Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCTP 291953 AFDCTP Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service State College PA 353 PM EDT Thu Sep 29 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Showery conditions will prevail through tonight...with additional moderate to locally heavy rainfall possible over the higher elevations of the southern tier of central Pennsylvania through early Friday. Only minor flooding impacts are likely across the southern portions of central PA. Unsettled weather with occasional lighter rain showers will persist into the weekend with a gradual drying trend by early next week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM FRIDAY MORNING/...
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2.5 to 3.5 inch amounts feel across southern tier overnight through midday...with higher amounts likely on the east facing slopes occurred across the southern tier. Flooding threat remains...albeit low...with upslope areas susceptible to any persistent upslope or training convective showers over the next 18 hours which could add another 1 to as much as 2 inches in some spots. Dry slot over western PA with high cloud covering eastern brought transition to low topped open cellular activity propagating from southeast to northwest today. Thus a more showery regime took over with times of little or no rainfall and other times with brief moderate to heavy rates accumulating a few tenths of an inch at time. Moderate PW transport along with some elevated instability will maintain a favorable environment for mdt-heavy rain/efficient rainfall processes through this evening, while increasingly diffluent flow aloft supports some training bands in addition to the trend to low topped open cellular character. In fact...training bands have organized over nrn VA/MD at mid afternoon and are moving into the Laurels and South Central Mountains...as anticipated earlier. Still expecting storm totals of 2-4" over the remaining flood watch area with locally 5"+ possible along the east-facing slopes and highest terrain. Very dry antecedent conditions resulting in 3-6hr FFG values of 4+ inches along with below normal stream flows should help to mitigate flooding to some extent, however if the higher end amounts are realized flooding impacts/runoff issues could become more serious.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM FRIDAY/...
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The Large low will be quasi stationary and will continue to stream moisture into Southwestern PA through tomorrow. Strong E-SE LLJ and above normal PW along with associated forcing on east/southeast side of upper low favors scattered to numerous lighter rain showers through the period. The mid range models are keying in on a mid level short wave trough that forms to the east of the low and should increase rainfall rates and amounts through Central PA as it is coupled with the LLJ and the PWATS.
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&& .LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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The upper level low will continue to spin slowly northward into MI and continue on into Southern Canada. The low will slowly be pulled into the upper level flow and cold air advection will filter into the region early into next week. The final vestiges of the low that has dominated our weather pattern this week will finally lift and move off coast by mid next week by the upstream amplifying trough over the central CONUS. High pressure should regain control of the large scale pattern. The 12Z GFS comes more into alignment with the EC however the EC continues the path of the TC Matthew much slower and keeps it off the coast of Florida, where the GFS brings the projected path up the Atlantic coast and has the system nearing the NC coast by Thursday morning. Temperatures will be slightly below normal through the weekend, before shifting to slightly above normal by the middle of next week.
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&& .AVIATION /19Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... Low cigs and shra persist across PA through Friday. Expect predominantly IFR cigs through tonight at the higher terrain airfields, including KBFD, KUNV, KAOO and KJST. At the lower elevation airfields, while mvfr with sporadic ifr expected farther north. Outlook... Fri-Sat...Low cigs/showers likely, mainly w mtns. Sun...AM low cigs possible. Mon...Showers/cig reductions possible at KBFD. Tue...Fair. && .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... Flood Watch through Friday morning for PAZ025-026-033>036-064- 065. && $$ SYNOPSIS...DeVoir/Steinbugl NEAR TERM...DeVoir/Steinbugl SHORT TERM...DeVoir/Ceru/Steinbugl LONG TERM...Ceru/Steinbugl AVIATION...DeVoir/Fitzgerald

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