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549 FXUS61 KBTV 222024 AFDBTV Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Burlington VT 324 PM EST Wed Nov 22 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front will clear the North Country late this afternoon and this evening, bringing an end to the mix of rain and snow showers. Northwest winds will usher in colder air with partial clearing overnight. Thanksgiving will feature fair weather with partly to mostly cloudy conditions and chilly temperatures, as surface high pressure builds across New York and New England. Afternoon highs on Thanksgiving day will generally reach the low to mid 30s. Fair weather will continue on Friday with moderating temperatures. The next chance for widespread showers, mainly in the form of rain, will be Saturday with another cold front crossing the area. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... As of 322 PM EST Wednesday...Trending toward quieter weather conditions late this aftn/evening. The 850-700mb frontogenetic forcing is beginning to weaken and shift ewd across central/ern VT with precipitation ending as expected at 1830Z across the Champlain Valley. Developing NW flow in the wake of the sfc front will result in some continued orographic snow shower activity across the nrn Adirondacks and Green Mtns through the first half of tonight. Maintained mention of -SHSN across the nrn mtns through 06Z or so tonight. Otherwise, visible satellite imagery showing some upstream clearing across the Ottawa Valley of Ontario. Should see a few breaks this evening and overnight away from upslope mtn areas. Moderately strong sfc-850mb CAA expected, and associated steep lapse rates will promote some sfc wind gusts 15-25 mph mainly 22-06Z. Thereafter, ridge axis building ewd across nrn NY will result in gradually diminishing wind speeds. Will result in relatively cold overnight lows, mainly in the teens to low 20s, except mid 20s in the vicinity of Lake Champlain with the moderating influence of the relatively warm lake waters (still 48F at the King Street ferry dock). Chilly and quiet weather conditions for traveling on Thanksgiving Day. High RH 700-500mb layer should maintain some SCT-BKN mid- level clouds, but should see light winds and highs in the low-mid 30s. Winds will turn light south by afternoon. As ridge axis moves to the east and shortwave trough grazes the intl border, it appears that developing low-level SW 850mb flow may allow a few flurries or snow showers to develop off of Lake Ontario into srn St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. This would mainly be 23Z Thu thru 06Z Fri. Could see a dusting to 0.5" in spots, especially NY Route 3 corridor around Star Lake/Wanakena. Low temperatures on Thursday night expected mid-upr 20s, perhaps near 30F in srn St. Lawrence County with greater wind/cloud cover. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... As of 322 PM EST Wednesday...Pretty much quiet zonal flow across the region with surface high across Mid-Atlantic states nosing a bit into the region. We`ll likely see filtered sunshine with moderating temperatures in the L40s and dry for Black Friday shoppers. Energy of next northern stream shortwave to our north as it approaches for Saturday with associated cold front. The timing looks like any pcpn will hold off til early morning hours of Saturday. It will be cold enough Friday night for some -shsn mixed with -shra when pcpn arrives early Sat morning with lows in the 20s/30s. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 322 PM EST Wednesday...Aforementioned cold front swings through Saturday with little fanfare as largely moisture starved and on the heels of this leading shortwave is another short wave Sat ngt-Sun to deepen the trough across the northeast and bring more instability snow showers on Sunday. There may be some isold/sct traveling issues come Sunday with the mountain snow showers but nothing widespread or significant. By Monday...trough exits with ridging developing in response to developing deep trof in the Rockies that will eventually lift across the Great Lakes and eventually our area by late next week. High pressure positioned to our south and SW flow at all levels means another warm up. It will still be chilly on Monday but then we`re under the influence of southwest flow thru mid week with temperatures in the 40s and possible 50s by mid week. By Wednesday, discrepancies in handling the Rockies system with GFS less developed and quickly ejecting toward the east, while ECMWF has a more developed system with slower movement toward our area with Canadian closer to GFS. WPC shows warm frontlifting Tue Ngt/early Wed with front likely moving through late Wed and will play it as such. && .AVIATION /21Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... Through 18z Thursday...Ongoing IFR-MVFR in low ceilings and mix rain/snow will gradually improve, especially after 21Z, as cold front and associated banded precipitation shifts east of VT. Will see some continued flurries into this evening across the nrn Adirondacks and central/nrn Greens with HIR TRRN OBSCD. Otherwise, precipitation will end with gradual lifting of ceilings back to VFR, and partial clearing working in from the Ottawa and St. Lawrence River Valleys. Winds will likewise be shifting into the NW, with gusts 16-18kts possible through 09Z Thursday. Thereafter, high pressure builds into NY and New England with generally fair SCT-BKN VFR conditions for the balance of Thanksgiving Day. Outlook... Thursday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Slight chance SHSN, mainly at SLK with ern end of lake effect snow band. Friday: VFR. NO SIG WX. Friday Night: VFR. Slight chance SHRA, Slight chance SHSN. Saturday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Chance SHRA, Chance SHSN. Saturday Night: Mainly MVFR, with local IFR possible. Chance SHSN, Chance SHRA. Sunday: Mainly MVFR, with areas VFR possible. Chance SHSN. Sunday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Chance SHSN. Monday: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Slight chance SHSN. && .BTV WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VT...None. NY...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Banacos NEAR TERM...Banacos SHORT TERM...SLW LONG TERM...SLW AVIATION...Banacos is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.