Area Forecast Discussion
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812 FXUS61 KAKQ 050738 AFDAKQ AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA 238 AM EST FRI FEB 5 2016 .SYNOPSIS... LOW PRESSURE TRACKS NORTHEAST OFF THE MID ATLANTIC COAST OVERNIGHT...THEN CONTINUES NORTHEAST AWAY FROM THE AREA FRIDAY. HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE AREA THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/... WIDESPREAD RA CONTG FM ABT I 95 ON E TO THE CST...TEMPS RMN LARGELY IN THE L-M40S. WK SFC LO PRES WILL BE DEVELOPING INVOF CSTL NC...THEN TRACK TO THE NE INTO EARLY FRI MRNG. TROUGH FM THE W AND ASSOCIATED CAA WILL BE LAGGING BEHIND THIS SFC LO...MAKING IT A DIFFICULT FCST WRT ARRIVAL OF SUFFICIENT COLUMN COOLING FOR RA TO MIX W/ AND/OR CHANGE TO A PD OF WET SN AFT 08-12Z/05. FCST RMNS A LO CONFIDENCE ONE FOR ANY SGFNT SN AND ACCUMS GIVEN THAT SLO COOLING...PTNTL LGT PCPN RATE AND SFC TEMPS STRUGGLING TO FALL TO THE L30S. ANY SUCH ACCUMS FAVOR WHERE CURRENT WINTER WX ADVISORY (NRN NECK VA TO INTERIOR LWR MD ERN SHORE) IS IN EFFECT...AND GRASS OVR PAVEMENT. LO TEMPS FM THE L-M30S N AND W...TO THE U30S-L40S SE. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY/... MIXED PCPN PSBL ACRS THE EASTERN ONE THIRD OF THE FA FRI (SNOW NORTH... RAIN/SNOW MIX DOWN TO TIDEWATER AREA...RAIN ACROSS NC) ENDS BY 18Z AS THE MSTR WITH THE DEPARTING LOW TRACKS NE AWAY FROM THE AREA AND HIGH PRS BUILDING IN FROM THE W. XPCT DCRG CLDNS W TO E THRU THE DAY. HIGHS IN THE L-M40S. HIGH PRES OVER THE TN VLLY FRI NITE BUILDS EAST OVR THE MID ATLNTC RGN SAT AND SAT NITE. MEANWHILE...A CSTL TROF DVLPS INVOF GULF STREAM WALL. DRY AND SEASONABLE CONDITIONS XPCTD THRU ERLY SUN. LOWS FRI NITE M20S-L30S. HIGHS SAT 45-50. LOWS SAT NITE U20S-M30S. S/W ENRGY WILL SPAWN YET ANTHR LOW PRS SYSTM OFF THE SERN US COAST SAT NITE WITH THIS SYSTM PROGGED TO LIFT NE WELL OFFSHORE SUN. MODELS KEEP ANY SGNFCNT MSTR WITH THIS SYSTM SOUTH OF THE ALBEMARLE SND THRU 18Z SUN WITH SOME LIGHT PCPN SNEAKING ITS WAY UP THE COAST ALONG THE NRN OUTER BANKS AND SERN VA DRNG THE AFTN. WILL MAINTAIN LOW CHC POPS (RAIN) ALONG THE CNTYS THAT BORDER ALBEMARLE SND WITH A BUFFER ZONE OF SLGHT CHC POPS UP TO AND INCLUDING THE TIDEWATER AREA. OTW...PT SUNNY WEST TO MSTLY CLDY EAST. COOLER ALONG THE COAST (M-U40S)...WARMER INLAND (U40S-L50S). && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/... A SERIES OF UPPER LEVEL SHORT WAVES WILL MOVE ACROSS THE NORTHERN STATES NEXT WEEK RESULTING IN UNSETTLED CONDITIONS AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. ARCTIC AIR WILL REMAIN WELL TO THE NORTH SO DAYTIME TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE ABOVE FREEZING. PRECIPITATION OVER SE VA/NE NC ASSOCIATED WITH A DEPARTING SURFACE LOW OFF THE COAST WILL END SUNDAY EVENING. AN UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL DIG SOUTH THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND INTO THE MID ATLANTIC STATES TUESDAY. DUE TO COLD AIR ALOFT WITH THE UPPER LOW...EXPECT THE PCPN TO BE SHOWERY IN NATURE. A MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW IS INDICATED ALONG AND TO THE WEST OF INTERSTATE 95 EVEN WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPR 30S. PCPN SHOULD BE MAINLY RAIN CLOSER TO THE COAST ON TUESDAY. AS PCPN ENDS FROM THE WEST TUESDAY NIGHT...PCPN SHOULD TURN TO SNOW TOWARD THE COAST AS COLDER AIR MOVES IN. HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS FROM THE W/SW WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY WITH DRY AND COOLER WEATHER EXPECTED. HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPR 40S MONDAY WILL LOWER TO THE LOWER 40S BY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. LOWS ARE FORECAST FROM 30 TO 35 MONDAY AND TUESDAY MORNING AND IN THE 20S WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY MORNING. && .AVIATION /08Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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IFR (LCL MVFR) ACROSS AREA TERMINALS THIS MORNING WITH ONGOING PCPN ALONG AND JUST WEST OF FRONT ORIENTED ALONG THE VA/NC COAST LINE EARLY THIS MORNING. RA/DZ PRESENTLY AT ALL TERMINALS, WITH A TRANSITION TO PL/SN EXPECTED AT PHF/RIC/SBY AFTER 09Z. LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED AT SBY AND RIC FOR A SHORT TIME (10-13Z AT RIC/PHF, 11-14Z AT SBY) THIS MORNING. CONDITIONS SLOWLY IMPROVE FROM MID MORNING ON, WITH CONDS IMPROVING TO VFR BY LATE MORNING AND THRU THE AFTN. NNW WINDS REMAIN GUSTY TODAY...IN THE 20-25KT RANGE LATE MORN/AFTN BEFORE WINDS DIMINISH QUICKLY FROM MID AFTN INTO EARLY EVENING. OUTLOOK...MAINLY VFR AND DRY WEATHER ARE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE A CHC FOR RAIN LATE SUNDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING AT ORF/ECG WITH ANOTHER PERIOD OF SUB-VFR CONDITIONS PSBL. MORE PCPN DEVELOPS BY LATE MONDAY AND TUESDAY WITH MIXED RAIN AND SNOW AT RIC/SBY AND MAINLY RAIN SE TERMINALS. MARGINAL MVFR AND BRIEF PDS OF IFR WILL BE PSBL.
