18 inches over
extreme northwest Warren Co, with rapidly decreasing amounts
further southeast.

Although not an exceptionally cold air mass for this time of the
year, this will be the coldest air mass so far this season with
temps 5-10F below normal Friday/Saturday. A gusty wind will make
it feel even colder. Expect relenting wind and clearing skies
across Southern Pa Saturday, as high pressure builds in from the
Ohio Valley. However, WSW fetch off the lakes should continue to
produce le snow showers until Sat evening across the N Mtns.


High pressure will bring a brief period of tranquility Sat
evening. However, a developing overrunning scenario is expected
Sunday into Monday, as weak low pressure lifts into the Eastern
Grt Lks and high pressure remains lodged over northern New Eng.
Enough cold air is in place to support a light snowfall across
much of area by Monday AM. Model consensus low track west of Pa
could cause snow to change to rain across Southern Pa before
precip tapers off later Monday.

Seasonable temps indicated early next week, but both the 00Z
ECENS and NAEFS indicate a significant cold front passage late
Tue/early Wed with below normal temps likely the rest of next


Deepening W-NW flow pattern will support a prolonged period of
MVFR/IFR conditions over the western 1/3 airspace into the
weekend, with frequent lake effect/upslope snow showers. MVFR cigs
and ocnl visby reductions are possible over the central terminals
with VFR prevailing across the eastern sites. Expect frequent sfc
wind gusts 20-25+kt by this afternoon resulting in low level
mechanical turbulence during takeoff and final approach. Lake
effect snow showers should decrease in coverage/intensity by later
Saturday as area of high pressure briefly slides over the


Sun-Mon...MVFR/IFR with mixed rain/snow likely.


Lake Effect Snow Advisory until noon EST Saturday for PAZ005.
Lake Effect Snow Warning until noon EST Saturday for PAZ004.


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