Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KLWX 151958 AFDLWX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 258 PM EST Wed Nov 15 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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A cold front will cross the region Thursday morning. High pressure will traverse the area Friday, then a strong cold front will cross the region Saturday night. High pressure will return by early next week.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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Clouds will continue to thicken through the rest of today in advance of a cold front currently moving through the Chicago area. Showers will move into the Appalachians early this evening and could affect areas as east as the Rt 15 corridor in MD and northern VA while some light rain/drizzle or mist could develop over eastern areas as marine layer advects inland. In any case, we`re only looking at 0.05 inches or less over most areas except a little higher over the mtns.
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&& .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
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Cdfnt will cross the area around 12Z tomorrow with shifting winds and becoming windy after 15Z with gusts possibly up to 45 mph in the mtn ridges and up to 35 mph in the east. May need a wind advzy over the mtns. It will be a little warmer with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s due to strong downslope flow. Thu night it will still be breezy due to tight pres gradient. High pressure builds over the area Fri with diminishing winds.
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&& .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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A cold front will cross the region late Saturday. Euro/GFS/NAM all showing very little instability as it comes thru. Still some showers expected with the frontal passage in our area. Breezy ahead of the front and then gusty winds with the cold advection Sat night into Sunday. GFS has the strongest winds just behind the cold front late Sat night. Models have winds in the mixed layer behind the front in the 30s of kts, while the GFS is in the 40s of kts. If it ends up being closer to the GFS, wind advisories would be needed. But model uncertainty is high in that regard at the moment. Near to below normal temperatures for early to mid next week. Gusty cool high pressure moving in on Sunday with snow showers on our western fringe in the Appalachians. Euro still is weaker with this with less snow...an inch or so. GFS is still more bullish. Leaning towards the Euro since the high builds in fairly quickly for Mon and Tue. Another cold front is expected at the end of the period for mid week.
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&& .AVIATION /20Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
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Thickening clouds rest of today with rain showers possible mainly between 02Z-06Z and possible MVFR flight restrictions. Winds shift to the NW after 12Z Thu with fropa with gusts up to around 30kt. Winds will switch from SW to NW late Sat and will be rather gusty with some gusts of 45kt possible just after the front. A period of MVFR or even IFR conditions possible Sat afternoon into Sat night. VFR for Sunday and Monday with high pressure.
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&& .MARINE...
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Winds light and variable through the first half of tonight, then strengthening toward dawn. Cdfnt crosses the area just after 12Z Thu with winds shifting to NW and gusting up to 30 kt through Thu night. Winds begin to diminish Fri, but increase again Sat ahead of next cdfnt. SCA conditions are likely Saturday and Sunday, with even a period of gale force winds possible after the cold front Sat night into Sunday day.
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&& .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING...
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Minor coastal flooding possible at Straits Point tonight at high tide. Current fcst keeps it just below using a blend of ESTOFS/ETSS, but using ESTOFS along would bring St. Point just above flood stage.
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&& .LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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DC...None. MD...None. VA...None. WV...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 4 AM Thursday to 6 AM EST Friday for ANZ530>534-537-539>541-543. Small Craft Advisory from 10 AM Thursday to 6 AM EST Friday for ANZ535-536-538-542.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...LFR NEAR TERM...LFR SHORT TERM...LFR LONG TERM...CAS/LFR AVIATION...CAS/LFR MARINE...CAS/LFR TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING...LFR

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