Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCTP 280713 AFDCTP AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA 213 AM EST SUN DEC 28 2014 .SYNOPSIS... A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL BRING RAIN SHOWERS TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. THE SHOWERS WILL BECOME MIXED WITH A LITTLE SNOW ACROSS THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS BY SUNDAY MORNING. COLDER AND DRIER AIR WILL CONTINUE TO FILTER INTO THE AREA NEXT WEEK WITH TEMPERATURES RETURNING BACK TO SEASONAL NORMALS...WHICH WILL FEEL QUITE COLD CONSIDERING HOW WARM IT HAS BEEN RECENTLY. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/... SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS HAVE MOVED FROM OH INTO NE PA AHEAD OF A WEAK COLD FRONT. SCATTERED SHOWERS WILL MOVIE INTO THE NW MOUNTAINS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS AND SLOWLY SLIDE EAST AS THE FRONT GRADUALLY WORKS ITS WAY INTO THE CENTER OF THE STATE BY SUNRISE. THE MAIN LOW PRESSURE AREA WILL PASS WELL TO THE NORTH OF THE AREA TONIGHT AND THE GOOD FORCING WILL ALSO BE WELL TO THE NORTH. WITH TEMPS INTO THE 50S SATURDAY...850 TEMPS DO NOT COOL TO 0 UNTIL AFT 09Z IN THE NW BEHIND THE FRONT. RAIN SHOWERS WILL BEGIN TO MIX WITH AND CHANGE TO SNOW. QPF WILL AMOUNTS REMAIN LIGHT. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH 6 PM MONDAY/... RAIN/SHOWERS ONGOING AT THE START OF THE PERIOD WILL FINISH SPREADING SE TO COVER THE REST OF THE AREA IN THE MORNING. FORECAST VERY CONSISTENT AND PERSISTENT...WITH THE CHANGE OVER TO SNOW ACROSS THE NW OCCURRING IN THE MORNING. DAYLIGHT AND THE TAPERING OF THE PRECIP BEHIND THE FRONT DURING THE MORNING WILL MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN AN INCH TO LAY DOWN WHERE IT DOES SNOW. THE SERN HALF OF THE AREA WILL NOT SEE ANY FLAKES AT ALL. FINAL QPF IS WELL UNDER A HALF OF AN INCH. THE FRONT DRAGS IT/S FEET WITH NO REAL UPPER TROUGHING TO OUR WEST...IT WILL BE MORE ZONAL FLOW AT THE BOTTOM AT THE BASE OF A BROAD TROUGH. BUT THE FRONT SHOULD CLEAR THE SERN COS BY SUNSET. WILL GO FOR HIGH POPS AT FIRST...AND SHRINK THEM FROM NW-S FROM LATE MORNING TO THE EVENING. ALL MODEL GUIDANCE HOLDS JUST A BIT OF LIGHT RAIN ALONG/SOUTH OF THE TURNPIKE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD. ALSO...BY THEN...ANY PRECIP WILL LIKELY BE A MIX OR JUST SNOW IN THE LAURELS. BUT THE LOW QPF MEANS LITTLE OR NO ACCUMS. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... A SOUTHERN STREAM WAVE WILL DEVELOP AND MOVE NORTH ALONG THE FRONT AS IT PUSHES SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA ON MONDAY. THERE ARE STILL SOME MODEL DIFFERENCES IN REGARDS TO TIMING AND PLACEMENT OF THE FRONT AS THE WAVE MOVES UP...BUT AT THIS POINT MOST GUIDANCE PLACES THE FRONT FAR ENOUGH TO OUR SOUTH THAT THE WAVE WILL BRING ONLY A BRIEF PERIOD OF MIXED PRECIP TO OUR SOUTHERNMOST ZONES IF ANYTHING. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTY BY MIDWEEK AND SLOWLY DRIFT OFF THE EAST COAST BY THE END OF THE WORKWEEK...BRINGING AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF FAIR WEATHER TO THE FORECAST AREA. HOWEVER...WAVES OF COLDER AIR DIVING DOWN FROM THE NORTH WILL HELP TEMPERATURES WILL RETURN TO NORMAL FOR THE LAST WEEK OF DECEMBER. COOLER AIR AND BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL RESULT IN SINGLE DIGIT WIND CHILLS OVER NORTHERN AND WESTERN PARTS OF THE CWA AS WE RING IN THE NEW YEAR. GUIDANCE IS SHOWING THE POTENTIAL FOR A MORE ORGANIZED WEATHER SYSTEM DEVELOPING NEXT WEEKEND...HOWEVER THERE IS STILL MUCH UNCERTAINTY GIVEN THAT THIS SYSTEM IS STILL A WEEK OUT. && .AVIATION /07Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE STATE OVERNIGHT. SFC MOISTURE CONTINUES TO INCREASE AS LIGHT PRECIP MOVES THROUGH THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE. VFR SHOULD CONTINUE THROUGH THE SOUTHERN TAF SITES OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. RAIN SHOWERS ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE FRONT HAVE BROUGHT A LOWERING OF VISBYS AND CIGS TO BFD CURRENTLY...AND IFR CIGS/VIS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS OVERNIGHT TO PERHAPS AOO/UNV/IPT AND JST. BFD WILL LIKELY BEGIN TO SEE SNOW MIX IN OR A CHANGE TO ALL SNOW AND THEREFORE THE ATTENDANT LOWER VISBYS AROUND SUNRISE/12Z. JST MAY LOWER TO LIFR AS WELL...MAINLY DUE TO THE PERSISTENT UPSLOPE...BUT ALSO IF THE PRECIP TURNS TO SNOW THERE IN THE MORNING. COLD FRONT SHOULD BE THRU HALF OF THE REGION BY 12Z...BUT IT WILL TAKE THE REST OF THE DAYLIGHT FOR IT TO CLEAR THE SE. LOWER CLOUDS WILL HANG ON THROUGH THE AFTN...BUT VFR MAY RETURN BY 00Z/29TH - IN THE NORTH FIRST THEN CLEARING SPREADS TO THE SOUTH AS THE FRONT PRESSES SLOWLY SOUTH THRU THE MID-ATLANTIC - EVENTUALLY STALLING OUT THERE. OUTLOOK... MON-THU...MAINLY VFR.
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&& .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...WATSON NEAR TERM...WATSON SHORT TERM...WATSON LONG TERM...ROSS/HAGNER AVIATION...CERU/GARTNER

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