Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Boston, MA

Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
-- Highlight Changed Discussion --
-- Discussion containing changed information from previous version are highlighted. --
000 FXUS61 KBOX 131506 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 1006 AM EST Wed Dec 13 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A gale center will move into the Maritimes today with windy and very cold conditions in its wake. A fast moving low pressure will track south of New England late tonight and early Thursday bringing a period of light snow to the south coast and especially the Islands. Another low pressure may bring some light snow around Friday night then cold and dry for Saturday. Somewhat milder temperatures return on Sunday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
-- Changed Discussion --
10 AM Update... Modified arctic air streaming across the region this morning with SPC mesoanalysis contouring -20C air at 850 mb over Northern NY state 13z! Thus not much of a temperature recovery today with highs only in the 20s and blustery west winds 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45-50 mph generating wind chills in the single digits and teens. Cyclonic flow aloft combined with some lake effect moisture will generate SCT-BKN cumulus clouds across the area along with a few snow showers/flurries especially across the upslope areas of the high terrain of western MA. Ocean effect snows will continue off the south coast of RI/MA but should only clip Nantucket given the WNW low level trajectory. Previous forecast captures these details nicely so no major changes with this update. Previous Discussion... Mid level low moves across New Eng this morning before lifting NE this afternoon. Cold pool aloft with 500 mb temps around -32C combined with some low and mid level moisture moving through will lead to a period of bkn cu and can`t rule out a few flurries, especially higher terrain. Clearing later afternoon. The main weather story for today will be wind and cold in the wake of the departing low pres moving into the Maritimes. 850 mb temps bottom out around -15C to -16C today so only expect minor recovery from morning lows. Highs will range through the 20s to near 30 outer Cape/Islands, with some upper teens in the Berkshires. Wind chills will be in the single numbers and teens. Well mixed boundary layer with steep low level lapse rates will promote excellent mixing with soundings suggesting peak gusts 40-50 mph, strongest mid/late afternoon especially over higher elevations. We expanded the wind advisory to include all of MA/RI.
-- End Changed Discussion --
&& .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY/... A period of clear skies expected this evening with gusty winds gradually diminishing overnight. However, clouds will quickly return as a rather robust mid level shortwave moves across the Ohio Valley to south of New Eng late tonight and early Thu. Low pres tracks south of the coast and attempts to spread some light snow north into portions of SNE late tonight into early Thu. Plenty of dry air initially to overcome which will limit northward extent of snowfall. Best chance for a period of light snow will be near the south coast and especially the Islands where better moisture and lift. Guidance indicating a brief period of modest omega in the DGZ over the Islands 09z-12z with sharp decrease in omega to the north. Minor accum of a coating to an inch is possible for the south coast and especially the Islands with low prob for 2 inches BID-ACK. However, a sharp gradient is expected on the northern edge of the snow shield so if it shifts slightly south, little or no accum will be the result. Light snow may linger into Thu morning immediate south coast and especially Cape/Islands as low pres passes to the south. Otherwise, drier air and clearing skies behind the departing low pres will gradually move in from NW to SE but it may take until mid afternoon for clearing to reach far SE New Eng. A period of gusty NW winds will develop Thu afternoon with gusts 20-30 mph. Another unseasonably cold day with highs mid 20s to lower 30s. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... Overview... Mid level pattern remains active but progressive across the lower 48 through this period. High amplitude pattern continues late this week, with cutoff H5 low pressure across eastern Canada. Another mid level short wave will push out of the Great Lakes late this week into the weekend. Models continue to signal some southern stream energy and moisture trying to work up the eastern seaboard Fri night into Sat, and may see some moisture try to link up with the short wave. Model solution spread lends to lower confidence with this aspect of the forecast. The amplified mid level pattern forecasted to break down late this week into the weekend, with the western ridge flattening out and the H5 cutoff out of Ontario breaking down as it shifts E. The steering flow then opens up, keeping systems moving cross country while the western ridge may try to re-orient over the eastern Pacific by the end of the period. As for temperatures, expect the coldest air across the region Thu night into Sat, with H85 temps running from -10C to -15C for a good portion of this period. With the pattern change, the mid level steering flow flattens out which will allow temps to moderate with a more westerly flow by late in the weekend into early next week. Temps will trend close to normal into the beginning of the work week. Used a blend of available guidance through Saturday, then trended toward an ensemble blend through the remainder of the period. Details... Thursday night... Expect mainly clear and cold conditions Thu night as high pres builds E out of the Ohio Valley. Leftover W-NW winds gusting to 20- 25 kt Thu evening will diminish as the pres gradient relaxes, though some higher gusts will linger along the immediate coast. Clouds will start to increase from the S during the early morning hours. With H85 temps in the -10C to -15C range, will see surface temps bottom out in the single digits and teens except lingering in the