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000 FXUS61 KLWX 201814 AFDLWX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 214 PM EDT Wed Sep 20 2017 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure both at the surface and aloft will build overhead through the weekend. The remnants of Jose may affect the area early next week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... Upper-level ridge axis remains overhead this afternoon while an upper-level disturbance approaches from the west. A few popup showers have developed over the Potomac Highlands into the central Shenandoah Valley due to limited instability associated with the upper-level disturbance. However...coverage remains isolated to widely scattered. Elsewhere...sunshine is expected through late this afternoon along with unseasonably warm conditions. Max temps will be in the mid to upper 80s across most locations. High pressure both at the surface and aloft will build over the region as the upper-level disturbance shifts to the south tonight. Patchy fog will again be a concern. More mild conditions are expected with min temps ranging from the mid to upper 50s in the colder valleys of the Potomac the lower and middle 60s across most other near 70 in downtown Washington and Baltimore. && .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... High pressure both at the surface and aloft will remain over the region Thursday through Friday night. More dry and warm conditions are expected with max temps in the 80s for most locations and min temps generally ranging from mid to upper 50s in colder valleys to 60s across most other locations. A light flow with high pressure overhead will allow for patchy fog during the overnight and early morning hours each day. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Lots of uncertainty in long term forecast due to Jose and Maria. The 20/12Z GFS deterministic and GEFS show the remnants of Jose and an inverted trough associated with this system extending westward into our area later on Sunday through Monday...possibly bringing unsettled conditions to our area during this time. Official NHC Maria forecast is still south of 35N latitude at Mon 25/12Z, so much uncertainty as WPC surface front/SLP forecast has it remaining well off the coast; and the 20/12Z GEFS does keep 24-hour rainfall totals greater than 0.1 inches east of our forecast area. Otherwise, the 12Z MEX keeps max and min temps about 10 degrees above normal for the entire long term, with max temperatures generally in the mid 80s and min temps in the mid 60s, except cooler at higher elevations. && .AVIATION /18Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... High pressure will build over the terminals through Friday night. Patchy fog is possible during the overnight and early morning hours each day...but much of the time will end up with VFR conditions. Low chances of sub-VFR conditions through long term period. && .MARINE... High pressure will build over the waters through Friday night. Winds should remain below SCA criteria through Friday. A weak pressure surge may cause north to northwest winds to channel down the Bay Friday night. Confidence for an SCA is low at this time. Low chances of marine advisories or warnings through long term period. && .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... Water piled up near the mouth of the Bay from Jose over the past couple days. Those anomalies have spread across the Bay and Tidal Potomac River. Anomalies over 1 foot above normal remain across the entire Bay and Potomac elevated water levels are likely to continue for at least the next couple tide cycles through late tonight...despite an offshore flow. Coastal Flood Advisories are in effect from Baltimore southward along the Bay and across the upper Tidal Potomac River. A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for St Marys County where moderate flooding is expected. Coastal Flood Advisories may need to be extended through the high tide cycles Thursday and Friday since the offshore flow will be light and it will be tough for water to recede. Elevated water levels are likely during the weekend through the early portion of next week. The remnants of Jose may cause an elevated threat for tidal flooding early next week. && .LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... DC...Coastal Flood Advisory until midnight EDT tonight for DCZ001. MD...Coastal Flood Advisory until 7 AM EDT Thursday for MDZ018. Coastal Flood Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for MDZ011. Coastal Flood Advisory until 9 AM EDT Thursday for MDZ014. Coastal Flood Advisory until 7 PM EDT this evening for MDZ016. Coastal Flood Warning until 7 PM EDT this evening for MDZ017. VA...Coastal Flood Advisory until 7 PM EDT this evening for VAZ057. Coastal Flood Advisory until midnight EDT tonight for VAZ054. WV...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...BJL NEAR TERM...BJL SHORT TERM...BJL LONG TERM...Lee AVIATION...BJL/Lee MARINE...BJL/Lee TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING...BJL is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.