Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KLWX 030829

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
329 AM EST Sat Dec 3 2016

High pressure will gradually move into the region through Sunday.
An upper-level disturbance will pass through the area Sunday night
and high pressure will briefly return for Monday. Coastal low
pressure will impact the area Tuesday before high pressure briefly
returns for Wednesday. A potent cold front will move through late
next week.


High pressure will slowly progress eastward from the Midwest and
into the mid-atlantic states by tonight. However we are still
feeling the effects of the system departing southeastern Canada
with another day of persistent northwest flow. With the
lingering low level moisture and upslope flow, have continued to
see areas of light snow showers and some freezing drizzle along
the Allegheny Front. Thus have extended the Winter Weather
Advisory in these areas until 10 AM this morning to allow for some
low level drying to end the freezing drizzle as well as solar
insolation to melt any ice accrual on the paved surfaces.

Otherwise, cloud cover will be similar to yesterday with more
clouds north and west, and more sun south and east, as is
typical in northwest flow. Temperatures will be near seasonal
normals with highs from the 40s to low 50s. A breeze is expected
again as well with some gusts 20-25 mph.


Surface high pressure will move across the region tonight, leading
to slackening winds and dry weather. However, high cirrus clouds
will already be increasing aloft ahead of the next system coming
out of the plains. Lows will be in the 20s/30s.

Northern stream energy will eject out of the plains on Sunday with
southwest flow/warm air advection developing ahead of it. This
will continue to lead to thickening and gradually lowering clouds
on Sunday. The weakening system will then traverse the area late
Sunday and Sunday night. Most of the southern stream
energy/moisture located over the deep south will remain untapped,
so while a period of light precipitation is likely, amounts will
be on the low side. Thermal profiles favor predominantly rain for
the metros and the I- 95 corridor south and east. However some
light snow is likely for areas to the north and west and a light
accumulation is possible in the higher elevations. Highs Sunday
will be in the 40s area-wide, with lows in the 30s Sunday night.

High pressure and dry weather will then move in behind the system
for Monday with highs in the 40s to low 50s.


Low pressure will track through the Gulf Coast States into the
Tennessee Valley Monday night. The surface ridge from high
pressure over New England will continue to extend southwest into
our area. Clouds will lower and thicken as the low approaches from
the southwest...and precipitation may begin to overspread the area
overnight from southwest to northeast.

The low will slowly move northeast into the Ohio Valley Tuesday
while it transfers its energy to a coastal low along the North
Carolina Coast. Warm and moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and
Atlantic Ocean will overrun the surface cooler air in
place...likely resulting in a soaking rain for most areas.
However...there still remains some concern with precipitation
type. There will be plenty of dry air ahead of the system and as
precipitation into the dry may lead to insitu cold air
damming from evaporative cooling. The cooling effect may be enough
for snow to fall late Monday night through Tuesday...especially
for the the ridge tops. This will have to be monitored since
uncertainty remains high this far out. Any snow should change over
to rain Tuesday night as warmer air takes over with the primary
low moving off to our north.

Coastal low pressure may hang around for Tuesday night before
finally moving off to the east on Wednesday. Have increased pops
for Tuesday night with rain likely across most areas. Any leftover
rain should end Wednesday morning and high pressure will briefly
bring drier conditions for Wednesday afternoon.

A strong cold front will pass through the area late in the week.
Blustery and much colder conditions are expected by Friday.


Predominantly VFR conditions expected through at least Sunday.
Scattered-broken stratocumulus deck at 4000-6000 feet will
continue with varying coverage through today. This will be
replaced by an increasing high cirrus deck tonight and on Sunday.
Clouds will lower and thicken Sunday night as a weakening system
moves through, along with the chance for some light rain, and
possibly some light snow at IAD/MRB. Thus a period of sub-VFR
conditions are possible. Monday will see an improvement back to
VFR at all TAF sites.

Winds will be out of the west/northwest through today, with gusts
up to 20-25 knots. Winds will decrease tonight and turn light
southerly Sunday afternoon and Sunday night, before turning back
to the north Monday.

VFR conditions will persist for most of Monday night. Rain and
subvfr conditions are expected either late Monday night or Tuesday
morning. IFR conditions are possible later Tuesday through
Tuesday night along with more rain. Conditions will improve


Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for all waters through
today for persistent gusty northwest flow with gusts in excess
of 20 knots. Winds begin to decrease tonight, but SCA will
continue through tonight for portions of the central Chesapeake
and lower Tidal Potomac. Winds finally drop below SCA criteria
Sunday and remain below through Monday.

Coastal low pressure will develop Tuesday before slowly moving out
to sea later Tuesday night into Wednesday. A Small Craft Advisory
may be needed for portions of the waters Tuesday into Wednesday.
High pressure will briefly build overhead later Wednesday before a
potent cold front approaches Thursday.


Meteorological autumn 2016 has ended (it runs from September 1st
through November 30th). It was unusually warm and dry across the
much of the area. Below are preliminary temperature and
precipitation rankings for this autumn.

Washington DC area (Ronald Reagan National Airport, DCA)
Temperature (warmest)     Precipitation (driest)
1.  63.9 degrees (2016)   1.  1.83 inches (1930)
2.  63.3 degrees (2007)   2.  2.42 inches (1941)
                          3.  2.65 inches (2001)
                          4.  3.33 inches (1998)
                          5.  3.45 inches (1879)
                          6.  4.07 inches (1967)
                          7.  4.16 inches (2016)
                          8.  4.26 inches (1973)
Records have been kept at DCA since August 1st 1941. Additional
temperature records in the Washington DC area date back to 1872,
and additional precipitation records date back to 1871.

Baltimore MD area (Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood
Marshall Airport, BWI)
Temperature (warmest)     Precipitation (driest)
1.  64.7 degrees (1931)   Not in Top 20 (2016 was 29th driest
2.  63.4 degrees (1941)   with 6.65 inches)
3.  63.3 degrees (1881)
4.  61.9 degrees (1946)
5.  61.8 degrees (1900)
6.  61.3 degrees (1970)
7.  61.1 degrees (1927)
8.  60.7 degrees (1947)*
9.  60.4 degrees (1930)
10. 60.3 degrees (1919)
    60.3 degrees (1945)
    60.3 degrees (1942)
13. 60.2 degrees (2016)
    60.2 degrees (1985)
*One day of missing data
Records have been kept at BWI since January 1st 1950. Additional
temperature records in the Baltimore MD area date back to 1872,
and additional precipitation records date back to 1871.

Dulles VA area (Washington Dulles International Airport, IAD)
Temperature (warmest)     Precipitation (driest)
1.  60.3 degrees (2007)   1.  3.96 inches (1998)
2.  60.0 degrees (2016)   2.  4.59 inches (1978)
3.  59.5 degrees (1985)   3.  4.61 inches (1965)
                          4.  4.97 inches (2016)
                          5.  5.31 inches (1981)
Records have been kept at IAD since November 30th 1962.


MD...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM EST early this morning for
VA...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM EST early this morning for
WV...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM EST early this morning for
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until midnight EST tonight for ANZ531-532-
     Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EST this evening for ANZ530-
     Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM EST Sunday for ANZ533-534-537-


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