Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KLWX 251915

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
315 PM EDT Thu May 25 2017

Low pressure and associated cold front will move
through the area this evening. Weak high pressure will return
to the area later Friday and Friday night before moving off the
coast Saturday. A warm front will stall out overhead later
Saturday through Sunday. A stronger cold front will pass through
the area Monday.


Cutoff low pressure over the Ohio Valley will pass through our
area this evening. As of this occluded front
associated with the low extends southeast into our area. Weak
surface low pressure is also developing along this boundary over
northern Virginia. Low clouds have given way to some sunshine
and this has caused instability to increase over the last couple
hours. Latest mesoanalysis around 500 J/KG over central Virginia
into southern Maryland. Instability should increase ahead of the
occluded boundary over the next few hours.

Showers and thunderstorms have begun to pop up across the
Potomac Highlands into central Virginia near the boundary. As
the boundary moves north and east...convection is expected to
increase in coverage and perhaps intensity. This is due to the
destabilizing atmosphere both from colder air aloft and breaks
of sunshine. Despite weakening shear profiles...there is an
elevated threat for severe thunderstorms due to the colder air
aloft and potential for downbursts due to mid-level dry air. The
best chance for stronger storms will be across eastern West
Virginia into northern Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan
area as well as central and southern Maryland.

Due to recent rainfall...any heavy rainfall from thunderstorms
does pose a threat for flash flooding. However...a watch has
not been issued at this time thinking that storms should be
progressive and torrential downpours will be widely scattered.
These factors should keep any flash flood threat localized.

Low pressure and the occluded boundary will move off to our
northeast later this evening and overnight. Convection will
dissipate in coverage...but a few showers are possible overnight
as moisture wraps around the departing low.


Low pressure will continue to move away from the area Friday
while high pressure approaches from the west. A west to
northwest flow will usher in seasonable conditions...but it will
be breeze due to a tight gradient between the departing low and
building high. An isolated shower cannot be ruled out from
daytime heating...but much of the time will be dry.

Weak high pressure will build overhead Friday night before
moving off off the coast Saturday. A warm front will stall out
over the area later Saturday through Saturday night. Marine air
will allow for cooler conditions across northeastern portions of
the CWA while much warmer and more humid conditions are expected
across central and western areas behind the boundary. There is
still some uncertainty as to exactly where the boundary will
setup. However...with warm and humid conditions in place showers
and thunderstorms will likely develop. Sufficient shear suggests
that some storms could be severe...mainly along and south/west
of the boundary. Convection should dissipate in coverage later
Saturday night due to the loss of daytime heating.


A warm front will settle near/over our CWA Sunday
before a cold front moves across late Sunday night into Monday
morning. Showers and thunderstorms possible with periods of
heavy rain during these days. Conditions start to dry out into
Tuesday as westerly flow settles in. Another -weaker- front
approaches on Tuesday night into Wednesday, increasing PoPs
slightly. Several pieces of upper level energy could bring a
chance of precip to our area Wednesday into Thursday, but
looking into mostly dry conditions.

High temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s... some 60s at
higher elevations.


Popup showers and thunderstorms are expected late this
afternoon into this evening. A few storms may become
severe...with locally damaging winds and large hail being the
primary threats. IFR/subIFR conditions are expected in stronger
storms. Convection will dissipate in coverage later this

VFR conditions are expected most of the time Friday through
Saturday night. West to northwest winds will gust around 20 to
25 knots Friday. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible
Saturday. Some storms may become strong to severe during the
afternoon and evening hours.

Sub-VFR conditions expected Sunday into Monday with
rounds of showers and thunderstorms moving through our region
with a boundaries stalled/moving through. Conditions become
drier/VFR Monday night into Tuesday.


Showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage late this
afternoon into this evening. Storms will be capable of producing
locally damaging winds and large hail. Special Marine Warnings
may be warranted.

Low pressure will develop over the waters this afternoon before
moving off to the north and east tonight. A lull in the winds
has occurred due to a weaker gradient this afternoon.
However...winds from the southwest will pick up behind the low
late this afternoon through tonight. A Small Craft advisory is
in effect for most of the waters behind the boundary.

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for all of the waters Friday
due to gusty west to northwest winds expected behind departing
low pressure. Winds will quickly diminish toward sunset. Weak
high pressure will build overhead Friday night before moving
offshore Saturday. A warm front will stall out near the waters
later Saturday through Saturday night. Additional showers and
thunderstorms are possible during this time...especially
Saturday afternoon and evening.


Combination of high astronomical tides due to a new moon and
onshore flow will result in minor coastal flooding near times of
high tide through tonight for most areas and into Friday
morning for sensitive areas. Coastal Flood Headlines are in
effect during this time. Moderate flooding is possible at
Straits point...but confidence is too low for a warning at this
point since the flow will turn west of south this evening.

Tidal anomalies should decrease rapidly later Friday due to
strengthening west to northwest flow.


DC...Coastal Flood Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for DCZ001.
MD...Coastal Flood Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for MDZ014-
     Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 PM EDT this evening for MDZ016.
     Coastal Flood Watch late tonight for MDZ017.
     Coastal Flood Advisory until 2 AM EDT Friday for MDZ017.
VA...Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 PM EDT this evening for VAZ057.
     Coastal Flood Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for VAZ054.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 8 PM this evening to 6 PM EDT Friday
     for ANZ530-531-536-538-539.
     Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EDT Friday for ANZ532>534-537-
     Small Craft Advisory from 6 AM to 6 PM EDT Friday for ANZ535.


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