Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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FXUS61 KBGM 060908

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
408 AM EST Tue Dec 6 2016

Weak high pressure will sit over the area through the early
afternoon resulting in a brief period of quiet weather. The next
storm system to impact the region will roll into the area this
afternoon bringing rain and snow showers to central New York and
northeast Pennsylvania. High pressure will build back into the
region on Wednesday producing dry and seasonable weather.


400 AM EST Update...
Some stratus is present this morning over central NY as a low-lvl
inversion continues to trap lingering moisture from yesterday`s
lake effect(LE) showers. There are a couple of sprinkles
lingering, the atmosphere is too warm for ice crystals to be
introduced to the clouds, thus what will continue to linger this
morning will fall in the form as rain.

This morning and afternoon will be fairly quiet as weak high
pressure will sit over the region combined with anti-cyclonic flow
aloft. This will be short lives as high pressure will drift to
the east this afternoon and the next system to impact the area
will start to move into the region.

Precip should start to push into NEPA after 18Z and spread N and E
into central NY by 00Z. Precip type with this system will be
Rain/Rain & Snow/Snow. Precip type will be highly dependent on
elevation and sfc temp. This snow is expected to be a wet snow
with snowfall amounts ranging from a trace to up to 3 inches (with
the highest accumulations expected within the higher terrain). The
best chance for widespread precip across the region will be
between 7PM Tues and 7AM Wed. As temps decrease overnight(into
Wed morning) expect precip type to become more dominant snow, thus
expect during this duration to see the greatest accumulations. We
will closely monitor the event as it evolves, and if snowfall
amounts change and are expected to increase, we may consider
issuing an advisory.

Similar to the last system, expect this system to move out quickly
and the majority of the precip to be out of our area by 15Z Wed, and
all chances for precip should end by 18Z.

Temps will be in the lower 40s as this system first pushes in and
are expected to only fall into the low to mid 30s Tuesday night.
Temps are expected to quickly rise Wed morning into the uppr 30s.


400 AM EST Update...
Wednesday night...Southwest flow both at the surface and aloft
combined with surface high pressure in the mid Atlantic region will
make for a dry period. Overnight lows will range from the middle
20s to around 30.

Thursday...Upper level trough moves into central New York by late
day. Initial surface trough crosses the region during the afternoon
bringing scattered snow showers to much of the region. By late day
flow becomes favorable for more significant lake effect snow to drop
into northern Oneida County. Will continue with likely pops here and
high chance for the rest of central New York with just low chance or
slight chance for northeast Pennsylvania. Snowfall for much of
central New York will be an inch or less with up to three inches in
northern Oneida County. Highs will range in the lower to middle 30s.

Thursday night...The temperature drops to around -10C while the low
level flow gradually veers. Model soundings show a fairly
significant moisture depth indicating lift in the dendritic snow
growth region. The GFS is faster with the secondary trough than the
NAM. The NAM would keep much of the significant lake effect snow
under a 285/290 flow through 12Z Friday while the GFS indicates a
more northwest flow after 06Z. For now will keep categorical pops
over much of Oneida, Onondaga and Madison counties. Several inches
of snowfall looks likely here with winter weather flags possible by
later shifts.


400 AM EST Update...
Upper level trough remains over the northeast through the first part
of the weekend with lake effect snow continuing through Friday
night. Temperature at 850mb drops to -12/-14C both Friday into
Friday night so significant lake effect snow is possible through
this period southeast of Lake Ontario. By Saturday weakening flow
and decreasing moisture will result in the activity gradually
diminishing while it lifts back north. Temperatures Friday through
Saturday night will run 5 to 10 degrees below normal.

For the remainder of the extended period the upper level flow across
the United States becomes more zonal. A couple of systems will move
into the western Great Lakes and through eastern Canada. This will
bring a chance for light snow through the period which could mix
with rain on Monday.


Strato-Cu clouds will linger overnight over KSYR and KRME, but
for the most part KITH, KELM, KBGM, and KAVP are expected to
remain mostly clear and VFR tonight. Winds will remain light and
variable through sunrise.

Tomorrow afternoon the next storm system will start to push into
the area from the SW. This system will bring fuel alternate
required ceilings with possible embedded IFR with -RASN. If showers
become comprised of snow, visbys will quickly fall to IFR, but
confidence is to low attm to place in tafs. Showers are expected
to continue through the night and produce 1 to 2 inches of snow
across the area. Winds will remain E/SE around 5-10 knots through
06Z Tuesday.


Tuesday night...Restrictions expected in rain/wet snow.

Wednesday-Thursday...Possible restrictions in lower ceilings and
scattered rain/snow showers.

Friday-Saturday...Occasional lake-effect snow showers, with
associated restrictions, mainly KRME/KSYR/KITH/KBGM.




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