Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KAKQ 230810 AFDAKQ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wakefield VA 410 AM EDT Mon Oct 23 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front will approach from the west today...then slowly push through the local area on Tuesday. High pressure builds across the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and low pressure lingers from the Great Lakes to New England. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... Fog has become widespread/dense invof I 95 corridor and points E in interior ern/SE VA and NE raised a dense fog advisory through 13Z this morning. Watching other areas E of the advisory. Previous discussion: Sfc hi pres has shifted to E of ern New England...while lo pres and an associated cold front were slowly pushing E through the OH/TN Valleys. FG is again a concern early this morning...and has become a bit more widespread in coverage as compared to the past few mornings. Lo level mixing remaining limited (early) this morning...then increase (as SE winds increase/become gusty) by late morning/afternoon. Another warm/mainly dry day...though increasing PoPs late (well) W of I 95. Highs in the u70s-around 80F central and (interior) E to the l-m70s W (where clouds begin to thicken in the afternoon) and at the immediate coast. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Latest 00Z/23 GFS/NAM/ECMWF remain fairly similar w/ the overall timing of the next cold depicting the best lift/forcing for likely to categorical PoPs (60-90%) from about 06Z/Tue through 18Z/Tue (lingering into Tue evening along the ern shore). Strong low level jet and sfc dew pts in the 60s...will allow for some locally heavy downpours and possible ISOLD tstms by late Mon night/Tue morning...mainly for far srn/SE VA-NE NC. Instability markedly limited (and generally confined to far srn/SE and near the immediate coast) despite increasing low level winds. SPC has SLGT risk SVR for SSW parts of the local area (shifting to the ern shore Tue morning). Hi Res models depict a few bands of convection (which weaken/gradually break up) moving into the region from the WSW tonight...continuing to the coast Tue morning. Partial clearing expected Tue by late morning W and by late aftn E...and have continued w/ lowering PoP trend W-E. Still mild through Tue w/ lows Mon night in the 60s...then highs Tues in the 70s to near 80 F SE as cold air lags well behind off to the NW of the local area. Cold front reaches the coast early Tue night and is expected to exit the coast by daybreak Wed morning. Any RA tapers/ends at the coast Tue evening. Temperatures falling from the 60s in the evening to 50F inland and upper 50s closer to the coast by Wed morning. Dewpoints also fall from the lower 50s NW to lower 60s SE in the evening to 40-45F inland and 45F to around 50F by morning. On Wed...local area looks to remain in between the sfc cold front well offshore and deeper moisture/cold pool aloft to our WNW. Cooler Wed w/ highs mainly in the m-u60s. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/... Dry conditions Wed night as exiting cold front moves well offshore. Upper level trough swings through the region Thu morning...mainly kick off ISOLD -SHRAs (mainly Delmarva) Thu morning. Otherwise, dry conditions prevail Thu through at least Sat as sfc high pressure builds in from the SW Thu and shifts off the Mid Atlantic Coast during Fri. The high then tracks up off the New England Coast for Sat. Model consensus diverges Sat night into Sun. ECMWF has a coastal low developing near the area...while the GFS not only has a coastal low developing near the area but also a deepening sfc low over the Great Lakes Region into Ontario. Incoming precip differs greatly between models, therefore have leaned closer to climatology during this time. Temperatures at to slightly below normal for Wed night with lows in the 40s (upper 30s possible far NW counties). Temps slow to rebound on Thu as upper trough swings through and more stable NW flow aloft develops over the area. Highs 60-64F. High pressure slides into the region Thu night and then temperatures slowly moderate. Lows Thu night in the 40s (around 50F beaches). Seasonal normal highs Fri in the upper 60s to around 70F. Lows Fri night in the upper 40s inland to 50-55F immediate coast. Highs Sat in the lower 70s (upper 60s beaches). Lows Sat night generally in the 50s (upper 40s Eastern Piedmont). Highs Sun generally in the upper 60s to around 70F (mid 60s Eastern Piedmont). && .AVIATION /08Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... Sfc hi pres has shifted to off of ern New England the past 12-18 hours...while lo pres and an associated cold front moves into the OH/TN valleys. FG is once again a concern...mainly at SBY/PHF/ECG w/ another round of VRB CIGs/VSBYs...and will likely persist through the early morning hours. VFR conditions and increasing mid/high clouds are expected to prevail after 13Z/23...w/ a SE wind increasing to 10-12kt...gusts up to 20 kt possible during the aftn/eve. A cold front is expected to track through the region tonight into Tue morning. This front will bring the potential for MVFR/IFR conditions in RA and lo CIGS. Mainly VFR Tuesday aftn/evening through Fri. && .MARINE... A cold front will approach the region allowing for increasing winds through the day today. Southeast winds will start out around 10 knots this morning, increasing to 15 to 20 knots by this evening as the front approaches. The cold front and associated low pressure areas will approach from the west tonight and push across the waters Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The pressure gradient will lead to increasing SE and then S flow ahead of the front this evening through Tuesday morning. Winds shift to the WNW behind the front Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Small Craft Advisories are in effect for all of the waters Monday night through Tuesday afternoon (for the Rivers) and lingering into Tuesday evening for the Chesepeake Bay and Currituck Sound. Small Craft Advisories over the coastal waters will continue through Wednesday. South winds of 15 to 25 knots with higher gusts will occur Monday night into Tuesday evening. Seas will build to 5 to 9 feet with waves of 3 to 4 feet in the Bay. Winds become west to northwest at 10 to 15 knots behind the front Wednesday night through Thursday. High pressure builds back into the region Thursday. && .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. NC...Dense Fog Advisory until 9 AM EDT this morning for NCZ012>014- 030. VA...Dense Fog Advisory until 9 AM EDT this morning for VAZ064-075- 076-079>083-087>090-092-093-096-511>522. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 7 PM EDT Wednesday for ANZ650-652-654-656-658. Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 1 PM EDT Tuesday for ANZ635>638. Small Craft Advisory from 4 PM this afternoon to 5 PM EDT Tuesday for ANZ630>632-634. Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 7 PM EDT Tuesday for ANZ633. && $$ SYNOPSIS...LKB NEAR TERM...ALB SHORT TERM...ALB/LKB LONG TERM...BMD AVIATION...ALB MARINE...AJB is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.