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FXUS61 KBOX 210552

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
1252 AM EST Wed Feb 21 2018

Mild and humid southwest flow continues tonight and Wednesday.
A cold front will then sweep through Southern New England
Wednesday night followed by colder weather Thursday. A wave of
low pressure tracking along the front may bring some rain
Thursday, possibly mixed with snow in the interior. An active
wet weather pattern Friday through the weekend during which
there is the possibility of mixed precipitation, freezing rain.


1250 AM update...
Backdoor front across NE MA has made no progress and will likely
take until after sunrise to mix out the shallow cool air. Patchy
dense fog to the north of the boundary across portions of
northern Essex county and may need to consider a dense fog
advisory for this region. Otherwise, areas of dense fog will
persist along the south coast.

Wide range of temps from upper 30s upper CT valley and NE MA to
upper 50s ORH and FIT.

Previous discussion...
Shallow backdoor front remains across NE MA from Essex county
to BOS with light NE winds and temps upper 30s to lower 40s
north of the boundary. Also mid 40s along the south coast with
upper 30s upper CT valley, while still upper 50s interior e MA
and lower CT valley.

HRRR/RAP indicate winds will turn southerly overnight, but with
cold ocean and nighttime it may take until after sunrise to mix
out this shallow airmass. Wide range in temps with mins upper
30s to low 50s.

Areas of dense fog will persist overnight along the south coast.
Some of the guidance expands this fog northward across portions
of northern CT and RI but confidence is low as BL flow is WSW
which should confine dense fog to the south coast. Stratus and
fog also impacting Essex county but vsbys around 1 mile. Further
north, dense fog exists along NH and Maine coasts so if winds
remain north overnight, it is possible this dense fog spills
south into NE MA.

Many guidance sources showing some light QPF overnight. With
very dry mid levels, some patchy drizzle can not be ruled out,
mainly near the south coast.


Fog and low clouds to start the day, especially along the south
coast. Most fog will burn off during the morning. Clouds and
fog may linger longer than indicated along the south coast due
to the continued moist flow over the cold water.

Mixing depth inland will again be limited by the warm advection
aloft. But even a shallow mix to 950 mb taps temps equiv to 850
mb values of 4-6C, and 925 mb shows values of 4-7C. Sfc pressure
about 1024 mb would add a couple of deg F, all of which supports
a max sfc temp range of 66 to 73 inland. Temps closer to the
south coast will continue to be buffered by southwest wind off
the ocean, keeping temps in the upper 40s and 50s.

Given sufficient sunshine and heating, Wednesday will have
potential for record high temps. Records are listed in the
Climate section.

Winds in the mixed layer will reach 20-25 knots. Mixing will
allow southwest gust to 25 mph.

A cold front moves through during Wednesday night.

Cold front approaching from the west brings a plume of
precipitable water values around 1.1 inches. However most of
this is distributed above 700 mb with dry air surface-to-850 mb.
Confidence in showers is low, and so we maintain 15 to 30 pct
pops with fropa. The front eventually stalls south of New



* Active weather pattern for end of the week into the weekend
* On and off precipitation with some wintry precip mix in
* Dry weather next week


Active pattern setting up across the region to close out the end of
the week into the weekend. Stout subtropical high pressure over the
Eastern Seaboard with longwave trough over the western CONUS. This
high pressure will begin to break down and flatten as it retreats
back towards Florida. This will drop the baroclinic zone back
towards southern New England, and with several southern stream
shortwaves, anticipate on and off again showers over the region.
High PWAT airmass with Gulf Moisture connection especially over the
weekend could lead to some river rises. A break down in the pattern
early next week as ridging begins to build over the region.


Thursday & Thursday night...Moderate confidence.

Passing cold front will drop south of the region early Thursday as
surface high pressure moves into southeast Canada. This will put
southern New England into a squeeze play with high pressure to the
north and south, and stalled front draped across the region. Weak
wave will move along the flow combined with increasing Gulf moisture
will help produce showers across the region Thursday. Biggest
question is thermals as a lot of guidance is cooling off during the
day resulting in more snow than liquid precip. Model 2m temps are
also cooling off leading to the idea of wet bulb temps as the
precipitation moves through. Will continue with that trend in the
forecast. Snowfall amounts do not appear to add to much as the
ground will be quite warm thanks to 60 and 70 degree days during the
mid week.

High pressure will continue to slide through, pushing the baroclinic
zone southward resulting in a break in the precip Thursday night.
Temperatures will be back to seasonable.

Friday into Saturday...Moderate confidence.

Baroclinic zone still draped over or near the region as low pressure
from the Midwest moves towards the Northeast. The stalled front over
the region will transition as a warm front and will eventually lift
northward towards northern New England. Pretty stout wave with
southwest flow aloft pumping in Gulf moisture as PWATs increase to 2
STD above normal. While most of the precip should be in the form of
rain, could see some thermal issues esp if warm air struggles to
lift northward. So will continue to watch for freezing rain for the
NW interior.

