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000 FXUS61 KCTP 262001 AFDCTP Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service State College PA 401 PM EDT Wed Oct 26 2016 .SYNOPSIS... An approaching weather system will bring a cold rain later tonight into Thursday with a wet snow accumulation possible from the Northern Alleghenies into the Poconos. Chilly air will hold its ground through the end of the work week with some moderation in temperatures expected for Saturday before a cool down again on Sunday with overcast skies and a chance of showers. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING/... Visible and obs showing cloud deck over western PA moving rapidly eastward with rain not too far behind. HRRR runs consistently shows precipitation spreading into NW zones just before sunset. Precip initially starts as cold rain but wet bulb and boundary soundings show a quick transition to a mix or even period of snow for northern half of state this evening and overnight. Any snow accumulations expected to be light with surface temperatures a couple degrees above freezing and precipitation rates slow enough to prevent significant accumulations...but an inch or so of snow accumulation closest to nys border is likely. Precipitation will spread across rest of CWA overnight. South of I-80 temperatures will be warm enough to remain all rain but it will be close around I-80 where some mixing is possible for a time. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY/... Milder air will change any wintry precip to plain rain early on Thursday for the northern tier. Elsewhere look for a cold rain in the morning with precipitation decreasing west to east in the early afternoon. Temperatures will not rise much with most locations seeing highs in the 40s. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Downstream blocking should allow northern stream energy to phase with the lead trough and eventually result in a negatively tilted trough over the Northeast U.S. by Friday morning. Models show the formation of a triple point low deepening along the coast into the Canadian Maritimes by Saturday morning. A brisk northwest flow may afford some lake enhancement to shower activity Thursday night and temps are cold enough to mention rain/snow showers especially in the orographically favored areas downwind of Lake Erie. Overall the trend should be toward drier conditions into Friday. The wind gusts may end up being a little stronger than forecast on the backside of the intensifying low. High pressure briefly returns later Friday afternoon/evening before shifting southeast Friday night into Saturday morning as low pressure tracks across the Upper Great Lakes. Models and ensembles generally agree in bringing a weakening cold front through the area on Saturday and stalling it out near the PA/MD border. POPs are in the chance range mainly over the NW 1/2 with little in the way of moisture/QPF. The EC/GFS seem to be trending toward the idea of a wave of low pressure developing to the west along the wavy boundary and possibly bringing a better chance for appreciable rainfall /0.25-0.50 inch/ to southern PA on Sunday. Beyond Sunday, high pressure dominates the pattern favoring dry weather. A noticeable rebound in temperatures appears likely on Saturday with an ensemble blend yielding highs 10-15 degrees warmer than Friday. Temperatures may fall back on Sunday before moderating again into early next week as southerly flow develops ahead of low pressure in the Upper Midwest. && .AVIATION /20Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... VFR conditions through this evening before weather system brings lower cigs and vsbys overnight tonight and for first half of Thursday. Expect reduced conditions at BFD to begin around 06Z Thursday and then IPT around 09Z, UNV, JST and AOO around 12Z. MDT and LNS are still questionable if the precipitation gets that far south, however give the moisture and the flow expecting at least vicinity showers between 12Z to 15Z Thursday morning. Precipitation should continue along the boundary through tomorrow into Friday. So expect intermittent periods of MVFR to IFR cigs and VSBY possible Thursday. Outlook... Fri...AM shrasn/low cigs possible W Mtns. Sat...SHRA w/IFR CIGs possible N PM. Otherwise no sig wx. Sun...SHRA w/MVFR cigs N and W. Breezy NW wind. && .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Ross NEAR TERM...Ross SHORT TERM...Ross LONG TERM...Gartner/Steinbugl AVIATION...Ross is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.