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000 FXUS61 KBOX 091508 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 1008 AM EST Fri Dec 9 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Mainly dry, but unseasonably cold temperatures are on tap for our region through Saturday. Some mixed wintry precipitation is looking more likely Sunday evening into the day on Monday, but uncertainty remains. Cooler conditions return by the middle of next week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... 10 am update... Cyclonic flow persisting through which NW winds blow. Can see just how well mixed the environment is with the 12z soundings allowing the mix-down of drier air and faster winds. Seeing gusts on up to 35 mph and combined with forecast highs into the 30s, with the high terrain into the upper 20s, it is going to feel much colder with wind chill values 10 degrees cooler making it feel closer to the teens. Cold air advection proceeding aloft, H85 temperatures right now around -10C falling to -15C through the day. Just look at the difference between the 12z Chatham sounding and that of Albany. That`s some cold Arctic air associated with a reinforcing cold front presently sweeping the region. Scattered cloud decks, more broken to the W and out across the Outer Cape (per ocean effect). Likely to see some flurry activity off the Great Lakes extend over the mountains into the CT River Valley. Have prevailed accordingly. Good day for hot chocolate. Question is how many marshmallows? && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM SATURDAY/... Our region should remain in between the major weather features tonight and Saturday. Mid level flow is fairly zonal, with a stronger shortwave arriving Saturday. At the surface, high pressure remains to our southwest, with a low pressure over the Maritimes. Expecting gusty northwest winds to continue, although not quite as strong as today. Not much chance for precipitation, due to lacking humidity. However, there should be enough moisture for some clouds as the shortwave arrives. Temperatures will be 10-15 degrees below normal. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/... */ Highlights... * Wintry precipitation likely Sunday evening into Monday * Another system may bring precip sometime Tuesday or Wednesday * Another round of unseasonably cold weather late in the week */ Overview... Models and ensemble members are in generally good agreement on much of the long term, particularly with the synoptic pattern. After starting the period with below normal temperatures, two systems may bring precipitation to southern New England. The first one moves through the region Sunday into Monday, bringing a period of mainly snow to much of the area, changing to rain along the coastal plain. The second one, a coastal system, may bring another round of snow/rain to the region sometime Tuesday or Wednesday. Or it may stay far enough to the south that there may not be much, if any, precipitation. An arctic front will bring below normal temperatures back to the region late next week. */ Daily Discussion... Sunday and Monday... Much of the day Sunday should be fairly dry as weak upper ridging moves over southern New England and high pressure moves slowly offshore. Then a shortwave moves through the upper level flow over the area early Monday. There is still some uncertainty with the track of the associated low pressure system and the potential development and location of a secondary low pressure system. Expect the models to start coming into better agreement later today as the energy responsible for the system moves onshore and is better sampled. The track of the primary low and any secondary low development will affect thermal profiles. So this is leading to a bit of uncertainty with the p-type through the event. At this time, believe it will be a mainly snow or rain scenario, but there is a low probability of a period of ice during the transition as the warmer air moves in aloft. While it is still a bit too early to detail exact snow amounts, confidence is high that a portion of the area could have accumulations in the 3 to 6 inch range. Most of the area should see at least a dusting of snow, with the possible exception being the Islands. Monday night and Tuesday... The 00Z runs of the models/ensembles indicate high pressure will build into the region and be the dominant feature during this time. However, this is a change from previous runs which had a bit more activity, especially during Tuesday. So this period remains a bit uncertain and unsettled. Wednesday and Thursday... Confidence remains rather low for this period. A broad upper level trough in the Great Lakes moves eastward over southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. A strong shortwave will rotate through this trough bringing another period of unsettled weather to southern New England. The low pressure system associated with this shortwave looks to be a coastal low at this point, but there is significant spread in the ensembles as to how close this system comes to southern New England. Beyond the potential precipitation event, another shot of arctic air is expected to move into the region. && .AVIATION /15Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Saturday/...High confidence. VFR. NW winds sustained around 10 to 15 kts, gusting up to 35 kts. SCT low-end VFR cigs. Winds diminishing into Saturday. KBOS TAF...W/NW flow. Gusts up to 35 kts. KBDL TAF...W/NW flow. Gusts up to 30 kts. Outlook /Saturday Night through Tuesday/... Saturday night through Sunday...High confidence. Mainly VFR conditions expected. Lowering clouds and approaching precipitation may result in a trend towards MVFR after noon on Sunday. Sunday evening through Monday...Moderate confidence. MVFR/IFR develop in snow Sunday night. Snow may change to rain across portions of the coastal plain Monday. Accumulating snow is likely across the interior. Some improvement is possible late Monday as precipitation comes to an end. Tuesday...Low confidence. Improving conditions. Mainly VFR. && .MARINE... Forecaster Confidence Levels. Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Saturday/...High confidence. 10 am update... Winds and seas on track. NW sustained around 10 to 15 kts with gusts up to 35 kts outside the inner harbors and sounds. Waves building 5 to 8 feet. Will see winds diminish as we go into Saturday allowing wave activity to diminish. Otherwise Gale Warnings continue much of today. Outlook /Saturday Night through Tuesday/... Saturday night and Sunday...High confidence. Winds and seas continue to diminish. Monday...Moderate confidence. Seas below 5 feet will slowly increase once again from the south as low pressure approaches the waters. Winds increase as well and small craft advisories will be necessary. There is a moderate probability of N-NW gales. Tuesday...Moderate confidence. NW winds and seas slowly diminish. Small craft advisories will likely continue through much of Tuesday. In addition, there is a moderate probability of N-NW gales during the morning. && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. MA...None. RI...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EST Saturday for ANZ231>234. Small Craft Advisory until 4 AM EST Saturday for ANZ230-236. Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EST Saturday for ANZ235-237. Gale Warning until 10 PM EST this evening for ANZ250-254. Gale Warning until 6 PM EST this evening for ANZ251-255-256. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Belk/RLG NEAR TERM...Belk/RLG/Sipprell SHORT TERM...Belk LONG TERM...RLG AVIATION...Belk/RLG/Sipprell MARINE...Belk/RLG is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.