Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KPHI 240249

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
949 PM EST Mon Jan 23 2017

Strong low pressure near the Virginia Capes early this evening
will drift northeast toward Long Island through Tuesday
morning, before passing east of Cape Cod Tuesday evening. Weak
high pressure crosses our region on Wednesday. A cold front
passes southeastward off the mid Atlantic coast Thursday and
with another cold frontal passage possible again Sunday or next


For the 930 PM Update...The Wind Advisory remains in effect for
the coastal counties through Midnight. We added a bit more ice
to the storm total amounts mainly for locations at and above
1900 feet in the Poconos. We received a report from Tobyhanna,
PA at an elevation of 2100 feet of an estimated 0.20 inches of
ice with some trees down. The downed trees appear to be due to
the combination of the icing and gusty winds. At elevations
below this, icing amounts should be lower. This may result in
less snow/sleet accumulations overall, although some change to
sleet and snow is still possible overnight as some cooling may
take place.

A very dynamic storm centered to our south, with ample lift to
its north due to an intense easterly low-level jet along with
robust warm air advection in about the 800-850 MB level. This
is occurring as cooler air and some lower dew points have
advected southwestward from points to our north. This has
lowered the wet bulbing across the far northwest zones, with
freezing rain and sleet occurring especially mainly at and above
1000 feet in elevation. Some reports indicate rather icy road
conditions in the higher elevations of Monroe and Carbon
counties in Pennsylvania. A distinct dry slot has worked
northward and is now across about the southern half of our
area. This should fill in some on the southern side as
additional lift arrives and a pivot may occur with the surface
low off the coast moving northward. It appears that the chance
of steadier rainfall particularly across our southern zones has
decreased quite a bit (some drizzle looks to be occurring

Otherwise, most of the precipitation will fall as rain with
some sleet possibly mixing in overnight just north and west of
I-95. For Carbon and Monroe, Pennsylvania and Sussex, New
Jersey, portions of these counties especially higher elevations
are expected to be below freezing through tonight. So a wintry
mix is expected across portions of these counties, especially
the higher elevations. The question becomes how much of each
P-Type falls across the area. Forecast thermal profiles vary
through the night and we could give a period of each, freezing
rain, sleet, and some snow. We are expecting 2-5 inches of
snow/sleet combination as well as up to about one quarter of an
inch of ice. Therefore the Winter Weather Advisory remains in
place. It is possible that more freezing rain/sleet ends up
occurring, which would make the snow/sleet amounts less than

Generally 1 to 2 inches of storm total QPF are forecast for much of
the area, with the Delmarva and southern New Jersey seeing the
least and portions of northeast New Jersey seeing the most. We
continue with the Flood Watch for northeastern New Jersey which
has 1.5 to 2 inches QPF, and isolated higher amounts possible.

Winds are expected to diminish some through the night, but will
remain gusty at times especially closer to the coast.


The coastal low will slowly drift to the east northeast during the
day Tuesday. As the low moves away from the area, we could get some
wrap around moisture across the area which could keep some light
precipitation through the day. Current forecast temperatures
would keep everything rain for most areas, except where the
Winter Weather Advisory is in effect. If temperatures do not
rise much during the day, it is possible that some areas could
see snow or sleet mix in at times with any rainfall that occurs.
For the areas under the Winter Weather Advisory, they have the
better chance of seeing a winter mix into the day. For now, we
will keep the end time of noon time, but this may need to be
extended in time in the future.

Winds will become northwesterly as the low moves to farther to our
east and will remain gusty through the day with gusts around 20-25
mph expected.


500 MB: Weak ridging follows the departure of our coastal storm
Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by a series of short
waves that carves out a positive tilt trough in the eastern USA.

Temperatures: around 10 degree above normal Wednesday, 10 to 15
above normal Thursday, 5 to 10 above normal Friday, cooling to
near normal Sunday and Monday.

Forecast basis: Unless otherwise noted, a 50 50 blend of the
12z/23 GFS/NAM MOS guidance Tuesday night-Wednesday night,
thereafter the 12z/23 GFS MEXMOS Thursday and Thursday night,
and then the 15z/23 WPC guidance Friday-Monday, at times blended
with the 12z/23 GFS MEXMOS guidance or the long term temps were
adjusted because of the 12z/23 ECMWF 18z 2m temperatures.

The dailies...

Tuesday night and Wednesday: a little leftover mixed
precipitation is possible but it should not last long, if there
is any. Conditions dry out Tuesday night as high pressure builds
into the region and moves offshore during the day Wednesday.
Gusty northwest winds to 20 or 25 mph Tuesday night and
Wednesday morning become west or southwest Wednesday afternoon
and diminish a bit.

