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000 FXUS61 KBOX 062126 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 339 PM EST Tue Dec 6 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Two low pressure centers will miss Southern New England tonight, one to the northwest, the other well to the south. In between some light snow and rain will impact the region early in the morning tomorrow, giving way to drying by later in the day. A cold front crosses the region Thursday with little more than a brief passing rain/snow shower or two. Mainly dry but unseasonably cold temperatures follow Friday and Saturday. Low pressure may bring a period of mainly rain to the coastal plain with a wintry mix more likely across the interior sometime Sunday into Monday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING/... Early overrunning and upper lvl moisture flux already evident in the form now nearly BKN-OVC CI across areas SW of the Worcester hills and points SW. Noting very wide precip shield mainly near and SW of the NYC metro, but bulk of this is sliding E rather than NE as it encounters the drier air at mid and low lvls thanks to subsidence inversion within remnant high pres nose. The bulk of the moisture field (where PWATS near or exceed 1.0 inches) will remain well S coincident with developing cyclone S of the Delmarva through 00Z. Still with upper lvl cutoff approaching from the NW, expecting the development of modest inverted trof and slight moisture flux where PWATs should approach 140 percent of normal by the early AM hours, as the column moisture loads slowly through the mid and low lvls. As this occurs, noting modest omega within the snow growth regime to suggest wet-bulb effect may occur as virga gives way to precip reaching the sfc. Areas inland of the coast wetbulb to near 30-32F where mins should reach. This initial wetbulb and omega within the snow growth suggest an initial thump of -SN inland beginning in CT near midnight and moving NE through about 4AM, however the omega weakens as the trof loses strength and the cyclone well to the S usurps some of the available moisture. Snowfall/Rainfall... With initial surge midnight-4AM local, and QPF values near 0.01-0.1 inches, areas inland of the coast should see mainly an inch or less of light snowfall during the early morning hours. Overall values should be generally less than we received Sun night into Mon. Marginal temps will limit these values and only within the E-slopes of the Berkshires do we expect 1+ inches, thanks to predominantly E flow enhancing the upslope flow. Near the shore, especially the E coast, mainly rain can be expected as the flow will be onshore, where SSTs hover in the upper 40s. Still some slippery areas for the AM commute in the interior of MA/RI/CT where light snowfall could impact untreated roadways. Precip will be gradually ending due to the weakening and loss of moisture mentioned above after sunrise. Did lean a bit more widespread with at least a T of snow as mesoscale guidance is underdoing it with the omega available within the snow growth regime. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/... Tomorrow... Early transition from snowfall/rainfall to mainly snizzle/drizzle due to loss of ice crystals in the column thanks to drying and cold advection early. Most of the precip should be winding down within a couple hours of sunset, and ending everywhere by mid day. This is thanks to ridge of high pres out of the SW regaining control and once again splitting the N and S streams. Still expect a fair amount of clouds even as precip ends mainly due to the cold advection aloft yielding some low-lvl steep lapse rates and trapped moisture. Therefore, leaned on the colder side of guidance in spite of the SW flow. Should only see highs in the upper 30s and low 40s (although a few breaks could allow for some mid 40s if they occur). Tomorrow night... Although ridging weakens through the overnight hours the continued flow of dry air should limit the impacts of warm advection under return SW flow which will veer to the W overnight. Trapped moisture will yield enough clouds to limit radiational cooling, therefore, will hold overnight mins in the upper 20s and low 30s predominantly, although some urban locations should stay above freezing during the overnight hours. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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Highlights... * Seasonable temps Thu with just a brief passing rain/snow shower * Unseasonably cold but mainly dry Fri into Sat * Period of rain favored along the coastal plain with a wintry mix possible across the interior Sun into Mon Details... Thursday... A cold front crosses the region on Thursday, but as is often the case the coldest air will lag a bit behind the front. High temps likely still recover into the upper 30s in the high terrain and lower to middle 40s on the coastal plain. Mainly dry weather anticipated, but a passing rain/snow shower or two are possible with the cold front particularly along the east slopes of the Berkshires. Thursday night and Friday... Much colder air will work into the region Thursday night and Friday as 850T drop