Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KCAR 061110
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Caribou ME
610 AM EST Tue Dec 6 2016
High pressure will build toward the area from the west today and
will crest over Maine this evening. A weak occluded front will
cross the area Wednesday. A strong cold front will cross the
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
6:10 AM Update...Low clouds cover much of far northern Maine from
Presque Isle north to the Saint John Valley. The sky is mainly
clear early this morning across the Down East region. Only minor
adjustments to the hourly grids this morning based on the latest
observations and satellite trends.
A surface ridge over NY and PA early this morning will build into
Maine today and will only very slowly slide east tonight. An
occlusion will move into NY State late tonight. Today will feature
a lot of clouds across far northern Maine with clouds giving way
to a mostly sunny sky across the Down East Region. Highs will
range from the mid 20s in the Saint John Valley to the mid 30s in
the mid 30s in the Greater Bangor Region. High clouds will
increase tonight. In the north, the challenge will be whether the
low clouds hang in or break up. If they break up temperatures will
have the opportunity to drop off rapidly and could get below zero
in the deeper sheltered valleys. If the clouds hang in temps will
not get nearly as cold.
.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
Low pressure will move east of the mid atlantic coast early Wednesday
as an upper low moves north of the Great Lakes with an occluded
front crossing the region later Wednesday. Expect mainly cloudy
skies on Wednesday with a slight chance of snow showers. High will
be in the upper 20 to around 30 degrees north and lower
30s central and downeast. Expect mainly cloudy skies Wednesday
night with lows in the mid to upper 20s. An upper trof will cross
the region on Thursday with a chance of snow showers. Highs on
Thursday will range from around 30 north and low to mid 30s
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
Very cold air mass can be expected as we head into the late week
as an arctic boundary crosses the region Thursday night and
Friday. Expect mainly cloudy skies with a few snow showers
Thursday night and Friday. A mainly dry but bitter cold weekend
can be expected. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will only be in the
mid to upper teens north and lower 20s downeast. The next storm
system will approach by Monday with the chance for snow Sunday
night and Monday.
.AVIATION /11Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
NEAR TERM: VFR at the Down East terminals the next 24 hours.
Mostly MVFR at the northern terminals from KHUL to KFVE with local
IFR this morning.
SHORT TERM: MVFR conditions will be possible at times, especially
across the north Wednesday through Friday in sct snow
showers. Otherwise VFR expected.
NEAR TERM: A few gusts to 25 knots this morning on the coastal
waters as a weak low pulls away from the waters. The wind will
diminish by noon, with light wind tonight as high pressure crests
over the waters.
SHORT TERM: Winds/seas will remain below small craft advisory
levels through Thursday and then increase to small craft advisory
levels Thursday night and into Friday.