Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KLWX 140202 AFDLWX AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 902 PM EST SAT FEB 13 2016 .SYNOPSIS... ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY THEN MOVE OFFSHORE SUNDAY NIGHT. LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA TUESDAY AND AN UPPER-LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL PASS THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. HIGH PRESSURE RETURNS FOR MIDDLE TO LATTER PART OF NEXT WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 7 AM SUNDAY MORNING/... GOING FORECAST IS IN GOOD SHAPE THIS EVENING. GUSTY WINDS WILL GRADUALLY SLACKEN OVERNIGHT AS HIGH PRESSURE SLOWLY TRANSLATES EASTWARD OVER THE REGION BY SUNDAY MORNING. VERY COLD CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST WITH MIN TEMPS RANGING FROM BELOW ZERO IN THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SINGLE DIGITS TO AROUND 10F ACROSS MOST OTHER LOCATIONS. LOW WIND CHILLS WILL PERSIST WITH WIND CHILL ADVISORIES STILL IN EFFECT FOR MOST AREAS TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING AND A WIND CHILL WARNING FOR LOCATIONS ALONG AND WEST OF THE ALLEGHENY FRONT. && .SHORT TERM /7 AM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY/... ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE OVERHEAD SUNDAY MORNING WILL MOVE OFF TO THE EAST LATER SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. BITTERLY COLD CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST...BUT WINDS WILL MUCH LIGHTER COMPARED TO SATURDAY. THE HIGH WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OUT INTO THE ATLANTIC SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY WHILE A LONGWAVE UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH BUILDS TOWARD THE REGION FROM MIDWEST. SHORTWAVE ENERGY WILL ROTATE AROUND THE TROUGH...CAUSING LOW PRESSURE TO DEVELOP OVER THE GULF COAST STATES MONDAY BEFORE TRACKING THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC LATER MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. PLENTY OF WARM AND MOIST AIR WILL OVERRUN THE ARCTIC AIR IN PLACE...CAUSING SNOW TO BREAK OUT LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGH MIDDAY MONDAY BEFORE CHANGING TO A WINTRY MIX AS WARMER AIR WORKS IN ALOFT. WARMER AIR WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ITS WAY INTO THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY...CAUSING PRECIPITATION TO GRADUALLY CHANGE TO RAIN EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE. HOWEVER...POCKETS OF FREEZING RAIN MAY LINGER FOR LOCATIONS WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS...AND TEMP PROFILES SUGGEST THE PTYPE MAY BE SNOW ALONG THE ALLEGHENY FRONT. DETAILS ON THE TIMING OF THE CHANGEOVER ARE UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME...BUT THERE WILL BE AN ACCUMULATING SNOW OF SEVERAL INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATION FROM FREEZING RAIN AS WELL. A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MOST LOCATIONS NORTH AND WEST OF INTERSTATE 95. FOR LOCATIONS ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 95...ACCUMULATING SNOW AND ICE IS EXPECTED BUT CONFIDENCE AMOUNTS REACHING REACHING WATCH CRITERIA ARE LOW SO A HEADLINE HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED AT THIS TIME. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL MOVE EAST ALONG THE OHIO VALLEY TOWARD THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST TUESDAY NIGHT. THIS DISTURBANCE COULD BRING AN INCH OR TWO OF SNOW TO PARTS OF THE REGION. ADDITIONAL WEAKER UPPER LEVEL ENERGY WILL MOVE THROUGHOUT THE MAIN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THIS ENERGY COULD GENERATE A SLIGHT CHANCE OF A FEW LINGERING SNOW SHOWERS IN PARTS OF THE REGION WITH BETTER EMPHASIS ON ACCUMULATING SNOW IN THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS. ONCE THE MAIN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE SLIDES OFFSHORE THE EAST COAST THURSDAY MORNING...A BROAD AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE IN FROM THE WEST AND DOMINATE THE REGION THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. A REINFORCING SHOT OF COLD AIR WILL BE USHERED IN BY THIS RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE. BY FRIDAY NIGHT...THIS AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL PUSH OFFSHORE TO ALLOW FOR A LIGHT TO MODERATE SOUTHWEST FLOW TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION. AT THE SAME TIME...A COLD FRONT WILL DRAG