Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA
FXUS61 KLWX 171836
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
236 PM EDT Fri Mar 17 2017
A warm front will move into the area late tonight
into early Saturday before a cold front passes through Saturday
afternoon. High pressure builds over the area early next week.
Another cold front will cross the area on Tuesday.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
High pressure will continue to move offshore this afternoon. A
return flow has developed from the south. Milder conditions have
occurred due to the southerly flow. Low pressure will track
into the eastern Great Lakes tonight. The warm front associated
with the low will approach the area late this afternoon into
tonight. Clouds will continue to increase along with increasing
chances for rain and snow through this evening.
Despite warmer conditions due to the southerly flow...there
is plenty of dry air in place this afternoon. This will cause
evaporative cooling when precipitation moves in...and this will
cause rain to mix with and perhaps even start as snow late this
afternoon into this evening. The best chance for snow will be
across the Potomac Highlands...northern Maryland...eastern West
Virginia and extreme northern Virginia. Snow may coat the ground
across these areas...but most paved surfaces will be wet due to
the higher march sun angle warming those surfaces. The one
exception will be for locations along and west of the Allegheny
Front...where 1-3" inches of snow are most likely. A period of
snow/sleet is possible farther south and east toward the
Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan areas...but temps should
remain well above freezing during this time.
The warm front will stall out over the Potomac Highlands into
central Virginia overnight. A dry slot will move in during this
time...causing widespread precipitation to dissipate.
However...surface cool air will remain trapped and this will
result in low clouds along with areas of drizzle and fog
underneath the subsidence inversion. Pockets of freezing drizzle
and even light freezing rain cannot be ruled out late this
evening into the overnight hours...but confidence is too low at
this time for an advisory. Any rain that does freeze will likely
be confined to elevated surfaces across the eastern slopes of
the Allegheny Highlands and perhaps across extreme northern
Maryland near the Mason-Dixon Line.
Temps tonight should hold in the middle 30s for many
locations...but temps should rise overnight across the ridge
tops as well as southern Maryland into central Virginia into the
upper 30s and 40s.
.SHORT TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/...
The boundary will remain nearly stationary over the Potomac
Highlands into central Virginia and southern Maryland Saturday.
Closed upper-level low will track into Pennsylvania and this
will cause low pressure to develop along the boundary Saturday
afternoon before developing into a coastal low Saturday night.
The dry slot should keep most areas dry Saturday morning...with
the exception of low clouds/fog and drizzle due to moisture
trapped underneath the subsidence inversion. However...as the
low pass through our area later Saturday afternoon and begins to
develop off the coast...a north to northwest flow will develop.
This may mix out any cool air that`s trapped and cause warmer
conditions relative to recent days. Max temps will range from
the 40s across northern Maryland to the lower and middle 50s
near Washington and Baltimore to the lower middle 60s in
central Virginia. The warmer air along with unseasonably low
500mb heights from the upper-level low will trigger a few
showers Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. Some showers
may even contain small hail if enough instability develops.
The upper-level low will pass through our area Saturday
night...bringing the chance for a few rain and snow showers. The
best chance for snow will be across northeastern Maryland where
forcing will be a bit stronger northeast of the upper-level low.
Snow may coat the ground across these areas. An upslope flow
will cause accumulating snow along and west of the Allegheny
Front as well. Winter headlines may be needed for this area.
The upper-level low will move away from the area Sunday and a
northwest flow will bring drier air to the area along with
chilly conditions for this time of year. However...it will not
be nearly as cold as recent days. Highs will be in the 40s
across most areas to lower and middle 50s in central Virginia.
High pressure will build overhead Sunday night...bringing dry
and chilly conditions.
.LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
High pressure over the region Monday will move east to allow for
a cold front to sag southward and bring a chance for rain
showers Monday night into Tuesday.
A second area of high pressure will build southward from the
Great Lakes Tuesday night through Thursday night. Drier air
and colder temperatures will ensue into the region.
High pressure will move to the coast to allow for a return flow
to usher in milder air Friday.
.AVIATION /18Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
A warm front will stall out over central Virginia tonight. Low
pressure will track along the boundary Saturday before moving
off to the east Saturday night. A period of rain and snow is
expected late this afternoon and evening ahead of the warm
front. The best chance for snow will be across KMRB. Snow may
coat ground near KMRB...but paved surfaces will likely remain
wet due to the warm conditions today. Cigs/Vsbys will
deteriorate this evening and IFR conditions are likely overnight
through most of Saturday morning. The one exception may be
KCHO...closer to the boundary.
Cigs/vsbys should improve some on Saturday...but MVFR conditions
will likely hold along with possible IFR conditions, especially
across KBWI and KMTN. A few showers area possible Saturday
afternoon into Saturday evening. Snow showers are possible
Saturday night...especially across the northern terminals.
VFR conditions along with north to northwest winds will return
for Sunday and Sunday night. Vfr conditions are also expected
for Monday. A cold front may impact the terminals Monday night
into Tuesday. High pressure will return for the middle portion
of next week.
A warm front will stall out near the southern waters tonight
into Saturday. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for middle
portions of the Bay and the lower Tidal Potomac tonight into
Saturday morning where the gradient will strengthen. Low
pressure will pass by to the south Saturday before developing
into a coastal low Saturday night. Winds may approach SCA
criteria Saturday afternoon...but confidence is not high enough
for a headline since cool air trapped underneath the inversion
may limit mixing.
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the waters Saturday
night and will likely be needed Sunday through Sunday night.
No marine hazards Monday through Tuesday night.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 11 PM Saturday to 6 AM EDT Sunday
Small Craft Advisory from 8 PM this evening to 8 AM EDT
Saturday for ANZ532>534-537-540-541-543.