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000 FXUS61 KBOX 190605 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 105 AM EST Mon Feb 19 2018 .SYNOPSIS... A warm front will likely bring a period of showers late today into tonight. This will bringing near record high temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. A cold front Wednesday night will bring showers and then cooler temperatures, but still at or above seasonal normals. Another weather system will pass to our west and north over the weekend bringing another period of wet weather. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/... 1240 AM Update... High pressure ridge slowly pushing E across the region early this morning, which should move off the coast by around 12Z. Veil of high thin cirrus continues to move E across the northeast U.S. as seen on latest GOES-East Air Mass RGB composite satellite loop. Noting mainly calm winds across the region on the 05Z observations so, even with the passing high clouds, temps were mainly in the 20s except a bit milder across the urban centers. With the temps below freezing, should see refreezing of any standing waters into black ice on untreated surfaces. Short range models continue to signal a warm bias vs. current conditions, so have adjusted downward. Beginning to see winds shift to SE-S across central and E NY state on the backside of the ridge so suspect that, once winds start to gradually increase from the S, temps should halt their fall and even rise a bit overnight. The question is when this will start. Will continue to monitor this aspect. Have updated to incorporate near term trends into the overnight forecast. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH 6 PM TUESDAY/... Increasing south winds will boost temperatures well above normal Monday, and likely keep temperatures nearly steady or slowly rising Monday night. Morning sunshine. Increasing clouds during the afternoon as a warm front approaches. There appears to be enough forcing and moisture for a likely period of showers sometime late afternoon into Monday night. Chance for showers should decrease after midnight Tuesday as a warm front moves into northern New England. It should remain mostly cloudy, though. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/... Big Picture... Upper ridges build over the Eastern USA and the East Pacific with a deep trough over the Western USA. Contour heights over Southern New England reach 585 dm, well above the normal 542-545 dm for February. These values lower over the Northeast USA Thursday-Friday but still remain well above normal most of the weekend. Several weak shortwaves eject from the western trough Wednesday through Sunday, with the strongest moving through the Northeast during the weekend. Model large-scale mass and thermal features are in general agreement through Friday, with some differences Saturday-Sunday. Details... Tuesday-Wednesday... With the upper ridge building so strong and with the surface front moving north to the Canadian border, a period of near record warmth is anticipated. Warm advection aloft is expected to limit mixing to about 950 mb where temps support sfc highs of 60 to 65 Tuesday and 65 to 70 Wednesday. South coastal areas will be affected by the cold ocean temps and thus stay in the 50s. Model cross sections show high moisture below 900 mb and dry air above 800 mb. If this moisture is realized as clouds, it could keep all max temps in the 50s each day. We compromised, with highs around 60 on Tuesday when there is a higher chance of clouds. Wednesday night-Thursday... A shortwave supported by a 190-knot upper jet races across Eastern Canada. New England falls under the right entrance region of the jet during this time. This will draw the front south across New England. There are differences in timing of cold fropa with the ECMWF showing a Wednesday evening passage while the GFS shows passage Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Low pressure waves forming along the front could slow the progress of the front. Expect showers during this time, and we will use the slower Wednesday night timing. The model PW fields show a band of high moisture content extending from the Western Gulf of Mexico to New England. PW values over us reach to about 1.3 inches, which is nearly record territory. Convective parameters are interesting with totals in the mid to upper 40s and mid level lapse rates 6 to 6.25C/Km. Locally heavy downpours are possible. Would not rule out some thunder, but the probability is too low to mention at this time. Friday through Sunday... High pressure from the Northern Plains moves east to New England, bringing clearing skies for Thursday night. Clouds then move back in during Friday. The next shortwave climbs out of the western trough and races northeast in the fast-moving flow. Models currently show a second shortwave on the heels of the first. The projected track of the low favors rain for Southern New England, but with concern that some low level cold air could bring a brief period of mixed precipitation Friday night. The trend is for rain everywhere by Saturday. The second shortwave would then maintain a chance of rain into Sunday. Much uncertainty remains with timing of this feature. && .AVIATION /06Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Tuesday/...High confidence. Through 12Z...VFR. Light/variable or calm winds becoming light S after 08Z. Today...Mainly VFR. May see areas of MVFR CIGS/VSBYS push into central and western areas after 18Z in scattered showers. S winds gusting up to around 20 kt from late morning into mid afternoon. Tonight...Areas of MVFR CIGS/VSBYS in scattered -SHRA and patchy fog. Local IFR possible toward the south coast, including the Cape and islands. S winds gust up to 20 kt across Cape Cod and the islands. Tuesday...MVFR conditions in scattered -SHRA and patchy fog early improving to VFR. However, MVFR may linger along the S coast through early afternoon. KBOS Terminal...High confidence in TAF. KBDL Terminal...High confidence in TAF. Outlook /Tuesday Night through Friday/...Moderate to High confidence. Tuesday Night: Mainly VFR, with local IFR possible. Breezy. Wednesday: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Breezy. Wednesday Night: Mainly VFR, with local IFR possible. Breezy. Chance SHRA, patchy BR. Thursday: Mainly MVFR, with areas VFR possible. Chance SHRA. Thursday Night: VFR. Friday: VFR. Slight chance RA in the afternoon. && .MARINE... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Tonight/...High confidence. Through 12Z...Light/variable winds shift to S. Good visibility. Today into Tonight...Increasing S winds, resulting in build seas across the outer coastal waters. Small Craft Advisories will likely be needed across the outer coastal waters as well. Chance of rain showers. Patchy fog possible tonight with visibility of 1 to 3 nm. Outlook /Tuesday through Friday/...Moderate to High confidence. Tuesday through Tuesday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Local rough seas. Slight chance of rain showers. Wednesday: Low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up to 25 kt. Local rough seas. Wednesday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Local rough seas. Chance of rain showers. Thursday: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching 5 ft. Chance of rain showers. Thursday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft. Friday: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft. Slight chance of rain late. && .CLIMATE... Record Highest Observed Temperature for February... (since records began) Boston.........73 (02/24/2017) Hartford.......73 (02/24/1985) Providence.....72 (02/24/1985) Worcester......69 (02/24/2017) Record High Temperatures (Tuesday 20th / Wednesday 21st)... February.......20th......21st..... Boston.........68 (1930) 63 (1906) Hartford.......69 (1930) 63 (1930) Providence.....69 (1930) 63 (1930) Worcester......65 (1930) 59 (1930) Record Warmest Low Temperature... February.......20th......21st..... Boston.........46 (1930) 45 (1994) Hartford.......50 (1981) 49 (1981) Providence.....48 (1981) 50 (1981) Worcester......47 (1981) 43 (2002) && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. MA...None. RI...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...WTB/Belk NEAR TERM...WTB/EVT SHORT TERM...Belk LONG TERM...WTB AVIATION...WTB/Belk/EVT MARINE...WTB/Belk/EVT CLIMATE...Staff is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.