Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCAR 252057 AFDCAR Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Caribou ME 457 PM EDT Tue Oct 25 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure over the Maritimes will slowly dissipate and move to the southeast through Wednesday. High pressure will cross the region Thursday. Low pressure will approach Thursday night then cross the Gulf of Maine Friday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Surface low pressure over the Maritimes combined with an upper level trough of low pressure across our area will continue to circulate moisture south across the region tonight into Wednesday. This will continue produce snow showers over the north with a mix of snow and rain showers Downeast tonight. The surface low dropping southeast through the Maritimes later tonight into Wednesday morning will pull a surface shortwave trough south through the Downeast region enhancing rain and snow shower activity Wednesday morning. Scattered snow showers will continue across central and northern areas Wednesday. Skies will remain cloudy across the region as deep moisture remains over the area. && .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/... High pressure will cross the region Wednesday night through early Thursday, then begin to move east later Thursday while low pressure moves east across the eastern Great Lakes. Expect decreasing clouds Wednesday night, with generally partly sunny skies Thursday. However, cloud cover will begin to increase later Thursday across western portions of the forecast area in advance of the approaching low. A secondary low will begin to develop along the New England coast Thursday night, with precipitation expanding northeast across the forecast area. Based on temperatures and critical thicknesses, expect precipitation to be a rain/snow mix Downeast, with snow across northern areas. Light snow accumulations are possible across northern portions of the forecast area Thursday night with accumulations generally an inch or less, though slightly greater accumulations are possible across the higher elevations of northern Somerset and northern/central Piscataquis counties. Any snow accumulations Downeast Thursday night are expected to be a half inch or less. The surface low will track across the Gulf of Maine Friday along with a closed upper low. Uncertainty still exists Friday regarding precipitation totals and types. Generally expect the heavier precipitation across Downeast areas Friday, with lesser precipitation totals to the north. The least precipitation should occur across the Saint John Valley where high pressure ridged to the north will limit totals. Expect precipitation in the form of rain Downeast Friday. Across central portions of the forecast area expect a snow/rain mix during the morning to transition to mostly rain during the afternoon. Although temperatures aloft remain cold enough to support snow across northern areas, boundary layer temperatures are more marginal. Precipitation type uncertainty is greatest north of a line from Dover-Foxcroft to Topsfield. Across northwest areas...the Saint John Valley and higher terrain expect precipitation to remain mostly in the form of snow. Across the remainder of northern Maine expect snow in the morning to transition to a snow/rain mix during the afternoon. However, a slight change in temperature and elevation could determine whether precipitation remains snow or transitions to a rain/snow mix. Additional snow accumulations are possible across northern areas Friday with the better chances of accumulation across northwest and extreme northern areas along with the higher terrain. Potential additional snow accumulations at lower elevations will be dependent on precipitation type and intensity. Temperatures will be at below normal levels Thursday/Friday. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... An unsettled weather pattern will persist through the extended period of the forecast. A mature low will be moving through the Gulf of Maine at the start of the period. By Saturday morning the low will move to central Nova Scotia, a high pressure ridge will briefly build in Saturday morning, and move east of the area by Saturday afternoon. A low moving across the northern Great Lakes region. Its associated frontal system will extend into western Maine. The front will extend across the state by Saturday evening. The associated cold front will move through early Monday morning and higher pressure will again ridge across the area. The ridge will remain across the state through Tuesday morning. A warm front will move into western Maine Tuesday morning, the associated cold front Tuesday evening. Higher pressure will dominate the weather through the end of the period. Loaded a blend to smooth out the minor differences in the models. Loaded NAWAVE4 for seas in the coastal waters. Loaded windgust by factor tool. && .AVIATION /20Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... NEAR TERM: IFR conditions will likely persist across the north tonight through Wednesday. VFR conditions Downeast tonight should drop to MVFR on Wednesday in lower clouds and showers. SHORT TERM: Occasional MVFR conditions are possible early Wednesday night. Otherwise, generally expect VFR conditions Wednesday night into Thursday. Conditions will lower to MVFR/IFR levels Thursday night. MVFR to LIFR conditions are expected Friday through Friday night. Occasional MVFR conditions are possible Saturday. MVFR/IFR conditions are possible Sunday. && .MARINE... NEAR TERM: An SCA will continue for the offshore waters through Wednesday for wind gusts up to 30 kt. Winds should be below SCA over the intracoastal waters. SHORT TERM: Small craft advisory conditions are expected Wednesday night. Conditions are expected to be below small craft advisory levels Thursday. Conditions could then approach Gale levels later Thursday night, with Gale conditions possible Friday. Visibilities will be reduced in rain Thursday night into Friday. && .CAR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 2 AM EDT Thursday for ANZ050-051. && $$ Near Term...Bloomer Short Term...Norcross Long Term...Norton Aviation...Bloomer/Norcross Marine...Bloomer/Norcross is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.