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FXUS61 KGYX 251911
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
211 PM EST THU DEC 25 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT THROUGH
FRIDAY AND WILL HOLD SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND THROUGH SATURDAY. A COLD
FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM THE WEST SATURDAY NIGHT AND WILL CROSS
THE REGION ON SUNDAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD IN FROM THE WEST
SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
QUIET WEATHER RETURNS TO THE FORECAST AREA TONIGHT AND INTO THE
WEEKEND AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND. BRISK
UPSLOPE FLOW WILL KEEP SKIES MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND
THE CONNECTICUT VALLEY...BUT THE REMAINDER OF THE FORECAST AREA
WILL SEE A MOSTLY CLEAR NIGHT. EXPECT WINDS TO DROP OFF SOMEWHAT
AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW TEMPS WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 20S NORTH TO THE
LOWER 30S SOUTH.

&&

.SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
FRIDAY LOOKING MOSTLY SUNNY DOWNWIND OF THE MOUNTAINS WITH HIGH
TEMPS EDGING ABOVE NORMAL. CLOUDS WILL PERSIST IN THE NORTH FOR
MUCH OF THE DAY. HIGHS WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 30S TO LOWER 40S
NORTH AND LOWER TO MID 40S SOUTH.

QUIET WEATHER CONTINUES FRIDAY NIGHT AS HIGH PRESSURE PARKS SOUTH
OF NEW ENGLAND. CLOUDS WILL PERSIST IN THE NORTH WHILE THE
REMAINDER OF THE REGION SEES A MOSTLY CLEAR TO PARTLY CLOUDY
NIGHT. LOWS WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S.

&&

.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ON
SATURDAY HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED TO THE SOUTH MOVES EAST AS
RIDGING ALOFT IS REPLACED BY SW FLOW ALOFT.

A SHORT WAVE OVER SOUTHERN CANADA WILL DRIVE A COLD FRONT THROUGH
THE AREA SUNDAY AND HELP CARVE OUT A TROUGH OVER THE NORTHEASTERN
CONUS. PRECIPITATION CHANCES INCREASE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY
WITH UPSLOPE REGIONS POSSIBLY GETTING A FEW INCHES OF SNOW. WARMER
SOUTHERN AREAS WILL SEE A RAIN/SNOW MIX WITH MOSTLY RAIN ALONG THE
COAST. AMOUNTS WILL BE LIGHT.

THE COLDER AIR BEHIND THE FRONT BEGINS TO ARRIVE SUNDAY NIGHT.
OVERNIGHT LOWS BOTTOM OUT IN THE SINGLE DIGITS NORTH AND THE TEENS
AND LOWER 20S SOUTH BY MONDAY NIGHT. HIGHS SHOULD BE MUCH COOLER
THAN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING WITH TEENS IN THE NORTH AND MID 20S
TO LOWER 30S SOUTH. A CUTOFF LOW EVENTUALLY SETS UP OVER SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA BY MIDWEEK ANCHORING THE SOUTHERN STREAM. IN GENERAL
SPRAWLING HIGH PRESSURE KEEPS STORM SYSTEMS TO OUR NORTH AND EAST
THIS WEEK... AND THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN STREAMS NEVER REALLY
PHASE WELL... THEREFORE KEEPING ANY SIGNIFICANT WEATHER FROM
DEVELOPING NEAR US. WE DO HAVE A SLIGHT CHANCE TO CHANCE FOR SNOW
SHOWERS FROM TIME TO TIME... MAINLY IN THE MOUNTAINS AS SHORT WAVE
ENERGY PASSES BY IN SW FLOW ALOFT.

&&

.AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
SHORT TERM...VFR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT.

LONG TERM...VFR CONDITIONS SATURDAY DROPPING TO MVFR OR IFR AS
SNOW AND RAIN SHOWERS MOVE THROUGH THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT
THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. POSSIBLE FOG MONDAY MORNING FOR MOUNTAIN
TERMINALS. POSSIBLE LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS IN THE KMHT AREA ON
TUESDAY.

&&

.MARINE...
SHORT TERM...CONTINUING GALE WARNING THROUGH THIS EVENING.

LONG TERM...ONLY CONCERN IS A FEW HOURS OF GUSTS 25-30 KTS FOR
THE WATERS SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY NIGHT AS A COLD FRONT
CROSSES THE AREA.

&&

.GYX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ME...NONE.
NH...NONE.
MARINE...GALE WARNING UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR ANZ150>154.

&&

$$

HANES/SINSABAUGH


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