Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KLWX 110230
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
930 PM EST Sat Dec 10 2016
High pressure will drift east overhead rest of tonight before
moving off the Mid-Atlantic coast Sunday morning. A warm front
will move into and lift north Sunday followed by a cold front
pushing east Monday. High pressure will briefly move over the area
Tuesday into early Wednesday before the next reinforcing cold
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH SUNDAY/...
As of 9pm, a 1034mb surface high is centered over the area. Enough
gradient for 10mph winds exists over Baltimore. Low pressure is
spilling over the Front Range in Colorado with an associated warm
front currently stretching east to the Midwest. A swath of snow
along this front stretches WNW from central IN.
This snow over the Midwest is a focus for precip tonight. The
southern edge of this swath will enter the NWrn section of the CWA
tonight and likely bring light snow accumulations north from a
line from Grant County WV to Frederick County MD. Cannot not rule
out some flurries south of this line, but it is notably dry
tonight. It appears the most likely location for up to an inch
will be near Frostburg/Cumberland. The most likely period for snow
will be 2-10 AM.
As the warm front lifts northward, the remainder of Sunday should
be dry but relatively cloudy. The clouds will help hold
temperatures down in the mid 30s to lower 40s.
.SHORT TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
The Sunday night-Monday morning time frame remains a tricky
forecast due to uncertainty in surface temperatures and areal
coverage of precipitation while temperatures are potentially below
freezing. It is beginning to appear that moisture arriving from
the west won`t arrive until late evening or later. By that time, a
strong low level jet will be advecting much warmer air aloft,
meaning only a brief chance of seeing snow or sleet. In addition,
there will be some moisture advection off the Atlantic. The NAM
spreads light precipitation much farther west into the Piedmont,
which would pose a concern due to near-freezing temperatures. Have
discounted this solution for now as it appears to be an outlier.
The best chance for a period of freezing remains west of the Blue
Ridge and perhaps near the PA border. Temperatures will likely
slowly rise through the night since southerly flow will already be
established...the question is just how quickly. The chance of
freezing rain will linger longest across northwestern parts of the
Rain will gradually continue eastward across the area on Monday.
Since the rain will persist the longest east of the Blue Ridge,
in-situ cold air damming may linger, as indicated in raw NAM/GFS
temperature guidance. Trended high temperatures down into the 40s
in this area. A weak cold front will clear away any lingering rain
by sunset. Precipitation may end briefly as snow along the
Allegheny Front. High pressure will build in Monday night,
although clouds may be slow to clear.
.LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
A powerful (180-knot) jet streak at 250 mb will intersect an Arctic
front sagging through the area Wednesday. With fast westerly flow
and not a ton of moisture, areas most likely to see precipitation
would be the western ridges of the Allegheny Front as well as the
southeastern half of the CWA (near and S&E of I-95), with perhaps a
bit of a minimum in between. Temperature profiles aloft would
support mostly or all snow, but surface temperatures during the
early to middle afternoon may not allow much in the way of
accumulation at the lower elevations at the onset. As both the
background airmass and surface temperatures cool with sunset, any
snow that is left falling may begin to stick. For now the trend in
the guidance appears to be a bit quicker with a little less
precipitation, but with such an energetic jet coupled with the time
of day and rapidly cooling airmass, conditions will need to be
closely monitored for wintry precipitation impacts.
Another round of Arctic air tumbles into the region behind the front
Thursday into Friday with model forecasts showing 850 mb
temperatures dropping into the -16 to -20 C range. This would result
in daytime highs struggling to get much above freezing across most
of the area Thursday and Friday with overnight lows in the teens and
20s. This is about 15 degrees below normal, but not quite to record
levels for this time of year.
Most Arctic airmasses do not depart peacefully, and as such another
storm system approaching from the south and west may bring a shot at
wintry precipitation again by next weekend.
.AVIATION /02Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
VFR conditions expected through Sunday. Chance for light
snow/flurries at MRB late tonight into Sunday morning, but should
not result in significant impacts. Clouds Sunday morning with
Cigs around 5kft across the DC metros.
MVFR to IFR conditions will develop Sunday night as the next storm
system develops. A period of freezing rain or sleet is most likely
at MRB but uncertain. At this time, precipitation appears to be
rain at the other terminals, but temperature forecasts will need
to be monitored. LLWS may also be an issue late Sunday night. Rain
and associated impacts continue for much of daytime Monday.
Uncertain how quickly clouds will clear out Monday evening.
Mainly VFR expected Tuesday into Wednesday as high
pressure noses into the region with light northerly flow expected.
Winds continue to ease tonight as high pressure shifts overhead
before drifting offshore Sunday morning. Southerly flow increases
Sunday afternoon, and have gone ahead and issued a SCA for most of
the MD Chesapeake Bay and lower Potomac. However, mixing becomes a
little more uncertain Sunday night. SCA conditions will probably
continue for portions of the waters Monday and Monday night as a
cold front crosses.
High pressure is expected to ridge over the waters Tuesday
into Wednesday which would result in light winds below Small Craft
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 3 PM Sunday to 6 AM EST Monday for