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FXUS61 KBOX 171736

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
136 PM EDT Fri Mar 17 2017

High pressure approaches from the west today providing dry, quiet
weather conditions. It will remain colder than normal but less wind
than yesterday will make it feel more pleasant. A clipper low tracks
south of New England this weekend bringing the potential
for accumulating snow Saturday night into Sunday, with the
highest risk across RI and southeast MA including Cape Cod and
the Islands. Dry weather with seasonable temperatures
temperatures return later Monday, as high pressure builds into
our region. Milder weather Tuesday ahead of an arctic front with
temperatures possibly into the 50s! However behind the front a
frigid airmass with near record cold overspreads the area middle
of next week.



Dry air aloft combined with northwest winds has resulted in a
blue bird day across much of southern New England. Mixing has
increased a bit higher than anticipated so gusty winds around
20-25 MPH is occurring across the area. This has allowed for
surface temps to warm into the mid to upper 30s with a few spots
reaching 40F. Dewpoints have also dropped below guidance thanks
to increase mixing. Aside from some minor tweaks, the bulk of
the forecast remains on track for today.



Cold, dry, quiet weather. High pressure with prevailing subsidence.
Light and variable winds. Opportunistic time for radiational cooling.
Possible mid to upper cloud decks into morning but not expecting
much limitation. Expect mostly clear conditions. Lows getting down
into the single digits for the N/W with deeper snowpack, teens to
low 20s towards the coast.


Increasing clouds along with chances of light snow. Upstream ridge
enhancement promotes equatorward flow downstream thereby promoting
cyclonic enhancement and subtle cutoff of Pacific-origin energy into
a H5 low into the Mid-Atlantic. Increasing pressure falls emerge off
the Delmarva Peninsula as low center begins to undergo maturation.
SW isentropic upslope strengthens in response along and ahead of the
surface warm front developing roughly W-E off the S NJ coast, with
an inverted trough extending back towards Lake Erie from the surface
low center emerging off the Delmarva. This against low level cold
air damming associated with the retreating high pressure N/E over
the NE. Clouds lowering and thickening towards late with strengthening
easterlies in response to pressure falls.

Temperatures remain tricky. The airmass aloft moderates and there is
the possibility that temperatures warm into the low 40s given east
winds and potential sunshine before clouds thicken. Aside, given the
magnitude of column moistening with the overruning setup, could see
light rain / snow develop over S/W forecast areas, CT especially.
Have chance PoPs over S/W portions of MA, RI and CT, with likelies
into Hartford County by evening. If any accumulations, mainly of a
coating with a greater likelihood of sticking onto surfaces at or
below freezing.



* Accumulating snow remains possible Sat night/Sunday with
  highest risk across RI/southeast MA esp Cape Cod & Islands
* Temperatures more seasonable early next week
* Arctic blast with near record cold returns middle of next week

Saturday night and Sunday...

Complex forecast as clipper low over the eastern Great Lakes
Saturday redevelops south of the 40N/70W benchmark Saturday night.
00z models in very good agreement thru 48hrs but then diverge on how
far south mid level low digs off the mid Atlc coast and also differ
on amplitude and how progressive system will be thereafter. To
further complicate things models differ on how quickly mid level low
captures secondary surface circulation and how far north this
surface low will track. Thus lots of uncertainty.

The 00z NAM/UKMET/EC are most robust with modest qpf into south
coastal RI and MA with heaviest qpf over Cape Cod and Islands. NAM
over an inch of qpf Cape Cod/Islands with UKMET up to 0.50 inch, GFS
0.25 to 0.50 inches over this region and EC up to 1.0 inches over
Cape Cod and Nantucket. However EC warms the column with time as the
low occludes with snow mixing with or changing to rain over the
Cape. The combination of a tight qpf gradient across the area along
with potential ptype issues later Sun/Sun evening, results in big
forecast bust potential. Basically comes down to how far north and
west mid level low be able to wrap warm conveyor belt moisture back
into the forecast area, including duration.

As for ensembles, 00z GEFS has pops greater than 50% of 0.50 inches
of qpf confined to Nantucket and Cape Cod. 00z EC ensembles have
mean qpf ranging from 0.50 to 0.80 inches focused over southeast MA
including Cape Cod and the islands.

