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FXUS62 KRAH 221511

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Raleigh NC
1010 AM EST Wed Feb 22 2017

High pressure will continue to ridge west into the Mid-Atlantic as
the center remains offshore. A slow-moving upper level trough will
cross the Southeast and Mid Atlantic states through tonight. An
upper level ridge will again briefly build over the eastern U.S.
Thursday and Friday.


As of 1010 AM Wednesday...

Closed southern-stream low over the northern GOM will move east-
southeastward across southern Florida and the Keys late tonight
through early Thursday. With the system suppressed well to our
south, weak forcing via weak upglide and weak DPVA will support
ample cloudiness, but very little in the form of rain in the form
of patchy rain/isolated showers for the remainder of the day.

In-situ wedge in place across the NW Pied that developed in response
to the batch of light precip that moved earlier this morning and
that will likely be sustained by stratus cloud cover within the weak
upslope flow will result in a moderate NW to SE temperature gradient
today, ranging from lower 60s NW to mid 70s SE.

Mostly cloudy skies will support another mild night. Lows 50 to 55.


As of 255 AM Wednesday...

The low over Florida will migrate eastward then northeastward over
the Atlantic on Thursday/Thursday night, allowing the upper level
ridge to once again set up over the southeast U.S. Thursday Night.
The surface high will move eastward, though will continue to ridge
into the Mid-Atlantic, keeping the surface low suppressed to the
southeast. The best chance for any light rain will be over the far
west early Thursday, but then the far southeast late Thursday and
Thursday night. For now will keep the forecast dry as the models are
having a tough time generating any rain over Central NC. Given the
continued influx of warm air into the region, expect another day of
temperatures well above normal, highs in the 70s and lows in the mid


As of 310 AM Wednesday...

Our weather pattern through this period displays little deviation
from the theme of this winter with above normal temperatures
interrupted by brief cool periods, and below normal precipitation.

A s/w ridge will extend across the region Friday while a sfc high
will be positioned offshore. The low level sly flow advecting a warm
air mass into central NC, coupled with warming aloft attributed to
the mid/upper level ridge will spell well above normal temperatures
Friday afternoon.  The partial sunshine and a warm sw flow will
boost temperatures into the 75-80 degree range, a solid 20-25
degrees above normal for late February. These readings will be just
shy of record levels which are near 80-lower 80s (see CLIMATE
section below for the details).

The narrow mid-upper ridge will drift offshore Friday night in
advance of a s/w crossing the Great Lakes. The deepening sw flow
will result in very mild overnight conditions and a gradual increase
in cloud coverage. Overnight temperatures will average several
degrees above the normal high temps. Min temps in the 55-60 degree
range anticipated.

The s/w well to our north will drive a sfc cold front across central
NC on Saturday. A marginally moist and a conditionally, slightly
unstable, air mass should support the development of scattered
showers, and possibly a thunderstorm across the coastal plain
Saturday afternoon. The support aloft will be weakening with time
and the model trend has been toward the atmosphere drying out with
time. So while there is still the potential for a few showers, some
locations will not see any rainfall, especially south of highway 64.
Southwest flow ahead of the front coupled with the warm start to the
day should yield high temps back into the mid-upper 70s, warmest

The cold front will sweep east across the region late Saturday and
Saturday evening, ending the threat for showers and skies clearing
west-to-east fairly quick. temps will cool rapidly Saturday night
reaching into the mid-upper 30s across the Piedmont by early Sunday,
and the lower 40s southeast.

High pressure will build and settle over the region Sunday-Monday
with clear-partly cloudy skies and cooler, but still slightly above
normal, temperatures anticipated. The cool down will be brief as
temps Sunday in the 50s to around 60 will rebound back into the low-
mid 60s Monday. The chilliest night should be Sunday night with
overnight temps in the mid-upper 30s expected. May see lows near 30
in the normally colder locations.

A weakening upper disturbance in the southern stream will approach
from the west Monday night and Tuesday, leading to increasing clouds
and a small threat for light rain. The mild/warm temperatures will


As of 630 AM Wednesday...

24-Hour TAF period: Still somewhat of a low-confidence TAF forecast
the next 24 hours. KRDU and KRWI have remained VFR overnight, with
visbys elsewhere fluctuating between IFR to VFR and cigs generally
MVFR or VFR with a few low clouds at or below 500 ft. Where the
light rain occurs expect MVFR and possibly IFR cigs and visbys.
KRDU/KFAY/KRWI should all bounce back to VFR by late this morning,
with KINT and KGSO possibly returning to VFR this afternoon through
this evening. With continued advection of warm moist air in the
southerly flow, another period of fog/low stratus could develop
between 06Z and 12Z Thursday, resulting in sub-vfr cigs and visbys.
Winds during the day will likely be around 5 kts and generally from
the south or southeast, becoming calm or very light again overnight.

Looking ahead: With continued southeast flow through Friday, the
early-morning sub-VFR cigs and visbys will likely be a reoccurring
theme. Low clouds may scatter out enough during the daytime hours
for a return to VFR. Winds will be variable through the period, but
become more southwesterly ahead of the approaching cold front.
Showers and sub-vfr conditions will also be possible ahead of the
front, which is expected to move through Central NC on late
Saturday. A return to VFR conditions is expected for Saturday



Record High Temperatures
     February 24th     February 25th
GSO      79/1982           81/1930
RDU      81/1982           82/1930
FAY      83/1930           85/1930





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