Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KPHI 190253

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
953 PM EST Wed Jan 18 2017

Low pressure over the western Atlantic waters will continue to drift
out to sea tonight. Meanwhile, high pressure over the Midwest will
build east and then move offshore at the end of the work week. Weak
low pressure will impact the region this weekend, and then a
stronger and more complex area of low pressure will impact the Mid-
Atlantic and Northeast early in the new week.


IR satellite imagery and surface observations are indicating some
breaks in the clouds are developing in eastern New Jersey, an
indication the dry air is beginning to descend to the lowest
levels. However, an additional contribution to the drying appears
to be an increased northeasterly component to the winds this
evening (advecting somewhat drier near-surface air into the area).
Latest surface observations suggest this latter trend may be
temporary, as winds are beginning to back to a more northwesterly
direction west of the Delaware River. Where this is occurring,
lower clouds are filling back in rather quickly. Nevertheless,
given the increasingly transient nature to the thicker cloud cover
in our eastern CWA, adjusted/lowered the sky grids a little bit
through the night.

Notably, this thinner cloud cover will act to increase nocturnal
radiational cooling, which will likely aid in the development of
patchy fog, especially in the Pine Barrens. Current grids handle
this well and did not change at this time.

Temps/dew points are running about 2-4 degrees higher than
forecast this evening, as guidance is underestimating the effect
of low cloud cover. Raised hourly temps/dews through the night and
increased minimum temperatures by about 1-3 degrees across the
region. As such, not quite as concerned about the chances for
freezing fog, though this cannot be ruled out entirely near Mount
Pocono and High Point, NJ.


Patchy fog that does develop could linger into mid-morning, given
maintenance of the low-level inversion with a building ridge aloft,
and subsequent high pressure at the surface and light winds. The
deeper moisture will continue moving north of the area, with some
lingering clouds north of I-78 in the morning. Otherwise, a mostly
sunny day develops, with some scattered clouds below the low-level
inversion. Dry weather is expected, with no support for
precipitation. As for high temperatures, generally 10 to 15 degrees
above normal, from the low 40s in the Poconos to mid 50s in
Delmarva. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.


A prolonged period of warm and wet weather is on tap for the Long
Term period.

Broad area of high pressure along the Eastern Seaboard will move
offshore Thursday night as weakening low pressure approaches from
the west. Weak secondary low will form over the Mid-Atlantic, and
the primary low will dissipate as is tracks from the Great Lakes
into eastern Canada. This will send a quick shot of precip into the
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, but not expecting much more than 0.25"
QPF or so. Best chances will be from midday Friday through Friday
evening. Conditions dry out after midnight Friday night. One concern
is timing of onset of precip for the Poconos and areas to the north
of I-80. If precip develops before noon on Friday, surface temps may
not yet have risen above freezing, and there could be a brief
initial period of rain/freezing rain. Otherwise, with onshore flow,
temperatures will be warm enough for precip to be all rain.

Weak high pressure then builds across the region Friday night and
Saturday. Patchy fog may develop Friday night and Saturday morning,
as with weak flow, there will not be much of a chance for the
moisture to scour out. Conditions will otherwise be dry and mild on
Saturday with highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s. High pressure moves
offshore Saturday night.

Meanwhile, an upper trough will move into the West Coast sometime
early in the weekend and will become a closed upper low over the
Southern Plains and Gulf Coast states during the day Sunday. As this
system organizes and develops, it will send waves of precip out
ahead of it and into much of the East Coast.

The first wave will develop over the TN Valley and lift towards the
area on Sunday. Both the GFS and the ECMWF bring measurable precip
into the region by Sunday afternoon, and then the bulk of the rain
approaches Sunday night and Monday as the main system lifts into the
Mid-Atlantic region. An area of concern: high pressure will nose its
way into eastern Canada and northern New England. Depending on the
placement of the high, winds could take on more of a NE/E flow as
opposed to an E/SE flow. This could then usher a shallow area of
cold air into mainly northern zones, and would result in a period of
wintry weather sometime Sunday night and Monday morning. Latest
track, based on both the GFS/ECMWF, keeps temperatures above
freezing, so will keep precip as all rain throughout the CWA.

There may be a brief break in the precip late Monday morning, but
the main low will lift through the region Monday afternoon and
evening, bringing another round of potentially moderate to locally
heavy rainfall. With deep onshore flow, PWATs will build to around
1.5". Pressure gradient tightens up, and with strong low level jet
passing through, can expect E winds to increase to 15-25 MPH with 25-
35 MPH gusts, mainly on Monday.

Rainfall ends fairly quickly from SW to NE Monday night through
Tuesday morning. Behind that departing system, a deep area of low
pressure will be entrenched over the northern Great Lakes region,
and several shortwaves will rotate around the low and into the local
area. This may touch off some showers during the mid-week period.

During this time, Arctic air remains bottled up to the north.
Temperatures will average above normal, with highs nearly 10 degrees
above normal.


The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG,
KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.

A light northeasterly surface wind helped to raise ceilings and
break up the clouds a bit along/east of the Delaware River, but
winds are beginning to back to a northwest direction. Expecting
ceilings to return close to or even below the upper MVFR threshold
overnight at KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, and KMIV. KACY will likely stay in
VFR, while KRDG and KABE will likely be well into MVFR through the

Rapid improvement in ceilings is expected after sunrise, with
conditions becoming VFR area wide by late morning. Winds should
be northwesterly generally in the 5-10 kt range.

Thursday night...VFR. LGT/VRB winds less than 5 KT. High confidence.

Friday through Friday night...Sub-VFR conditions possible in -RA. SE
winds 5-10 KT on Friday become SW less than 5 KT Friday night.
Moderate confidence. Fog possible Friday night.

Saturday...Improving conditions Saturday morning. VFR. West winds 5
KT or less.

Saturday night...LGT/VRB winds. Mainly VFR, but cannot rule out
passing shower.

Sunday...E winds 10-15 KT. IFR conditions possible in RA.

Sunday night through Monday...IFR and lower conditions possible in
RA. E winds 15-20 KT with 20-30 KT gusts. LLWS possible with 60-65
KT LLJ Monday afternoon.


Barnegat, NJ, buoy indicating seas rising above 5 feet this
evening. Latest wave guidance is about 1-2 feet below
observations, and the trend through the night will be upward. Will
issue a small craft advisory for hazardous seas through 6 pm
Friday, as winds will be well below advisory criteria.

Thursday night through Sunday morning...A weak pressure gradient
will result in sub-SCA conditions during this time. VSBY
restrictions possible in rain on Friday, and in fog Friday night and
Saturday morning.

Sunday afternoon through Monday night...Easterly flow increases to
15-20 KT with 25-30 KT gusts starting Sunday afternoon, and then
gale force gusts of 35-40 KT likely Monday and Monday night.
Moderate to heavy rain with low VSBY expected. Conditions improve
late Monday night, and winds decrease to sub-SCA levels. However,
seas on the ocean should remain above SCA criteria.

Tuesday...Ocean seas remain above SCA criteria.


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas until 6 PM EST
     Thursday for ANZ450-451.


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Short Term...Franck
Long Term...MPS
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