Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KBTV 280458 AFDBTV Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Burlington VT 1158 PM EST Mon Feb 27 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Westerly flow over our area is south of a weak frontal system in Quebec. It will bring partly skies south to mostly cloudy skies in the north along with breezy and mild conditions this afternoon. Weak high pressure tonight will yield fair weather and seasonably mild temperatures tonight. Periods of rain with well above normal temps return late Tuesday into Wednesday as a slow moving front moves across the region. This could produce more rises on our above normal stream levels. Much cooler air arrives by the end of the week...along with chances for mainly mountain snow showers. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM TUESDAY EVENING/... As of 1129 PM EST Monday...Update to increase hourly temps...especially near RUT as clouds and winds have continued to hold them into the mid 40s thru 11 PM. Otherwise...a 1 to 3 degree adjustment up across most of the cwa was needed for hourly tweaks. Also...continued to mention schc/chc pops associated with weak weak band of flurries/sprinkles into the southern SLV and western dacks...based on latest radar trends. Precip is very light and mainly not reaching the ground based on observations at ART/GTB. Rest of forecast remains on track. Previous discussion below: A weak ridge of high pressure moves across the region overnight and as the winds turn calm expect a very shallow inversion to develop as radiational cooling will drop our overnight lows into the 20s. How cold it gets will depend on the how clear the skies get but looking more clearing north than south. On Tuesday...Warm advection gets underway with increasing clouds and a chance of light rain showers mainly mid afternoon onward from SW to NE. 925 mb temps rise to 1 to 3 deg C by 18Z which should give us high temps in the mid 40s to lower 50s. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/... As of 357 PM EST Monday...On Tuesday night a warm front will lift Northwards across our CWA as a low pressure system lifts Northeastward across the Great Lakes area. We will have scattered rain showers at this time with overnight minimum temperatures achieved early in the night, very mild, then increasing with warm air advection through the overnight hours. Brisk southerly flow is expected. Looks like there will be a chance for some elevated convection, mainly from 06-12z Wednesday morning and have chance of TS mentioned in the forecast during that time. Wednesday will be very warm, likely setting more max temperature records for the day to start out the month of March. Temperatures will reach the upper 50s to lower 60s. Low pressure system tracks from the Great Lakes region eastward on Wednesday, and we should remain in the warm sector all day. Have mentioned stratiform rain categorical on Wednesday. Feel that best chance for thunder will be south of our forecast area. Winds will continue to be strong and gusty out of the South. Wednesday night the cold front will finally cross the area. Any rain showers remaining will change over to snow showers with sharp cold front dropping temperatures into the teens and 20s overnight. Wednesday night the winds will veer around to Northwesterly behind the front and will see some enhancement in the Northwest facing slopes with a bit favorable orographic flow. At this time looks like our QPF totals will range from around a half an inch to an inch. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 357 PM EST Monday...Expect a near normal day on Thursday with snow showers ending as system pulls further east and away from the region. Upper level flow flattens out and a ridge of surface high pressure builds over the area. Below normal temperatures are expected for Friday through Saturday night. Temperatures return to above normal then for the end of the forecast period as high pressure sets up off the Carolina coast for Sunday and Monday. GFS and ECMWF both show a system to impact the region from the Monday night through Wednesday timeframe, though huge discrepancies are evident at this time. && .AVIATION /06Z Tuesday THROUGH Saturday/... Through 06Z Wednesday...Mainly VFR conditions expected the through the period as a weak ridge of high pressure will be over the region. A warm front will approach the region Tuesday afternoon with a chance of light rain showers developing over northern New York between 18Z-21z Tuesday, and then across the Champlain valley and Vermont between 21z-23Z Tuesday. Expecting some areas of MVFR conditions in light rain showers, mainly after 00Z Wednesday. Outlook 06Z Wednesday through Saturday... 06Z Wednesday - 06Z Thursday...Scattered/numerous rain showers with variable cigs from VFR to IFR before low pressure and cold front crosses the region Wed evening. 06Z Thursday 12Z Saturday...Becoming Mainly VFR but ocnl snow showers/flurries and MVFR/IFR conditions. 12z Saturday onward...Mainly VFR under high pressure. && .HYDROLOGY... As of 400 PM EST Monday...We continue to watch Tuesday night through Wednesday night time period closely for the potential for additional river rises associated with several rounds of showers and warm temperatures. Additional snow melt and the potential for river rises...especially given the already high levels. The good news is that most river ice is gone and our areal coverage of deep snow pack is much less than previous event...resulting in less runoff potential. We will continue to monitor for potential impacts. && .CLIMATE... We could see some records broken on Wednesday based on our forecast high temperatures. Current records for March 1st are as follows: Burlington - 59 set in 1954 Montpelier - 53 set in 1991 St. Johnsbury - 58 set in 1954 Massena - 49 set in 1954 && .BTV WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VT...None. NY...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Sisson NEAR TERM...Taber/Sisson SHORT TERM...Neiles LONG TERM...Neiles AVIATION...WGH HYDROLOGY...Taber/Neiles CLIMATE...Evenson is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.