ALONG THE LOWER GREAT LAKES AND OHIO VALLEY FROM A STORM SYSTEM OVER EASTERN CANADA. ON SATURDAY...THIS COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION AND BRING A CHANCE FOR SOME RAIN SHOWERS. THERE ARE LARGE DISCREPANCIES ON THE STRENGTH AND LOCATION OF THE MAIN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE THAT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PUSHING THE SURFACE COLD FRONT THROUGH THE REGION. THE GFS MODEL IS STRONGER AND FASTER WITH THE COLD FRONT THAN THE EUROPEAN MODEL AT THIS TIME. TIMING ON PRECIPITATION SATURDAY COULD COINCIDE WITH LOW TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING TO PRODUCE SNOW AT THE ONSET. AS OF NOW...WE HAVE A CHANCE FOR SOME RAIN SHOWERS. && .AVIATION /02Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL SLOWLY WEAKEN OVERNIGHT...WITH LIGHTER FLOW ON SUNDAY AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES OVERHEAD. VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE TERMINALS LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY BEFORE CHANGING TO A WINTRY MIX AND EVENTUALLY RAIN MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. IFR/SUBIFR CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DURING THIS TIME. CONDITIONS MAY IMPROVE LATER TUESDAY AS LOW PRESSURE MOVES AWAY FROM THE TERMINALS. IFR OR LIFR CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE AT ANY OR ALL TERMINALS WITH SNOW SHOWERS TUESDAY NIGHT. WINDS WEST AROUND 5 KNOTS. MVFR OR BRIEF IFR CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE AT MRB...CHO...OR IAD TERMINALS WITH LINGERING SNOW SHOWERS WEDNESDAY. ELSEWHERE SHOULD HAVE VFR CONDITIONS. WINDS WEST-NORTHWEST AT 5 TO 10 KNOTS GUSTS 15 KNOTS. && .MARINE... GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL GRADUALLY SLACKEN TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY. A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WATERS THROUGH TONIGHT...BUT IT MAY BE ABLE TO BE CANCELLED EARLIER...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE UPPER TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER AND NORTHERN CHESAPEAKE BAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE WATERS SUNDAY. A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS STILL IN EFFECT...BUT WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO DIMINISH INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. LOW PRESSURE WILL LIKELY IMPACT THE WATERS LATER MONDAY INTO TUESDAY. NO MARINE HAZARDS EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. && .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS THROUGH TONIGHT WILL CAUSE TIDAL ANOMALIES TO APPROACH 2 FEET BELOW THE ASTRONOMICAL NORMS. THE FLOW WILL WEAKEN SUNDAY AND WATER LEVELS WILL RETURN CLOSER TO NORMAL. && .LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... DC...WIND CHILL ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY FOR DCZ001. MD...WIND CHILL WARNING UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY FOR MDZ501. WIND CHILL ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY FOR MDZ003>006-011- 013-014-016>018-502>508. WINTER STORM WATCH FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING FOR MDZ003>005-501>505. VA...WIND CHILL WARNING UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY FOR VAZ503. WINTER STORM WATCH FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING FOR VAZ025>027-029-030-036-037-503-504-507-508. WIND CHILL ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY FOR VAZ025>031- 036>040-050>057-501-502-504>508. WINTER STORM WATCH FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING FOR VAZ028-031-038>040-050>053-055-056-501-502- 505-506. WV...WIND CHILL WARNING UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY FOR WVZ501-503-505. WINTER STORM WATCH FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING FOR WVZ055-501-502-505-506. WIND CHILL ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY FOR WVZ050>053-055- 502-504-506. WINTER STORM WATCH FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING FOR WVZ050>053-503-504. MARINE...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FROM 6 AM TO 1 PM EST SUNDAY FOR ANZ530>543. FREEZING SPRAY ADVISORY UNTIL 1 PM EST SUNDAY FOR ANZ530>543. GALE WARNING UNTIL 6 AM EST SUNDAY FOR ANZ530>543. && $$ SYNOPSIS...BJL NEAR TERM...BJL/MM SHORT TERM...BJL LONG TERM...KLW AVIATION...BJL/MM/KLW MARINE...BJL/MM/KLW TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING...BJL

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