Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA
FXUS61 KLWX 130142
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
842 PM EST Sun Feb 12 2017
Low pressure will rapidly strengthen near New England tonight
and Monday. High pressure will briefly return Tuesday. Another
cold front will pass through Wednesday. High pressure will
return for late in the week.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH MONDAY/...
Current surface analysis shows one low pressure center southeast
of Long Island and another east of Lake Ontario. The first cold
front has moved southeast of the area, although the airmass
change has been rather minimal, and so far winds have not been
exceptionally strong (most gusty where the "warm sector" was
today). The second front is currently moving through
southwestern PA with an associated line of convective showers
and embedded storms. While guidance has this line weakening east
of the mountains, the RAP and HRRR hold onto a broken line of
showers crossing the northeastern half of the area. Have
increased POPs to chance, but will need to monitor trends. If
the showers remain organized enough, they could continue to pose
a gusty wind threat.
For the rest of the night, the main story is the two systems in
the Northeast and Great Lakes. They will phase near New
England, resulting in one large and explosively deepening low
pressure which will result in very gusty winds across our
region. For the northern part of the area, the first strong wind
surge will occur with/behind the second cold front late this
evening. The main concern over the next couple of hours is if
the eastern segment of wind headlines will need to start earlier
than 11 PM. Besides the threat right along the front, winds may
not mix efficiently during the night, but any lull will not be
long enough or diminished enough to change headlines.
Upslope flow will also result in rain showers changing to snow
showers along the Allegheny Front. Right now, think that
accumulations will likely stay just below advisory levels, so
have not issued any winter weather headlines, but an inch or
two, perhaps an isolated total of 3, is certainly expected
Right now, best wind surge across the metro may occur during
the morning Monday after the sun comes up, when winds aloft will
remain very strong (50-60 kts) and mixing increases with
insolation. As winds slowly diminish during the day, gusts
should start to drop off, but gusts to 40 knots or more are
still likely most of the day especially around the metros.
Otherwise, it should turn out mostly sunny as high pressure
slowly builds in, with cooler temperatures. Highs mostly in the
40s with colder readings in the mountains.
.SHORT TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/...
High pressure continues building in from the west Monday night
and pushes past the region to our south on Tuesday, so winds
will steadily diminish. Low pressure will then start approaching
from both the southwest and Great Lakes, so clouds will start
to increase later Tuesday. Some showers of rain or snow may
spread into northwestern areas Tuesday night with the Great
Lakes system, while rain could try to push into southern areas.
Right now however, Tuesday night looks dry across most of the
region, with lows mostly in the 30s.
.LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
A cold front associated with low pressure over northern New
England will move through the Mid-Atlantic Wednesday. Rain
showers are possible ahead of the front but will likely be
confined to the south. Cold air advection will move into the
region behind the front and snow showers will be possible across
the Allegheny Front and Potomac Highlands. Breezy and cool
conditions expected Thursday into Thursday night. High pressure
builds into the region briefly Thursday night and winds will
become southerly into Friday causing temperatures to turn mild
.AVIATION /01Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
Ceilings have lifted with the first front having pushed through
the area. However, winds are slow to increase, especially where
conditions were more stable today. That will change in the next
few hours as a second cold fronts crosses the area. TAFs still
show a gradual ramp up of winds to the morning, but it may be a
strong surge with the front (possibly accompanied by showers), a
lull, then a second surge after sunrise as mixing increases.
A few gusts to near 50 knots will be possible at most terminals
(CHO being the main exception where 35 knots is more likely),
but for the most part am expecting 35-45 knots. Winds diminish
Monday night with light winds Tuesday.
Ceiling and visibility flight restrictions not expected Wednesday-
Developing strong low pressure will bring Storm Force Winds to
much of the bay and Gales to the remainder of the waters tonight
and Monday. Winds are rather benign at the moment but will
rapidly increase as a second cold front arrives late evening or
just after midnight. If showers hold together, they may have the
gustiest winds. Am not seeing a gradient wind threat to expand
the Storm Warning, so if showers maintain organization, SMWs
would be required on the southern MD waters if 50 kt are
expected. Winds will begin to diminish Monday afternoon with
sub-SCA looking likely by Tuesday.
A cold front will cross the waters Wednesday leading to a wind
shift. SCA conditions are likely Wednesday-Thursday.
RH may drop below 30% with sustained winds of 20-30 mph in the
central VA Piedmont and central/southern Shenandoah Valley on
Monday afternoon. However, fuel moisture is above 10% for most
of the area, precluding a fire weather threat.
Strong northwest winds will develop behind a cold front late
this evening and these winds will persist through Monday. Tidal
blowout conditions are likely...especially late tonight and
Monday with anomalies around 1 to 2 feet below normal possible.
DC...High Wind Warning until 6 PM EST Monday for DCZ001.
MD...High Wind Warning until 3 PM EST Monday for MDZ501.
Wind Advisory until 3 PM EST Monday for MDZ003-502.
Wind Advisory until 6 PM EST Monday for MDZ016-017.
High Wind Warning until 6 PM EST Monday for MDZ004>006-011-013-
VA...High Wind Warning until 3 PM EST Monday for VAZ025-026-503-504-
Wind Advisory until 3 PM EST Monday for VAZ027>031.
Wind Advisory until 3 PM EST Monday for VAZ038>040-051-057.
Wind Advisory until 6 PM EST Monday for VAZ052-055-501-502.
High Wind Warning until 6 PM EST Monday for VAZ053-054-505-506.
WV...High Wind Warning until 3 PM EST Monday for WVZ501>503-505-506.
Wind Advisory until 3 PM EST Monday for WVZ050>053-055-504.
MARINE...Storm Warning until 6 PM EST Monday for ANZ530>533-535-538>541.
Gale Warning until 6 PM EST Monday for ANZ534-536-537-542-543.