Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCTP 250956 AFDCTP Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service State College PA 556 AM EDT Thu May 25 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Soaking rain this morning will become more showery later today with a few strong thunderstorms possible mainly across south- central PA. Scattered showers will linger into Friday followed by a period of mainly dry conditions Friday night into Saturday. Showers and thunderstorms will likely impact the area Sunday into Memorial Day. Today will be the coolest day this week with temperatures rebounding through the holiday weekend. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... All near term HIRES guidance shows steady light to moderate rain overspreading Central PA through 12z. Peak rainfall intensity between 09 and 15z still looks good coincident with max H85 mflux anoms and strong SE LLJ. Multi-model derived QPF amounts between 0.50 and 1 inches expected through midday with areas of 1"+ amounts in the southern Alleghenies aided by orographics and robust dynamics. Negligible instability will inhibit short-term rain rates resulting in a soaking rain with no runoff issues anticipated. The steadier rain should lift over the northern 1/2 of the area later this morning with overall mode of precipitation becoming more showery this afternoon with partial sunshine/cloud breaks expected in- and- out of shower spells. Occluded front pushes north of the Mason-Dixon line this afternoon which should allow for at least modest destablization with cloud breaks most likely across south-central PA. SPC has expanded MRGL risk northward into this area with thinking that thunderstorm development will concentrate near the frontal boundary over south-central PA. Instability is not that great but shear profiles are supportive of at least low risk severe probs. There is also plenty of large scale forcing to work with given strong height falls/negative tilt trough and favorable left-exit region jet dynamics. Will include risk for isolated strong/severe storms in HWO. Anticipate a gradual decrease in shower activity tonight into early Friday morning with consensus max POPs focused over the far NE and SW portions of the CWA. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... Broad cyclonic/west-northwest flow on southern end of exiting upper trough will support terrain-enhanced showers on Friday before precip winds down Friday night/AM Saturday. The holiday weekend still looks to start off dry with model and ensemble means keeping decaying MCS activity to the south/west of the area through Saturday night. However, timing and placement of mesoscale features (especially at this range) is inherently uncertain so we can`t rule out pcpn particularly over the Laurels/far southern PA. Expect a nice rebound in daytime highs with readings back into the low to mid 70s. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... A lower-amplitude mid level flow pattern in the wake of the departing closed upper low will feature rising heights/weak ridging aloft into the weekend. The pattern will evolve into a broadly cyclonic flow regime by early next week with upper low spinning between the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay into midweek. Model blend maintains the highest POPs on Sunday with a risk for thunderstorms as well as a frontal system slides through. Another round of showers (storms SE) possible for Memorial Day, with sct showers poss lingering Tue into Wed as the parade of shortwaves around the trough continues into midweek. && .AVIATION /10Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
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Low pressure located over Ohio will bring a steady rain with widespread IFR/low MVFR cigs to central Pa this morning. The rain will taper off from south to north during the late morning hours as a warm front works into the region. Rapidly improving cigs and a wind shift from east to south are likely as the warm front arrives during early to mid afternoon in the south and late afternoon in the north. A few evening tsra could form in the unstable air mass south of the warm front, so isold tsra impacts are possible across the southern half of Pa. Winds will shift to the west this evening, as the low pressure system passes north of Pa. Residual low level moisture ascending the Allegheny Mtns is likely to result in IFR cigs at BFD/JST by late this evening, while downsloping flow results in more favorable conditions further east. .OUTLOOK... Fri...AM low cigs/showers likely BFD/JST. Sat...AM fog possible BFD. Sun...Showers/reduced cigs possible, esp Sun night. Mon...AM low cigs poss west. Sct PM tsra impacts poss east.
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