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832 FXUS61 KCTP 231818 AFDCTP Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service State College PA 218 PM EDT Sun Oct 23 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front will pass through tonight and early Monday bringing a cold rain to the northern half of the state. A reinforcing shot of cold air will follow and last through mid week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... Cu field will disappear for the most part this evening. But a low-amplitude fast-moving wave will cross the upper Great Lakes this evening and move across NY/PA early tonight. Weak low pressure will ripple across at the sfc and drag a cold front thru around 03Z in the NW and by 12Z SE. A streak of rain of 0.25-0.5" is expected across the northern third of the area, while lower amounts will fall as far S as FIG-UNV-IPT. However, not much rain is expected S of that line. Will keep a few hundreths in the QPF grid in the central mtns for 06-12z. NW flow will make isold- sct shra in the Laurels in that same time frame. Temps will drop as the rain starts in the NW, and diminsh more-normally across the rest of the area, as the timing of the front is mainly with the normal nocturnal trend. Mins in the 40s widespread tonight as the SE will be mainly cloud-free and drop more than the cloudy/wet nrn tier. && .SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/... NW post-frontal flow will keep isold-sct shra for the usual suspects on Monday. High pressure stays to the W thru the short- term and the tight pres grad will keep it breezy. Temps will only rise 6-8F on Mon in the NW, and 10-15F in the SE under constant but weak cold advection. The flow lasts into Mon Night, and the temps get cold enough then to get a mix or plain ol` --sn for precip type in the higher elevation of the nrn mtns. As with last night, no accums expected with still-warm ground and very light/sct precip. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... High pressure gradually works in from the Great Lakes Tue into Wed keeping below normal temperatures in place. CAA comes to an end on Wed as upper ridge finally moves through. But that will be quickly followed by a compact low developing over the Midwest that will be knocking on our door by Thu. Expect showers to work in from the west later Wed night, with rain likely for much of the area on Thu. Model guidance quickly diverges after that, so confidence in next weekends forecast is rather low. But looks like potentially another quick shot of cooler air late week, with the GFS and EC battling it out for synoptic features by Sunday. && .AVIATION /18Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... Strato cu should dissipate over most of the area through the evening and the wind will slacken a bit for a short time. However, a fast-moving wave drops out of the upper Great Lakes and brings a very quick shot of ra to the north early tonight. By 06Z, most of the shra will have diminished. The cold front will finish pushing thru KMDT-KLNS around 09Z-12Z. Just some isold shra 06-12Z will linger in the central mtns and KJST. Cold advection on NW flow will generate isold-sct shra for the KBFD and perhaps KJST on Mon. A few --shsn may occur over the nrn mtns Mon Night. Drying should occur on Tues as high pressure moves down from the Great Lakes. Outlook... Mon Night-Tue...MVFR/sct -shrasn N/W. VFR elsewhere. Wed...No sig wx. Thu...Widespread showers. Fri...MVFR/sct -shra N/W. VFR elsewhere. && .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Dangelo NEAR TERM...Dangelo SHORT TERM...Dangelo LONG TERM...DeVoir/RXR/Steinbugl AVIATION...Dangelo is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.