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&& .MARINE... HEADLINES ADJUSTED TO EXTEND GALES FOR SRN COASTAL WATERS THROUGH LATE FRI MORNING. ALSO ADDED THE NRN COASTAL WATERS AND SRN CHES BAY INTO GALE HEADLINES AS WELL...FOCUSING ON THE EARLY MORNING THROUGH MID-MORNING TIMEFRAME (1000 PM-1000 AM). SFC COLD FRONT HAS FINALLY MOVED OFF THE COAST LATE THIS AFTN AND LOW PRESSURE IS CENTERED OVER THE WATERS JUST OFF THE VA/NC BORDER. THE LOW WILL SLOWLY TRACK NE ALONG THE STALLED FRONT TONIGHT...MOVING FARTHER NE AND OFFSHORE FRI MORNING. HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING BACK INTO THE MID ATLANTIC REGION WILL RESULT IN A TIGHTENING PRESSURE GRADIENT AND A STRONG NLY SURGE LATE TONIGHT INTO MOST OF FRI BEFORE WINDS DIMINISH. WINDS WILL AVERAGE 20-30KT (15-25KT ERN VA RIVERS/SOUND) WITH GALE GUSTS ANTICIPATED OVER ALL COASTAL WATERS AND SRN CHES FRI MORNING. SEAS AVERAGE 4-6FT THROUGH THIS EVENING...THEN BUILD TO 5-7FT NRN COASTAL WATERS AND 6-10FT SRN COASTAL WATERS LATE TONIGHT INTO FRI BEFORE SLOWLY SUBSIDING FRI NIGHT. WAVES ON CHES BAY AVERAGE 3-4FT THIS EVENING...THEN BUILD TO 4-5FT LATE TONIGHT INTO FRI MORNING. WAVES MAY REACH UP TO 6FT IN SRN CHES BAY DURING PERIOD OF GALE FORCE GUSTS. WINDS FINALLY BEGIN TO DROP OFF FRI NIGHT AND BECOME LIGHT SAT/SAT NIGHT AS HIGH PRESSURE FINALLY SLIDES OVERHEAD SAT AND THEN OFFSHORE BY SAT NIGHT. WINDS/SEAS/WAVES SUBSIDE BELOW SCA CONDITIONS PRIMARILY FOR LATE FRI NIGHT/SAT ONLY BEFORE THE NEXT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES UP THE SE COAST. SPATIAL/TEMPORAL DIFFERENCES REMAIN WITH THE TRACK OF THIS SYSTEM...HOWEVER ANOTHER ROUND OF SCA TO GALE FORCE IMPACTS MAY BE POSSIBLE AGAIN SUN/SUN NIGHT. SEAS EXPECTED TO BUILD TO 5-10FT SRN COASTAL WATERS AND 5-7FT NRN COASTAL WATERS DURING THIS TIMEFRAME. WAVES ON CHES BAY SHOULD AVERAGE 3-4FT WITH UP TO 4-5FT IN THE MOUTH OF CHES BAY SUN NIGHT. && .HYDROLOGY... RIVER FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR RICHMOND/WESTHAM AND THE MEHERRIN AT LAWRENCEVILLE DUE TO THE RUNOFF FROM THE RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL. SEE FLSAKQ FOR DETAILS. && .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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MD...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON FOR MDZ021>025. NC...NONE. VA...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING FOR VAZ075>078. MARINE...GALE WARNING UNTIL NOON EST TODAY FOR ANZ633-654-656-658. GALE WARNING UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING FOR ANZ632-634-650- 652. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON FOR ANZ635>637. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR ANZ630- 631-638.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...ALB/MPR NEAR TERM...ALB/MPR SHORT TERM...MPR LONG TERM...LSA AVIATION...MAM/DAP MARINE...BMD HYDROLOGY...

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