In between this system and next, weak subsidence will move through
resulting in a dry trend for the Saturday. Depending on the location
of the front, the region should be more in the warm sector with
highs in the 50s. Again this can change if the front moves farther
north or slides a bit south. Thus lower confidence on temperatures

Saturday night into Sunday...Increasing confidence.

Last of the multiple waves will move through the flow during this
timeframe. Pacific southern wave will push through the southwest
flow towards southern New England, drawing in more Gulf moisture.
Surface low will develop and move across the southern Plains and
into the Upper Great Lakes. This system`s cold front will swing into
the area by Sunday bringing widespread rainfall. If temperatures are
slow to warm could see a some wintry weather at the onset, but
overall trend is towards rainfall.

The front will quickly push through resulting in a drying trend for
late Sunday night.

Monday and beyond...Moderate confidence.

Mid-level cold front will swing through resulting in strong CAA.
High pressure will follow behind the front leading to dry weather
and temperatures back to normal for late Feb.


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Thursday/...Moderate confidence.

Through Today...
Widespread LIFR in dense fog and patchy drizzle at times along
the immediate south coast and Cape/Islands will likely persist
through the morning. Some improvement possible in the afternoon
but low cigs persisting over the islands. Otherwise, areas of
LIFR fog NE MA will improve later this morning. Mainly VFR
elsewhere. Areas of LLWS Cape/Islands and NE MA diminishing
later this morning. SW gusts to 25 kt developing.

Areas of IFR immediate south coast and islands improving to VFR
overnight. VFR elsewhere.

Conditions lowering to MVFR/IFR in the afternoon with rain/sleet
south of the Pike and snow/sleet to the north. Light accum
possible north of the Pike.

KBOS Terminal...Moderate confidence in TAF. E/NE winds should
turn to SW around 12z. IFR cigs likely remaining to the north
but low risk for brief lower cigs through 12z.

KBDL Terminal...Moderate confidence in TAF.

Outlook /Thursday Night through Sunday/...Moderate confidence.

Thursday Night: Mainly VFR, with local IFR possible. Slight
chance FZRA, slight chance SN.

Friday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. RA likely, chance

Friday Night: Mainly MVFR, with local IFR possible. RA likely,
FZRA possible.

Saturday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Slight chance

Saturday Night: Mainly MVFR, with areas VFR possible. Chance

Sunday: Mainly MVFR, with local IFR possible. Breezy. RA
likely, FZRA possible.


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Thursday/...High confidence.

Southwest flow continues tonight through early Wednesday night.
Strong winds aloft bring a potential for 20-25 knot gusts,
strongest on the outer waters. Seas slowly build to 5-7 feet,
mainly over the outer waters. Small Craft Advisory headlines
will continue on some of the waters tonight through Wednesday

Moist airmass moving over the cold water will continue to
generate fog and low clouds, with areas of vsbys at or below 1/4
mile, mainly over the southern waters.

A cold front moves through during Wednesday night and may bring
widely scattered showers.

Outlook /Thursday Night through Sunday/...

Thursday: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching
5 ft. Chance of rain, chance of freezing rain, chance of snow.
Local visibility 1 to 3 nm.

Thursday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching
5 ft. Chance of rain, slight chance of freezing rain.

Friday through Friday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Rain

Saturday: Winds less than 25 kt. Slight chance of rain.

Saturday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching
5 ft. Chance of rain.

Sunday: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of rough seas. Rain


Record Highest Observed Temperature for February...(since records began)

Boston.........73 (2/24/2017)
Hartford.......73 (2/24/1985)
Providence.....72 (2/24/1985)
Worcester......69 (2/24/2017)

Record High Temperatures...


Boston.........68 (1930)* 63 (1906)
Hartford.......69 (1930)  63 (1930)
Providence.....69 (1930)  63 (1930)
Worcester......65 (1930)* 59 (1930)

* Records were broken today at BOS (70) and ORH (67) as of 400 PM

Record Warmest Min Temperature...


Boston.........46 (1930) 45 (1994)
Hartford.......50 (1981) 49 (1981)
Providence.....48 (1981) 50 (1981)
Worcester......47 (1981) 43 (2002)

Extreme High Dew Points... Dew Point forecast has values in the 50s Today and Wednesday.


Boston.........54 (1991) 56 (1953)
Hartford.......53 (1981) 55 (1989)
Providence.....58 (1939) 56 (1989)
Worcester......53 (1981) 54 (1953)


MA...Dense Fog Advisory until 8 AM EST this morning for MAZ020>022.
     Dense Fog Advisory until 10 AM EST this morning for MAZ023-024.
RI...Dense Fog Advisory until 8 AM EST this morning for RIZ006-007.
     Dense Fog Advisory until 10 AM EST this morning for RIZ008.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 11 AM this morning to midnight EST
     tonight for ANZ232>234.
     Small Craft Advisory from 11 AM this morning to 9 PM EST this
     evening for ANZ231.
     Small Craft Advisory until midnight EST tonight for ANZ235-237.
     Small Craft Advisory until 5 AM EST Thursday for ANZ250-


LONG TERM...Dunten
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