Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KFFC 091747 AFDFFC Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Peachtree City GA 1247 PM EST Fri Dec 9 2016 .PREV DISCUSSION.../Issued 258 AM EST Fri Dec 9 2016/ SHORT TERM /Today through Saturday/... A cold dome of high pressure will continue to build over the area through the short term and bring some of the coldest temperatures felt so far this winter. Most locations will start out this morning with temperatures at or well below freezing... so bundle up the kids for the bus stop. Persistent northwest winds today... around 10 to 15 mph... will continue the cold air advection pattern and only allow area temps to rebound into the 40s for most areas... despite plenty of sunshine. Northerly winds will greatly diminish tonight. This coupled with clear skies and dewpoints in the teens will support strong radiational cooling and provide some of the coldest low temps felt so far this winter. Decided to go a degree or two cooler than guidance... with lows from the teens across parts of far north GA to mid and upper 20s across the far southern reaches of the forecast area by early Saturday morning. High pressure settles over the southeast on Saturday and begins to modify. This ends the cold air advection process... and along with ample sunshine... should allow highs on Saturday to rebound into the 40s and 50s... yet still probably 5 to 8 degrees cooler than normal for most areas. Otherwise... enjoy the dry/cool pattern through the weekend. Remember... the extra cold temperatures tonight will warrant protecting pets... pipes and sensitive plants. Also... don`t forget to check on the elderly and use extra caution when using space heaters. 39 LONG TERM /Saturday Night through Thursday/... Models are struggling a bit in the long term when it comes to a couple of fronts approaching the area. To start the long term, models are in good agreement with High pressure to the north yielding the typical CAD profile across north/central Georgia Sunday. This will allow temperature to stay below climo for those within the wedge, around 50 degrees to around 60 across the south. The sfc high will eventually push offshore ahead of the next system. A cold front associated with a potent low ejecting out of the central CONUS will move toward Georgia by Monday. This will mean an increase chance of precipitation through the day as the front approaches. The models start to diverge a bit on the exact placement of the front. The boundary will then act as a focus for a series of sfc lows to ride northward. This means warmer and more wet conditions through mid-week. The exact placement of the front will heavily influence temperatures and precipitation through this period. Only expecting a half an inch of rain or so from Sunday night through Wednesday. A sfc low will develop off the Carolina coast and move out to sea Wednesday, all ahead of the next trough and associated cold front progged to cross Thursday. Models tend to go back and forth on the amplitude of such troughs this time of year due to the projected snow cover to the north and forecasted temps across the Great Lakes. More often than not, we see models moderate a bit when it comes to these troughs because of the aforementioned trends. However, I think confidence is building that another shot of cooler air may move through the latter portion of the work-week. Cold high pressure across the Dakotas will start to build east, with below normal temps possible by the end of the period. 26 && .AVIATION... 18Z Update... VFR conditions with FEW250 prevailing and no weather. NW winds at 10-12kts with some gusts to 20kts will diminish as the sun sets. Most TAF sites will be light and variable while ATL will keep wind speed of 3-6kts overnight. Winds will slowly shift out of NE by 13-15Z, with speeds generally 5kts or less through tomorrow afternoon. //ATL Confidence...18Z Update... High confidence all elements. && .PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS... Athens 47 24 48 27 / 0 0 0 0 Atlanta 42 25 48 30 / 0 0 0 0 Blairsville 37 19 44 23 / 0 0 0 0 Cartersville 41 21 47 28 / 0 0 0 0 Columbus 47 26 52 32 / 0 0 0 0 Gainesville 43 24 47 28 / 0 0 0 0 Macon 48 24 52 29 / 0 0 0 0 Rome 41 21 46 25 / 0 0 0 0 Peachtree City 44 22 49 27 / 0 0 0 0 Vidalia 51 27 53 35 / 0 0 0 0 && .FFC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM... AVIATION... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.