Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCAR 201803 AFDCAR Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Caribou ME 103 PM EST Mon Feb 20 2017 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure will build across the region later today through early Tuesday. An occluded front will cross the region Tuesday night through early Wednesday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... Update... High pressure will build east toward the region this afternoon. Partly/mostly sunny skies are expected this afternoon. Scattered flurries are also possible across eastern areas. North to northwest winds will gust up to 25 to 30 mph this afternoon. High temperatures this afternoon will range from the upper 20s to lower 30s north, to the upper 30s Bangor and Downeast. Have updated the forecast to adjust for current conditions along with afternoon temperatures and cloud cover. Have also issued a Small Craft Advisory for Winds for the intracoastal waters into this evening. Original Discussion... Winds will subside this eve, becoming lgt and variable ovr broad vly regions late tngt as the sfc hi becomes ovrhd by erly Tue morn. Given this and a very dry hydro-lapse rate from the sfc to 850mb and cont`d clr skies, conditions will be ideal for a strong sfc base invsn ovr broad vly areas...spcly across the N. So despite modest late 925mb temps in the upper single digits below zero by late tngt, sfc base invsn strengths of 15 to 20 deg ovr spcly Nrn vlys will result in lows of 10 below to 15 below across these valleys with coldest lctns across the NW St John vly reaching as low as 15 below to 20 below. && .SHORT TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... High pressure cresting over the region Tuesday morning will bring a sunny, tranquil start to the day on Tuesday. Sunshine will give way to some increasing high clouds Tuesday afternoon as temperatures rapidly recover to near normal after the dissipation of the morn invsn. Low pressure tracking through central Canada will pull a weak occluded front across the area Tuesday night. Some patchy light snow, or perhaps sleet in central areas, will move through late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Temperatures behind the front on Wednesday will then rise above freezing across the area reaching the upper 30s north to low 40s Downeast. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/... Later in the week, a small area of low pressure tracking to our north on Thursday will pull even warmer air across the region and bring a chance for some rain showers to the area. Highs may get close to 40 north and low to mid 40s Downeast. High pressure will then bring some clearing on Friday with the air still rather mild. Our focus going into the weekend will be on yet another low tracking to north. This may bring some snow or sleet across the north initially Friday night into Saturday morning as a warm front lifts across the area. Temperatures by Saturday afternoon should become warm enough for rain across the region as the low center lifts to our northwest. Colder air will follow on Sunday with a chance for snow showers as the low slides into eastern Quebec. && .AVIATION /18Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... NEAR TERM: VFR conditions are expected across the region this afternoon through tonight. North to northwest winds will gust up to 25 to 30 mph today. SHORT TERM: VFR conditions are expected in high pressure on Tuesday. Conditions will likely lower to MVFR later Tuesday night in lower clouds as an occluded front moves through. A return to VFR conditions is likely Wednesday with some MVFR conditions possibly lingering across the north. MVFR conditions are likely Wednesday night into Thursday with occasional IFR conditions possible over the north on Thursday. && .MARINE... NEAR TERM: Have issued a Small Craft Advisory for Winds for the intracoastal waters into this evening with this update. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for the rest of the waters through late tonight. Light freezing spray is expected on the waters later tonight. SHORT TERM: High pressure across the waters on Tuesday will bring tranquil conditions over the ocean. Winds and seas are expected to remain below SCA through Wednesday and Thursday. && .CAR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory for winds until 9 PM EST this evening for ANZ052. Small Craft Advisory until 4 AM EST Tuesday for ANZ050-051. && $$ Near Term...Norcross/VJN Short Term...Bloomer Long Term...Bloomer Aviation...Norcross/Bloomer Marine...Norcross/Bloomer is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.