Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCTP 231839 AFDCTP Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service State College PA 239 PM EDT Sun Jul 23 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A frontal boundary will remain in the vicinity of Pennsylvania through Monday...touching off scattered to numerous showers and strong thunderstorms...some with heavy downpours through late tonight and early Monday morning. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected on Monday before high pressure builds into the region by the middle of next week. A cold front will likely push southeast in the state toward the end of next week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... Ridging aloft with deepest layer moisture pooled to the south of quasi-stationary front draped across central PA this afternoon. Still sufficient moisture for isold to sct coverage of showers and now isold tstorms tracking into the Laurel Highlands. Boundary layer winds still extremely weak, so the main threat from any of these slow movers is a locally heavy downpour through late afternoon. NCAR ensemble CAPEs still pointing toward near 2000 J/kg values and although speed shear is a bit lacking for a hail threat late this afternoon and early evening. By early to mid evening, however, increasing large scale forcing ahead of approaching upper trough should will support increasing coverage of showers/ thunderstorms with more organized and possibly training clusters of storms expected. CAMs have been latching onto this idea since the overnight, and painting 2-4" amounts over portions of the middle to lower Susq River Valley. Some of these areas have 3 hr FFG values as low as 1.5". Coordinated a FF Watch for my east central and southeast Counties with BGM and PHI...focusing on the evening to overnight timeframe for greatest heavy rainfall threat (running from 21z through 09z Mon). Lesser threat of severe given absence of boundary layer winds, but some storms could produce strong downbursts as well from impressive water loading. Locally heavy rain and FF threat lasts into the pre dawn hours, especially middle to lower Susq. which CAMs suggest will see multiple rounds/clusters with potentially heavy rainfall. && .SHORT TERM /MONDAY/... Upper trough will pivot through on Monday, bringing a good chance of additional showers/storms to northeast Pa, while large scale subsidence in its wake is likely to suppress convection across the southwest part of the state. With the exception of northeast Pa, Monday should feature more sunshine than today, as much lower PW air finally flows into the region. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... Med range guidance continues to support a forecast of fair and cooler weather for mid week, as high pressure builds southeast across Pa. Based on GEFS 850 temps and low PWATs, daytime highs and overnight lows to average a bit below climo Tue/Wed. Moderating temps and increasing humidity expected late in the week ahead of an approaching cold front. Some model timing differences with the cold front, so will mention chance of showers/tstorms both Thu and Fri. Odds currently favor fair/cooler weather by next weekend, but NAEFS and ECENS both stall cold front just off the east coast. Therefore, will maintain a slight chance of showers through the weekend. && .AVIATION /19Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... Quasi-stationary frontal boundary draped across central PA will continue to be the focus for scattered showers through the this afternoon. Diurnal heating/destabilization, combined with large scale forcing ahead of approaching upper trough, should support fairly widespread tstorm development this afternoon and evening - especially over eastern half - with local restrictions. Tonight, restrictions return in wake of trough axis, with IFR conditions likely in the north and east, and MVFR in the central mountains. .OUTLOOK... Tonight...Cig restrictions likely. Scattered TSRA/SHRA. Mon...AM restrictions likely. Scattered TSRA. Tue-Wed...AM restrictions north/west. Otherwise no sig wx. Thu-Fri...Chance of afternoon TSRA/SHRA. && .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... Flash Flood Watch through late tonight for PAZ028-041-042-046- 049>053-056>059-063-065-066. && $$ SYNOPSIS...DeVoir NEAR TERM...DeVoir SHORT TERM...DeVoir LONG TERM...Fitzgerald AVIATION...DeVoir/RXR is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.