Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KAKQ 210238 AFDAKQ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wakefield VA 938 PM EST Tue Feb 20 2018 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure becomes anchored off the southeast coast through Thursday. A backdoor cold front moves south across the area Thursday, then meanders across the region through the end of the week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING/...
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Region in the warm sector now...and will be an unseasonably warm night. The main issue is FG and how much/thick it will become. VSBYs/CIGs have be fluctuating up/down this eve...esp over srn VA/interior NE NC. Winds are S and mainly light (blo 10 mph) and temperatures currently at or near the dew point (along w/ plenty of ground moisture due to recent rain events). Most model guidance suggests similar conditions developing overnight as they did last night (dense FG over srn/SE VA-NE NC) but over a larger area. Continuing w/ mention of areas of far nothing too widespread or thick to justify a dense FG advisory. Otherwise...partly to mostly cloudy w/ lows in the u50s-l60s.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... Morning low clouds/fog burn off with a pt to mstly sunny and warm aftrn. Record highs at RIC/SBY will likely fall, it will come close at ECG/ORF. Highs 75-80 except holding the 60s at the beaches. The backdoor cold front approaches from the north Wed night with its location across the northern AKQ zones by 12Z Thu. Moisture incrs along and ahead of this boundary with low chc pops for shwrs across the nrn half of the fa by morning. Still warm ahead of it with another night where fog will be possible, especially over the water. Lows 55-60 except 50-55 ern shore areas. Forecast then becomes a bit more complicated as the models differ on just how far south the bndry gets. GFS stalls it across the fa while the NAM/ECMWF push it south into NC. Moisture remains confined mainly to areas along and north of the Va border so will keep chc pops to low end likely across the far north. Tmps tricky as they will highly depend on the fronts location. Could even see stdy or slowly falling readings as the front drops south. Highs 50-55 ern shore to low-mid 70s across nern NC. Cooler Thurs nite with chc shwrs as a moist onshore flow develops. Lows in the 40s. Will keep chc shwrs going Fri due to the moist onshore flow. Highs in the lwr 50s north to lwr 60s south. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... A boundary is expected to set up north of the area on Saturday leading to southwest flow and very warm temperatures with highs climbing into the low to mid 70s for a good portion of the area (cooler across the Eastern Shore). We should stay dry for a good portion of the day Saturday with the highest rain chances closer to the boundary across the north and west. Chances for showers will increase from the northwest Saturday night into Sunday as a cold front begins to approach the region. Mild temperatures are expected on Saturday night with lows generally ranging from the mid to upper 50s. The cold front crosses region during the day on Sunday bringing a chance for showers (and potentially some isolated thunder) to the area. Another mild day out ahead of the front on Sunday with highs in the 70s for much of the area. Showers may try to linger Sunday night into Monday, especially across the east. Lows Sunday night will range from the mid 40s NW to the lower 50s SE and highs Monday will range from the upper 50s to mid 60s. High pressure builds across the region Monday night into Tuesday. && .AVIATION /03Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... VRB conditions expected into Wed morning w/ restricted VSBYs and lo CIGs expected. After morning clouds/fog burn off Wed...VFR conditions expected by the afternoon. A back door cold front approaches from the NW Wed night then drops south across the area on Thu. Expecting a return to IFR/MVFR conditions in rain/fog Thu/Fri behind this feature. && .MARINE... No headlines in the short term tonight thru Thu. Late this aftn, sfc high pressure was cntrd well off the Mid Atlc coast, providing southerly winds 5-15 kt over the waters. Areas of fog and stratus were still lingering over portions of the waters also, and likely will re-develop over most of the waters later this evening into Wed morning. Thus, a Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for the entire marine area until 10 am Wed. Otherwise, expect SSW winds 5-15 kt tonight into early Thu morning, then winds shift to the NNE 5-15 kt Thu into Fri, as a backdoor front drops thru the region. The front then lifts back north as a warm front later Fri, and will move north of the region Fri night. Waves/seas will increase Thu into Fri. && .CLIMATE...
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Record highs will likely be challenged Wed 2/21: * Record highs: * Date: Wed 2/21 RIC: 75 (1930) ORF: 79 (2014) SBY: 75 (1943) ECG: 77 (2014) * Record high mins for 2/21. RIC: 54 (1953) ORF: 58 (1953) SBY: 51 (1953) ECG: 61 (1939)
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&& .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. NC...None. VA...None. MARINE...Dense Fog Advisory until 10 AM EST Wednesday for ANZ630>638- 650-652-654-656-658. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ALB/MPR NEAR TERM...ALB/MPR SHORT TERM...MPR LONG TERM...AJB AVIATION...ALB/MPR MARINE...TMG CLIMATE...AKQ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.