Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KGYX 212006 AFDGYX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Gray ME 306 PM EST Tue Feb 21 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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A weakening frontal system will cross the area tonight. Low pressure moving east through southern Canada will push a cold front toward the region late Thursday. The front will be followed by high pressure through early Friday. A warm front will approach from the southwest late Friday and will lift north of the area Friday night. A coastal system may bring more widespread precipitation over the weekend.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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We have had a moderately warm day today with slightly above normal temperatures for most spots in NH and western Maine. High pressure currently straddling the coast will continue to move offshore tonight with increasing moisture moving northward and clouds thickening ahead of a cold front. Models have backed off on QPF for the frontal passage overnight with only a few hundredths in mainly elevated locations. Any precipitation that reaches the ground will be in the form of sleet or freezing rain...however it will be so sparse will not be issuing any headlines and will instead handle the situation with Special Weather Statement(s) when the time comes. Lows overnight will generally range through the 20s to lower 30 degrees along the coast.
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&& .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
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Cold front weakens and essentially washes out on Wednesday leaving the region in a warm southwesterly flow. High temperatures will push well above normal with most of the region topping out in the 40s to near 50 over southern New Hampshire and SW Maine. A warmer night will be on tap for Wednesday night with moisture still in place and a warm front lifting into the region overnight. Here we will likely see some light rain/freezing rain along the international border around daybreak, but again it looks very spotty.
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&& .LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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Low pressure will move across southeast Canada Thursday and will drag a warm front northeast across the region. A few scattered showers are possible in the mountains with the warm frontal passage Thursday. As the low moves rapidly east into the maritimes Thursday night it will then drag a trailing weak and shallow cold front south across the region with weak high pressure building into the area behind the front late at night into early Friday with dry conditions. By late in the day the front moves north once again as a warm front with a very broad southerly flow developing late Friday and continuing through Saturday. Warmer daytime and nighttime lows are expected and reflected rather well in superblend guidance. By late Saturday a progressive upper trof moving through the Great Lakes will have a strong surface cold front associated with it and will allow showers to develop by late Saturday and become widespread Saturday night as the front and upper trof moves rapidly east across the area. On Sunday into Monday a return to a more zonal flow aloft with high pressure, colder temperatures, and dry conditions expected.
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&& .AVIATION /19Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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Short Term...VFR today. Areas of MVFR ceilings developing overnight in widely scattered -FZRA/IP. The most likely terminal this may affect is LEB but again chances are slight. VFR on Wednesday with increasing/lowering clouds from the north towards morning. Long Term...VFR conditions Thu into Thu night. MVFR conditions may develop Fri in a developing moist southerly flow with some scattered rain showers. Variable conditions expected early Saturday but with the approaching cold front late Sat and Sat night expected conditions to become MVFR to IFR in showers.
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&& .MARINE...
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Short Term...A couple gusts to 25 kts will be possible over the outer waters tonight, but the impact/periods will be very small so will not be issuing a SCA at this time. Long Term...Winds and seas will remain below SCA thresholds thru the end of the week. A strong cold front will cross the waters over the weekend...and bring an extended period of SCA conditions to all waters.
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&& .GYX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...None. NH...None. MARINE...None. && $$ NEAR TERM...Hanes SHORT TERM...Hanes LONG TERM...Marine

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