Area Forecast Discussion
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918 FXUS61 KAKQ 262006 AFDAKQ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service WAKEFIELD VA 406 PM EDT Sun Mar 26 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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A weak frontal boundary over the area lifts back to the north tonight into Monday. A cold front approaches from the west Monday night and crosses the region late Tuesday through Tuesday night. High pressure builds in from the north on Wednesday.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH MONDAY/...
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Current analysis indicates sfc boundary (in a weakened state) bisecting the CWA from NW to SE. Remaining cool/cloudy over the far N/NE zones (temperatures mainly in the 50s), with readings in the 70s across interior southern/central VA. Cool onshore flow keeping immediate coast of se VA in the upper 50s as well. A few isolated showers seen on radar, but PoPs are 20% at most through the evening. Lows tonight in the u40s-around 50F on the ern shore to the l-m50s elsewhere...w/ mainly dry conditions and partly cloudy SE to mostly cloudy on the lower MD ern shore and along-W of I 95. Some patchy fog possible,but overall as winds shift to the SSW expect it to be mainly along the coastal eastern shore. Initial system lifts into/through New England Mon...leaving FA w/ continued mild/warm conditions as hi pres (sfc-aloft) remains invof SE CONUS coast. Genly mostly cloudy mOn morning, becoming partly sunny by aftn. All zones will be back in the warm sector Mon, even the eastern shore so aside from locally cooler readings at the immediate coast, most areas will rise into the mid-upper 70s. Not much forcing for widespread precip, but will carry 20% PoPs for aftn showers/tstms inland given some instability by aftn.
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&& .SHORT TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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Upper level ridging begins to break down Mon night, as the front approaches from the W and will carry chc PoPs west of I-95 after midnight/20% or less E. Warm with lows mainly 55-60 F. Upper level trough pushes into the area Tue as a sfc cold front passes by late. Continued warm w/ highs well into the 70s to near 80F There will be a higher chance for showers and aftn tstms. Will continue with 40-50% PoPs most areas, with a small area of 60% PoPs across the N. There will be some potential for a few stronger storms Tue aftn/evening as speed and directional increases and sfc dew pts will be near 60 F, but overall not looking like widespread severe wx. Drying late Tue night with lows mainly 50-55 F, with mostly sunny conditions Wed, somewhat cooler but still a little above avg with highs 60-65 near the coast and in the upper 60s to lower 70s well inland.
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&& .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/... Low pressure and assoc cold front will be pushing acrs the region and off the coast Tue night...maintaining slgt chc or chc of showers. Dry wx expected for Wed thru most of Thu, as high pressure builds in fm the N. Chance for more showers and possible tstms then Thu night into at least the first part of Sat, as low pressure and another assoc cold front approaches and moves acrs the region. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s Wed, in the mid 50s to mid 60s Thu and Fri, and in the 60s to lower 70s Sat. Lows in the mid 40s to lower 50s Tue night, in the lower to mid 40s Wed night and Thu night, and in the mid 40s to lower 50s Fri night. && .AVIATION /20Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
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Continued IFR CIGS at KSBY through 22-00Z this evening, but otherwise, mainly VFR conditions to prevail as winds shift more to the SE and then the SSW overnight. Isolated showers possible this evening, probably RIC has the best chance. Unsettled wx conditions will persist across the region through mid-week. Sub- VFR conditions will be possible the early morning hours Mon primarily due to low ceilings, though guidance has backed off on this a bit and increasing SSW flow may keep this from occurring. Scattered showers becoming increasingly likely by Tue/Tue night. Periods of reduced aviation conditions will be possible during times of precipitation. Dry/VFR Wed as winds shift to the N.
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&& .MARINE... Updated to increase wave heights to 3-4 ft a little farther S for coastal waters as boundary has slipped S to around Cape Charles Light with E/NE winds of ~15 KT (still doesn`t appear that any headlines will be needed). Otherwise, relatively benign marine conditions expected the next several days with no headlines anticipated. A frontal boundary will remain nearly stationary across the eastern shore and mid Bay today, before lifting back north of that area tonight. Low pressure and its associated cold front will track from the srn Plains ENE and across the local area Tue into early Wed morning. Other than winds turning to the E or SE for today into this evening, expect SW or S winds 15 kt or less tonight thru Tuesday. As low pressure moves out to sea late Tue night thru Wed morning, winds will turn to the NW then N arnd 10 kt or less. High pressure will build in from the N for Wed night and Thu, with NE winds 15 kt or less. Seas 2-4 ft; waves 1-2 ft thru midweek. && .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. NC...None. VA...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...LKB NEAR TERM...LKB SHORT TERM...ALB/LKB LONG TERM...TMG AVIATION...LKB MARINE...JDM/TMG

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