Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KGYX 251911 AFDGYX AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 211 PM EST THU DEC 25 2014 .SYNOPSIS...
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HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AND WILL HOLD SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND THROUGH SATURDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM THE WEST SATURDAY NIGHT AND WILL CROSS THE REGION ON SUNDAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD IN FROM THE WEST SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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QUIET WEATHER RETURNS TO THE FORECAST AREA TONIGHT AND INTO THE WEEKEND AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND. BRISK UPSLOPE FLOW WILL KEEP SKIES MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE CONNECTICUT VALLEY...BUT THE REMAINDER OF THE FORECAST AREA WILL SEE A MOSTLY CLEAR NIGHT. EXPECT WINDS TO DROP OFF SOMEWHAT AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW TEMPS WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 20S NORTH TO THE LOWER 30S SOUTH.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
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FRIDAY LOOKING MOSTLY SUNNY DOWNWIND OF THE MOUNTAINS WITH HIGH TEMPS EDGING ABOVE NORMAL. CLOUDS WILL PERSIST IN THE NORTH FOR MUCH OF THE DAY. HIGHS WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 30S TO LOWER 40S NORTH AND LOWER TO MID 40S SOUTH. QUIET WEATHER CONTINUES FRIDAY NIGHT AS HIGH PRESSURE PARKS SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND. CLOUDS WILL PERSIST IN THE NORTH WHILE THE REMAINDER OF THE REGION SEES A MOSTLY CLEAR TO PARTLY CLOUDY NIGHT. LOWS WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S.
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&& .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED TO THE SOUTH MOVES EAST AS RIDGING ALOFT IS REPLACED BY SW FLOW ALOFT. A SHORT WAVE OVER SOUTHERN CANADA WILL DRIVE A COLD FRONT THROUGH THE AREA SUNDAY AND HELP CARVE OUT A TROUGH OVER THE NORTHEASTERN CONUS. PRECIPITATION CHANCES INCREASE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY WITH UPSLOPE REGIONS POSSIBLY GETTING A FEW INCHES OF SNOW. WARMER SOUTHERN AREAS WILL SEE A RAIN/SNOW MIX WITH MOSTLY RAIN ALONG THE COAST. AMOUNTS WILL BE LIGHT. THE COLDER AIR BEHIND THE FRONT BEGINS TO ARRIVE SUNDAY NIGHT. OVERNIGHT LOWS BOTTOM OUT IN THE SINGLE DIGITS NORTH AND THE TEENS AND LOWER 20S SOUTH BY MONDAY NIGHT. HIGHS SHOULD BE MUCH COOLER THAN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING WITH TEENS IN THE NORTH AND MID 20S TO LOWER 30S SOUTH. A CUTOFF LOW EVENTUALLY SETS UP OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BY MIDWEEK ANCHORING THE SOUTHERN STREAM. IN GENERAL SPRAWLING HIGH PRESSURE KEEPS STORM SYSTEMS TO OUR NORTH AND EAST THIS WEEK... AND THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN STREAMS NEVER REALLY PHASE WELL... THEREFORE KEEPING ANY SIGNIFICANT WEATHER FROM DEVELOPING NEAR US. WE DO HAVE A SLIGHT CHANCE TO CHANCE FOR SNOW SHOWERS FROM TIME TO TIME... MAINLY IN THE MOUNTAINS AS SHORT WAVE ENERGY PASSES BY IN SW FLOW ALOFT.
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&& .AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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SHORT TERM...VFR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. LONG TERM...VFR CONDITIONS SATURDAY DROPPING TO MVFR OR IFR AS SNOW AND RAIN SHOWERS MOVE THROUGH THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. POSSIBLE FOG MONDAY MORNING FOR MOUNTAIN TERMINALS. POSSIBLE LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS IN THE KMHT AREA ON TUESDAY.
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&& .MARINE...
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SHORT TERM...CONTINUING GALE WARNING THROUGH THIS EVENING. LONG TERM...ONLY CONCERN IS A FEW HOURS OF GUSTS 25-30 KTS FOR THE WATERS SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY NIGHT AS A COLD FRONT CROSSES THE AREA.
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&& .GYX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...NONE. NH...NONE. MARINE...GALE WARNING UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR ANZ150>154. && $$ HANES/SINSABAUGH

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