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147 FXUS61 KBTV 190441 AFDBTV Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Burlington VT 1141 PM EST Wed Jan 18 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Plenty of clouds will persist over the area tonight through Friday. Some light precipitation is also possible tonight into the first part of Thursday, mainly some light rain or light snow...but there may also be some light freezing drizzle across part of northern New York and northern Vermont. The clouds will also keep above normal temperatures over the region through Friday as well. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THURSDAY EVENING/... As of 1007 PM EST Wednesday...Plenty of low-level moisture in place across the North Country late this evening. Overcast skies will continue to prevail (stratus layer), with intermittent very light drizzle/freezing drizzle and areas of mist/fog. The relatively mild temperatures and dewpoints by mid-January standards (low- mid 30s) over the fresh snowpack should also enhance the potential for fog overnight. Temperatures will fall very little from current readings, with lows generally in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Expecting a low right around 32-33F at BTV early Thursday morning. Wind speeds have been gradually lessening this evening as high pressure builds ewd across wrn/central NY state. S-SW winds generally diminish to 5 mph or less after midnight, and gradually become W-NW during the day Thursday. There is a mid-upper level shortwave trough, evident on IR imagery tracking sewd from swrn Quebec and sern Ontario. This feature will provide some additional mid-level moisture, and potential seeder-feeder processes w/ lower stratus deck may yield some light snow shower activity, in addition to the patchy drizzle/freezing drizzle. Any snow accumulations would be less than an inch. Ice amounts associated with any freezing drizzle generally not expected to be measurable (<0.01"), and thus not expecting any significant travel impacts for the overnight hours. On Thursday, looking at plenty of cloud cover all day and with upper ridge building in, low-level inversion strengthens to keep moisture/clouds and some fog in over the area. As will be the case tonight...warmer air over fresh snowpack will also help enhance the potential for low clouds and fog over the area. Will keep the idea of areas of fog going for Thursday with highs in the 30s to around 40. In addition...areas over northern Vermont may have a little light snow early...but ice goes away in the clouds and some light freezing drizzle may occur in this area as well. Drier air finally moves in during the afternoon hours on Thursday. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... As of 255 PM EST Wednesday...Large scale synoptic pattern shows mid/upper level ridge directly overhead with building 1020mb surface high pres. This results in a steepening subsidence inversion with very light winds through the vertical profile and plenty of low level moisture trapped below thermal inversion. Forecast challenge will be determining if depth of moisture is enough to produce areas of patchy drizzle/freezing drizzle...especially Thursday Night...followed by any potential clearing on Friday Afternoon. Based on sounding profiles and available moisture thinking any drizzle/freezing drizzle would occur above 1500 feet mainly Thursday Night and again on Friday Night. Overall areal coverage will be limited along with temperatures will be holding in the upper 20s to mid 30s for lows during this time period. Daytime temperatures on Friday will be tricky with sharp inversion...supporting higher temps in the mid/upper slopes and cooler values in the deeper valleys like the CT River Valley...Champlain and Saint Lawrence Valleys. Highs mainly in the mid 30s deeper valleys to lower 40s, very difficult to place this detail into the grids. Based on moisture depth of 2000 to 3000 feet...would not be surprised if summits breakout on Friday Afternoon. Have continued with previous forecasters idea of trying to show summits in the clear on Friday Afternoon. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 255 PM EST Wednesday...Pattern becomes more active by early next week with large scale system expected to impact our forecast area. Still plenty of uncertainty on impacts...timing...and thermal profiles. On Saturday...weak 5h vort and thin ribbon of dissipating mid/upper level moisture tries to break down mid/upper level ridge across the NE CONUS. Expecting very little fan fair associated with this energy/ ridge holds in place. Increasing moisture profiles may produce some very light rain or snow on Saturday with temps mainly in the mid 30s to lower 40s. Potent energy moving into CA on Fri/Sat will quickly eject into the southern Plains by Sunday with a developing and closing off deep full latitude trof taking shape across the eastern CONUS. This system will have plenty of moisture from the pacific sub-tropical jet and moisture advection from the Gulf of Mexico as pws climb between 0.75 and 1.50 inches. A deep south flow aloft and strong 925mb to 850mb flow from the southeast will help to advect this moisture into our region on Monday into Tuesday as surface low pres is located over the mid Atlantic States. Have noted the nose of a 50 to 60 knot southeast 850mb jet angling into our region...resulting in lots of downslope shadowing in the precip fields across the western slopes/northeast Kingdom associated with this system. The potential for gusty southeast downslope winds will need to be watched...along with how much warm air can be advected into our region. Given placement of 1030mb high pres over eastern Canada...some low level cold air will linger to support a snow/sleet/freezing rain threat initially...but this area of high pres is not very threat is minimal at this time. Next threat with warmer temps and rain...will be to watch area waterway for potential rises and ice jams...all elements to monitor as we move closer to this system. My initial thoughts are lots of items to watch...with some potential impacts...stay tuned. Thermal profiles continue to support much above normal temps through the period...especially overnight lows. Over the weekend progged 925mb to 850mb thermal profiles hover around 0c...with limited mixing supporting highs mainly in the mid 30s to l/m 40s. Lows with clouds will hold mainly in the upper 20s to mid 30s...but if more clearing develops than anticipated much cooler values can be expected...especially in snow pack mountain valleys on Sunday Night. early next week...highs continue to be in the 30s to near 40f with lows mainly in the mid 30s. && .AVIATION /06Z Thursday THROUGH Monday/...
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Through 06Z Friday...OVC skies will generally prevail through the period with HIR TRRN OBSCD due to stratus layer. Ceiling heights will be variable between the TAF sites, generally IFR this morning at MSS/SLK, but alternating between MVFR-VFR (generally 2-4kft AGL ceilings) at the remaining TAF locations. There is a weak upper level disturbance passing thru the area during the pre-dawn hours. This feature will bring a chance of snow showers with briefly lowered vsby. Also, the stratus deck alone may result in some patchy drizzle and localized freezing drizzle possible for SLK/MPV thru the pre-dawn hours. Surface winds generally S to SW 5-9kt, trending W-NW for the daylight hours on Thursday. Should see ceilings improve back to at least the MVFR category at MSS/SLK during the daylight hours on Thursday. High pressure builds into the area Thursday, but strengthening inversion around 3kft AGL will tend to trap low- level moisture and hold MVFR stratus in place across most of the region. 06z Friday - 00Z Sunday - High pressure in place with light winds, but inversion layer will trap stratus layer and could continue to see prolonged stretches of MVFR ceilings, and perhaps IFR at times for SLK/MPV. In addition to low clouds, patchy BR/FG also possible. 00Z Sunday through 00Z Tuesday - Generally VFR Sunday. Moisture laden low pressure approaching from the south brings potential for widespread precipitation (mostly rain) for Monday with MVFR and intervals of IFR conditions. SE gusts in excess of 25kts possible at KRUT late Monday.
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&& .BTV WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VT...None. NY...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Evenson NEAR TERM...Banacos SHORT TERM...Taber LONG TERM...Taber AVIATION...Banacos is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.