Wednesday night and Thursday...warm air advection ahead of cold
front. Maybe a few showers. Lots of uncertainty regarding
whether it will rain. Blended the MEX POPS with the previously
drier forecast.

Later Thursday into the weekend...gradual cool down with
generally dry weather expected. Breezy at times.

Next then another cold front has either passed or
is passing and the GFS is the first of our usual reviewed global
models to suggest low pressure forming on the front over the
mid Atlantic states. To say the least, uncertainty and so we
stayed with the dry WPC fcst.


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

MVFR/IFR ceilings tonight. As areas of rain and drizzle occurs
VSBYS will lower especially during any heavier rain. There will
be a break in the rain for awhile from about PHL on south and
east. Some sleet or snow may mix in at ABE and RDG later this
evening and overnight. Conditions are expected to return to
MVFR during the day Tuesday.

Northeast winds 15-25 knots with gusts 30-40 knots (strongest
gusts in the MIV and ACY areas), will diminish some during the
remainder of this evening and especially overnight. The winds
will turn north and then northwest later tonight and Tuesday,
with speeds in the 10-20 knot range Tuesday with some gusts.

Tuesday night and Wednesday...VFR. NW winds 10-15 KT with gusts
to 20 kt with winds backing to west in the afternoon.

Late Wednesday night or Thursday...Isolated showers, possibly
briefly lowering conditions to sub-VFR.

Friday and Saturday...VFR. West winds 10-20 KT with gusts 25 to
30 kt.


An intense easterly low-level jet continues to move northward
along with the tightest pressure gradient. This is allowing the
winds to diminish some across much of the area. As a result,
the remaining Storm Warning has been lowered to a Gale Warning.
This ends from south to north later tonight and early Tuesday
morning. Small Craft Advisory level winds are then expected on
Tuesday. Seas are in the 10-20 foot range (mainly 3-7 feet on
Delaware Bay), however these will slowly subside late tonight
and during Tuesday.

Tuesday night...northwest SCA, possible low end leftover gale
early in the evening.

Wednesday...Sub-SCA conditions expected.

Thursday through Friday...West wind gusts 25-30 KT possible.

Saturday...West wind gusts 20-25 knots possible.


Flood Watch remains in effect tonight for central and NE NJ,
where the flooding risk is highest (heaviest rainfall and most
prone to flooding issues in urban locales). Impacts will be due
to excessive rainfall, as between 1.5 and 2.0 inches of rain
with locally higher amounts are expected through tonight.

No main stem river flooding is anticipated. However, minor
flooding is possible along small streams and creeks and in areas
of poor drainage.

The entire region has some positive things working in its
favor, precipitation has been below normal the last 30 days,
there`s really no consequential snow cover to speak of, there`s
no ice on area waterways, streamflows are either running at or
below normal as is soil moisture, and last but not least, the
ground isn`t frozen. We think all the above will help mitigate
the flood threat especially for our counties outside the Flood


We experienced areas of minor coastal flooding along the coasts of
Delaware and New Jersey this morning. There was widespread minor
flooding and areas of moderate flooding during the late afternoon
and evening. Numerous roads were affected.

A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect through Tuesday morning
along the NJ and DE coasts and along Delaware Bay. Storm surge
values of 2 to 3 feet are possible at that time. Fortunately, the
astronomical tides are low. Nevertheless, we should see tide levels
on Tuesday morning a bit lower than those experienced this evening.

Strong wave action and the resulting beach erosion will likely
compound the effects of any tidal surge. Waves breaking along the
shore may be around 4 to 7 feet on Tuesday morning.

Based on the forecast guidance and the expected wind shift to the
north then northwest we are not anticipating any coastal flooding on
the upper eastern shore of Maryland or on the tidal Delaware River.
The wind shift will result in a decreasing potential for flooding
along the coast and along Delaware Bay beyond Tuesday morning.


PA...Winter Weather Advisory until 11 AM EST Tuesday for PAZ054-055.
NJ...Flood Watch until 5 AM EST Tuesday for NJZ008-010-012>015-020-
     Coastal Flood Warning until 11 AM EST Tuesday for NJZ012>014-
     Wind Advisory until midnight EST tonight for NJZ013-014-020-
     Winter Weather Advisory until 11 AM EST Tuesday for NJZ001.
DE...Coastal Flood Warning until 11 AM EST Tuesday for DEZ002>004.
     Wind Advisory until midnight EST tonight for DEZ004.
MARINE...Gale Warning until 6 AM EST Tuesday for ANZ450>453.
     Gale Warning until 1 AM EST Tuesday for ANZ430-431-454-455.


Near Term...Gorse/Robertson
Short Term...Robertson
Long Term...Drag
Tides/Coastal Flooding...Iovino is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.