to around -15C. Low temps Thu night should drop into the 20s in most locations with highs Fri remaining in the 30s. Northwest winds should also be gusty during the daylight hours Fri. Dry weather dominates Thu night/Fri, but a brief passing flurry/snow shower or two can not be ruled out with remnant Lake Effect Moisture. Highest risk should be along the east slopes of the Berks as is typically the case is in these situations. Friday night and Saturday... Large high pressure builds across the region Friday night into Saturday, bringing the coldest air of the season. Light winds/mainly clear skies should allow low temps to fall well down into the teens across most locales Friday night. Despite plenty sunshine Saturday, expect high temps to only reach the upper 20s to the lower 30s. Sunday into Monday... High pressure moves off the coast allowing for a return flow of milder air to work into southern New England. At the same time, low pressure will lift up towards the Great Lakes. This will generate southwest flow at the surface and allow the airmass to quickly modify along the coastal plain, without a lingering high pressure across eastern Canada. So while a brief period of snow can not be rule out along the coastal plain, odds would favor a quick change to rain especially given relatively mild SST this time of year. Across the interior, certainly a better shot for an extended period of snow/ice particularly if secondary low pressure develops along the coast. Nothing is set in stone at this time range, but the potential for at least a period of snow/ice exists across the interior sometime next Sun into Mon. Tuesday... Low confidence at this time range but will keep temps near seasonable levels. Ensemble guidance indicating potential for a shot of very cold air by next Wed/Thu, but still a ways out there.
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&& .AVIATION /20Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Through 03Z this evening...High confidence. Mainly VFR with gradually building clouds from the SW and lowering CIGS. Winds shift mainly E later this afternoon. Some MVFR clouds possible Cape/Islands by about 21Z. Tonight...Moderate confidence. MVFR CIGS overspread the remainder of S New England between 03Z and 06Z. Also, a mix of rain near the coast, and snow inland (both light) spreads SW-NE through 08Z. Some light coating of snow possible on runways mainly 20-30 mph inland of the coast. This snow/rain mix continues through about 14Z along with a mix of IFR/MVFR conditions due to lower vsbys. Winds remain E. Tomorrow and tomorrow night...High confidence. Most of the snow/rain ends between 12Z and 14Z (some may linger a bit later). Conditions remain mostly MVFR due to low cigs through the afternoon, after which some clearing/lifting should lead to more widespread VFR conditions with CIG heights mainly 030-060. Winds shift to the SW. VFR lingers into the overnight. KBOS TAF...High confidence today, and moderate confidence tonight. VFR through this about 02Z (give or take an hour)then lowering to a MVFR ceiling which will linger into tomorrow. Some light rain mainly after 06Z and continuing through about 14Z. KBDL TAF...High confidence today with VFR conditions. Moderate confidence tonight into Wednesday morning. MVFR ceilings and visibilities in light snow likely after 03z tonight. MVFR ceiling and visibilities in fog may linger into a portion of Wednesday morning. Outlook /Thursday through Sunday/... Thursday and Friday...Moderate to high confidence. Mainly VFR but a brief period of marginal MVFR CIGS possible in some strato-cumulus clouds and a brief passing snow shower or two. Northwest wind gusts of 25 knots expected Friday. Friday night and Saturday...High confidence in VFR conditions. Sunday...Low to moderate confidence. Conditions may lower to MVFR- IFR thresholds sometime Sun or Sun night in some rain and/or snow. && .MARINE... Forecaster Confidence Levels. Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Wednesday Night/... Confidence...High Winds, although veering from the E tonight, back to the W by late tomorrow, should remain below small craft advisory thresholds into tomorrow night. May be a few gusts around 20 kt early tomorrow morning as low pres passes well S of the waters, but this will be the closest things get. Seas too, remain generally at or below the 4 ft mark. Outlook /Thursday through Sunday/... Thursday and Friday...Moderate to high confidence. West to northwest wind gusts of 30 knots expect to develop late Thu into Fri in the strong cold advection pattern behind a cold front. Brief gale force wind gusts can not be ruled out. Saturday and Sunday...Moderate to high confidence. Left over small craft wind gusts/seas gradually diminish Saturday as high pressure builds in from the west. High pressure moves across the waters Sun, keeping winds/seas below small craft advisory thresholds. && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. MA...None. RI...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Doody/Frank NEAR TERM...Doody SHORT TERM...Doody LONG TERM...Frank AVIATION...Doody/Frank MARINE...Doody/Frank is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.