PTYPE...column plenty cold initially to support all snow across the
entire region. Forecast becomes more complicated later Sun/Sun
evening as offshore low becomes occluded and may eventually advect
warmer air into southeast MA.

Other forecast issue becomes precip/snow intensity. Now that it is
mid March with increasing sun angle, if snow intensity is too light
during the daylight hours Sunday snow will struggle to accumulate on
paved surfaces. This would limit storm impacts.

Other potential impacts from this storm would be wind. Noticeable
low level jet forms with secondary cyclogenesis Sunday/Sunday night.
Good model agreement low level (925 mb) jet 0f 50-60 kt moves across
Nantucket and possibly over Marthas Vineyard and Cape Cod pending
exact storm track. Thus could see NE winds gusting up to 50 mph or
so. Will likely need a wind advisory for this region as the event

Monday and Tuesday...

Monday`s forecast hinges on how progressive or slow moving
ocean storm becomes. New 00z ECMWF has become less progressive
with clouds, precip and gusty NE winds lingering across
southeast MA much of the day Monday. Forecast a bit more certain
farther inland where dry weather should prevail and temps near

Tuesday could be the pick of next week as forecast area is in
between systems, departing ocean storm to the east and arctic front
approaching from the northwest. Could see highs in the 50s! Given
this blended the warmer EC mos to derive max temps Tue.

Wednesday and Thursday...

Arctic airmass overspreads the region with GFS and EC ensembles temp
anomalies at 925 mb and 850 mb (-17C!) as low as -2 standard
deviations colder than climo this period! Deterministic guidance
even colder. This supports highs only in the upper 20s to lower
30s with single digits and teens at night. After checking the
records these temp values will be near record cold for daytime
highs and overnight lows! Thus sided with the coldest guidance
for this period given ensemble


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Saturday night/...

Today...High confidence.
VFR. NW winds with a few gusts near 20 kts during the afternoon.

Tonight til 18z Saturday...High confidence.
VFR. Light and VRB winds increasing to the east during the day.
Increasing cigs lowering to MVFR during the day thanks to
easterly flow and increased low level moisture.

After 18z Saturday into Saturday night...Moderate confidence.
MVFR cigs as snow begins to overspread the S/W portions of CT,
MA and RI during the day. The focus will then turn to on eastern
MA and RI during the overnight hours as winds switch to the
northeast and increase with gusts between 30-40 kts with
possibly 50kts across the Cape and Islands. Accumulating
snowfall on the runways are possible at terminals along and east
of the I-95. Cigs will drop to IFR with the potential in LIFR
due to lowered vsbys in snowfall.

KBOS TAF...High confidence in TAF.

KBDL TAF...High confidence in TAF.

Outlook /Saturday Night through Tuesday/...


MVFR and/or IFR in snow along the south coast of RI and MA including
Cape Cod and islands. VFR likely elsewhere. Strong NE winds develop
along the coast especially Cape Cod and the islands.


MVFR/IFR possible Cape Cod and islands especially early. Elsewhere
VFR likely and dry.


VFR likely along with a modest WNW wind.


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Saturday/...High Confidence.

High pressure settles across the waters into tonight. NW winds
gusting up to 20 kts today diminish, becoming light while turning
out of the E. Expect the conclusion of small craft advisories
late today. Will see increasing easterlies along increasing wave
action of the S waters as an area of low pressure emerges off
the Delmarva Peninsula and begins to strengthen. Small craft
headlines will likely be needed.

Outlook /Saturday Night through Tuesday/...

Saturday night...

Clipper low dives south of New England with winds becoming ENE.
Snow ovespreads the waters.

Sunday/Sunday night...

NE gales likely as low pres intensifies into a gale center southeast
of the benchmark. Snow and rain limit vsby.


NE winds may remain strong over the eastern waters with a
diminishing trend western waters. Vsby may lower in rain and snow
eastern waters early.


Arctic front likely holds off until late in the day or at night.
Thus pleasant weather at least into the afternoon.


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 2 PM EDT this afternoon for ANZ250.
     Small Craft Advisory until 5 PM EDT this afternoon for ANZ254.
     Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for ANZ255-


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