Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KAKQ 162019 AFDAKQ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wakefield VA 319 PM EST Mon Jan 16 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Weak high pressure remains over the local area through tonight. A warm front lifts north through the area Tuesday morning. Low pressure tracks east from the Great Lakes to New England Tuesday night through Wednesday. Its associated cold front pushes off the mid-Atlantic coast Wednesday afternoon, with high pressure building over the area on Thursday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... Sfc high pressure (~1033mb) remains centered over the Delmarva late this morning, and will remain in place over the region through this evening. Still some spotty areas of light rain/drizzle across the area, with a trend towards dissipating of that -RA over the next few hrs. Temperatures avg in the upper 30s to lower-mid 40s, with readings only expected to rise a few degrees for highs that will avg in the lower-mid 40s (upper 40s in NE NC). Additional QPF will be a trace or less for the most part so will have only a 20% POP (or less) through the aftn, but did mention areas of drizzle over the interior through 18Z where lower Cigs reside. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY/... Weak CAD lingers tonight...keeping mainly cloudy conditions. Little/no forcing for pcpn. Lows in the u30s to around 40F. Strong sfc low pressure moves NE to the SRN Great Lakes on Tue...lifting a warm front N through the local area. Winds becoming S scour out the CAD during the morning. Models continue to trend toward another wet/dreary day though...w/ hi chance-likely PoPS over the northern 1/2 of the FA...less rain and lower PoPS but still mainly cloudy across the S. Temps moderate but with all the clouds...highs likely do not get out of the 50s (will maintain l60s far S for now). Cold Front passes through Wed...and with deeper mixing and WNW flow in low levels...should see some breaks in the clouds and a warm day with highs at least in the 60s. Showers will be most likely across the E and SE where drier air is slower to arrive. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/... A series of low pressure systems will lift northeast from the Southern Plains during the long term period. This pattern will keep temperatures above normal for the long term along with a few rounds of precipitation. The timing of the precipitation has been moved a little earlier than the previous forecast. The first system will move through in the form of an upper level short wave Friday with likely POPs except 50 percent POPs for the northeast North Carolina counties. The precipitation ends from southwest to northeast late Friday and Friday evening. The next system will be stronger with a cutoff upper over the Mississippi Valley and associated deep surface low and frontal boundaries extending across the Mid Atlantic States. There is a good chance for showers in the Mid Atlantic States by Sunday afternoon which continue into Monday. Kept POPs no higher than 40 to 50 percent due to a lack of confidence on days 6 and 7. Max temperatures in the 50s Friday through Sunday warm to the lower 60s west of the Bay Monday. Lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s Friday morning warm into the 40s Saturday through Monday mornings. && .AVIATION /20Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 17z...High pressure near the Mid Atlantic Coast will slip off to the east. As low pressure moves northeast from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes...a warm front will approach from the southwest. Low level moisture will keep ceilings generally MVFR and lower to IFR mainly at RIC early Tuesday morning. Periods of light drizzle over southeast Virginia will diminish this afternoon. Showers develop mainly northern portions during the day Tuesday. Winds will be light through the 18Z TAF period. OUTLOOK...The warm front moves north of the region Tuesday afternoon. Precipitation moves out of the area and conditions improve. a cold front moves through Wednesday morning and may be associated with a few showers. The weather improves once again Thu. An upper level system may bring showers to the area Friday. Dry weather returns for Saturday. && .MARINE... A frontal boundary remains south of the area today as sfc high pres centers over the Mid Atlantic...eventually sliding offshore this aftn. Sub-sca conditions for today with winds below 10 kt, 1-2 ft waves over the Bay and 2-3 ft seas over coastal waters. A warm front lifts north through the area Tue, with winds becoming southerly Tue ahead of the next cold front which crosses the waters early Wed. Hi pres returns Thu. Sub-sca conditions expected through this period. && .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. NC...None. VA...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...LKB NEAR TERM...LKB SHORT TERM...ALB/LKB LONG TERM...LSA AVIATION...LSA MARINE...MAS is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.