lower 20s across the outer Cape and Nantucket. Friday through Saturday... H5 short wave and surface reflection will slide E out of the Great Lakes, so clouds will continue to increase. Another low and southern stream energy tries to develop off the mid Atlc coast Fri afternoon and, as winds shift to light S-SW, some low level moisture will reach into central and southern areas by late in the day. Best shot for scattered snow showers looks to occur along the S coast, Cape Cod and the islands Fri night into Sat. The system out of the Lakes will push E, with most of what`s left of its energy pushing across northern New England. However, some leftover moisture could reach the E slopes of the Berkshires Fri night through about midday Sat before dissipating. Have slight chance to low chance POPs going there. As the coastal low exits by midday Sat, pressure gradient tightens again as high pres pushes E. Will see W-NW winds become gusty once again, upwards to 20-25 mph. So, even with slight milder temps, wind chill values will range from the single digits across the higher terrain to around 20 along the immediate coast by Sat afternoon. Highs on Friday will remain below freezing for most areas, except may reach the lower-mid 30s along the S coast, Cape Cod and the islands. It will be a bit milder on Saturday, with highs from the mid 20s across the higher terrain to the lower-mid 30s across the coastal plain. Saturday night... High pressure ridge will build across the eastern seaboard, so expect mainly mostly clear skies. Some gusty winds will linger Sat evening then diminish, but it will be another cold night. Expect low temps in the teens for most areas, except in the 20s along the immediate coast and islands. Sunday and Sunday night... As the high ridge shifts E, winds shift to S-SW which will bring a bit milder air northward. However, will also see moisture ahead of an approaching warm front moving NE. At this point, looks like precip will start off as snow showers Sunday afternoon, mixing with rain at times before changing to snow showers Sun night. Not a whole lot of moisture expect with this system. Some question how fast the warm front moves amongst the model suite. Monday and Tuesday... At this point, the front should push offshore Monday, but again rather wide model solution spread with the departing low. Not a lot of cold air behind the front, though, as a nearly zonal flow at the surface and aloft in place through Tue. Current forecasted temps suggest readings close to seasonal levels during this timeframe. && .AVIATION /15Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
-- Changed Discussion --
Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Thursday/... 15z update... Not much change from previous 06z and 12z TAFs. Mainly VFR but marginal MVFR at times in brief snow showers/flurries. Ocean effect snow showers off the south coast of MA/RI should just clip Nantucket with bulk of activity remaining offshore. See previous discussion below. ===================================================================== Today...High confidence. VFR with SCT-BKN 040-050. Local MVFR CIGS across the outer Cape and KACK at times. Strong, gusty W-NW winds peaking this afternoon with gusts 35-40 kt, locally around 45 kt across the higher terrain. Tonight...Moderate confidence. Mainly VFR cigs, but lowering to MVFR over the islands and south coast after 06z as area of light snow spreads north. Low risk for brief IFR vsbys over the islands. Gusty winds to 35 kt in the evening, diminishing overnight. Thursday...High confidence. Areas of MVFR in lingering light snow in the morning Cape/Islands and south coast, otherwise VFR with gradual clearing from NW to SE. W/NW gusts to 25 kt in the afternoon. KBOS Terminal...High confidence in TAF. KBDL Terminal...High confidence in TAF. Outlook /Thursday Night through Sunday/... Thursday Night: VFR. Breezy. Friday: VFR. Friday Night: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Breezy. Slight chance SHSN. Saturday: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Breezy. Saturday Night: VFR. Windy with local gusts to 30 kt Sat evening. Sunday: VFR. Breezy. Chance SHSN.
-- End Changed Discussion --
&& .MARINE... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Thursday/...High confidence. Gale force W-NW winds peaking this afternoon into early this evening with gusts 40-45 kt, then diminishing through tonight. Another pulse of W-NW gusts to 25-30 kt developing Thu afternoon. Rough seas. Vsbys lowering in developing snow late tonight and early Thu over south coastal waters, improving in the afternoon. Outlook /Thursday Night through Sunday/... Thursday Night: Moderate risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with areas of gusts up to 30 kt. Areas of rough seas. Friday: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft. Friday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft. Chance of snow showers, chance of rain showers. Saturday: Moderate risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up to 30 kt. Local rough seas. Slight chance of rain showers, slight chance of snow showers. Saturday Night: Low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up to 30 kt. Local rough seas. Sunday: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft. Chance of rain showers. && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
-- Changed Discussion --
CT...None. MA...Wind Advisory until 10 PM EST this evening for MAZ007-019- 022>024. Wind Advisory until 8 PM EST this evening for MAZ002>006- 008>018-020-021-026. RI...Wind Advisory until 10 PM EST this evening for RIZ008. Wind Advisory until 8 PM EST this evening for RIZ001>007. MARINE...Gale Warning until 1 AM EST Thursday for ANZ232>235-237. Gale Warning until 1 AM EST Thursday for ANZ230-231-251. Gale Warning until 9 PM EST this evening for ANZ236. Gale Warning until 3 AM EST Thursday for ANZ250-254. Gale Warning until 3 AM EST Thursday for ANZ255-256.
-- End Changed Discussion --
&& $$ SYNOPSIS...KJC/EVT NEAR TERM...KJC/Nocera/EVT SHORT TERM...KJC LONG TERM...EVT AVIATION...KJC/Nocera/EVT MARINE...KJC/EVT

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.