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592 FXUS61 KCTP 222351 AFDCTP Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service State College PA 751 PM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A strong cold front will move through the region overnight. Much cooler and drier conditions will return for the second half of the week into the weekend. Temperatures will average a few degrees below normal highs starting tomorrow and lasting into early next week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 8 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING/... The convection is moving into what`s left of the best instability over my SERN zones. RAP indicates helicity is very impressive and we have seen individual cells display rotation as they race ENE. The best chance for a severe storm remains over these eastern areas with the best shear and instability. The actual cold front is still just entering central Ohio so there will be a chance of a shower or thunderstorm until the boundary ultimately passes later this evening. POPs will taper off rapidly after midnight as drier air moves in behind the front. Behind the line POPS drop fast and drier air comes. Some areas of fog possible. But a cooler and drier AM Wednesday. && .SHORT TERM /8 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM WEDNESDAY/... Wednesday will be noticeably drier as the PW values crash to -1 sigma below normal after being well +1 to +2 sigma above normal. It will also be significantly cooler. The 850 hPa temperatures fall to near normal Wednesday and will fall below normal overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Chance of rain should be very low Wednesday. The cool air aloft will likely produce some cumulus in the mountains during the afternoon hours. It should be a nice and notably cooler day. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... An extended period of early autumn-like weather will begin Wednesday and continue right through the upcoming weekend as a -2 sigma upper trough (and similarly anomalous/cool 850 mb temps) move over the Great Lakes and NE U.S. 1026-1028 mb SFC High (+2-3 Sigma) over south-central Canada will drift slowly to the Great Lakes by this weekend Daytime high temps will be about 5-7 Deg F below normal across the Western Mtns on Wednesday, though still just slightly below normal across the SE zones prior to the arrival of the deeper/colder air for the latter part of the week. GEFS mean 850 mb temps will dip about 2-3 deg C in all locations for Thursday-Sunday, leading to max temps averaging 5-10 F below normal (with min temp departures about 10-13F below normal Friday-Sunday) as a large Canadian High Pressure area pushes SE across the Glakes Region and becomes centered over the NE states. Lows Fri/Sat/Sun mornings with high centered overhead will be dipping into the l-m 40s over the Northern Mountains (and deeper valleys of the Central Mountains) and solidly into the 50s elsewhere. Some of the perennial cold spots near and to the east of KBFD could see readings of 38 or 39F. && .AVIATION /00Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... Most of the eastern areas mostly sunny with some cumulus clouds about making for a bumpy ride in the boundary layer. Over western PA and OH there is a line of strong and severe storms. Strong winds and large hail are possible. Check radar before flying over western PA this afternoon and central areas this evening. The line of storms will move east this afternoon and evening. Areas of patchy fog will develop around/after midnight. Spotty MVFR and IFR. Conditions will improve rapidly Wednesday morning, as cool Canadian high pressure builds into the area. .OUTLOOK... Wed...AM low cigs BFD/JST, otherwise VFR. Thu-Sat...No sig wx expected. && .EQUIPMENT... KCCX is fixed with new motor installed. && .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Dangelo/La Corte NEAR TERM...Grumm/La Corte SHORT TERM...Grumm LONG TERM...La Corte/Lambert AVIATION...Grumm/Lambert EQUIPMENT... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.