Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KLWX 280852 AFDLWX AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 352 AM EST WED JAN 28 2015 .SYNOPSIS...
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HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVERHEAD THROUGH TONIGHT BEFORE MOVING OFF THE COAST THURSDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA THURSDAY NIGHT AND HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD IN BEHIND THIS SYSTEM FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. LOW PRESSURE WILL IMPACT THE REGION SUNDAY INTO MONDAY.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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UPPER LEVEL TROUGH ASSOCIATED WITH COASTAL LOW PRESSURE OVER NEW ENGLAND WILL PULL AWAY FROM THE REGION TODAY. IN ITS WAKE...HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD INTO THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC FROM THE WEST. THE GRADEINT BETWEEN THE TWO SYSTEMS WILL CREATE SOME BREEZY CONDITIONS MAINLY EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE TODAY. COLD TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN EVEN WITH ABUNDANT SUNSHINE. AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL ONLY REACH THE 20S AND 30S ACROSS THE FOECAST AREA. WINDS WILL DIMINISH AROUND OR SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET AND WITH MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES TO START THE NIGHT...TEMPERATURES WILL FALL OFF QUICKLY. OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE LOW TO MID TEENS CAN BE EXPECTED IN MOST LOCATIONS EXCEPT UPPER TEENS TO LOWER 20S OVER THE METRO AREAS AND BAY COMMUNITIES.
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&& .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
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CLOUDS WILL BE ON THE INCREASE THURSDAY MORNING AS THE NEXT CLIPPER SYSTEM APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. IT APPEARS MORE LIKELY FOR THIS CLIPPER TO PASS TO THE NORTH OF OUR REGION LATER THURSDAY BUT NONETHELESS THERE WILL BE A CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION DURING THE DAY. MARGINAL TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN PLACE AS THE PRECIPITATION MOVES IN. UPSLOPE SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE WESTERN SLOPES OF THE ALLEGHENY FRONT. TO THE EAST...TEMPERATURES WILL BE A BIT MILDER AND WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE POTENTIAL FOR A WINTRY MIX OF RAIN/SNOW DURING THE DAY GENERALLY N AND W OF WASHINGTON DC. AREAS TO THE SOUTH WILL SEE MOSTLY LIQUID. THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY REGARDING P-TYPES. EITHER WAY...QPF WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL BE LIGHT. AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S NORTH AND UPPER 30S SOUTH WILL BE COMMON. LOW PRESSURE WILL PASS BY TO THE NORTH THURSDAY NIGHT WHILE THE COLD FRONT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM MOVES THROUGH OUR AREA. MOST OF THE DYNAMICS WILL REMAIN WELL TO OUR NORTH...BUT THERE CAN BE A PERIOD OF LIGHT PRECIPITATION THURSDAY EVENING AHEAD OF THE FRONT. THE BEST CHANCE FOR WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL BE ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE CWA...CLOSER TO THE MASON-DIXON LINE WHERE PRECIPITATION IS MOST LIKELY AND TEMPS WILL BE NEAR FREEZING. THE FRONT WILL MOVE OFF TO THE EAST OVERNIGHT THURSDAY AND NORTHWEST WINDS WILL USHER A RETURN OF COLD AND DRIER CONDITIONS. HOWEVER...UPSLOPE SNOW SHOWERS ARE LIKELY ALONG AND WEST OF THE ALLEGHENY FRONT.
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&& .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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HIGH PRESSURE WILL APPROACH FROM THE WEST FRIDAY WHILE LOW PRESSURE INTENSIFIES OFF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST. THE UPPER-LEVEL LOW ASSOCIATED WITH THE SURFACE LOW WILL REMAIN TO OUR NORTH...BUT SHORTWAVE ENERGY WILL SWING THROUGH OUR AREA DURING THIS TIME. THE PRESSURE GRADIENT BETWEEN THE LOW OFF NEW ENGLAND AND THE APPROACHING HIGH WILL BE QUITE STRONG...RESULTING IN GUSTY WINDS. WIND GUSTS AROUND 45 TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME. THE GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE STRONG COLD ADVECTION AND THIS MAY COMBINE WITH THE SHORTWAVE ENERGY TO BRING A FEW SNOW SHOWERS. DO FEEL THAT THE AIRMASS WILL BE TOO DRY FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS MOST AREAS. HOWEVER...THERE MAY BE ENOUGH INSTABILITY FOR A FEW BURSTS OF HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS THAT COULD LEAVE A QUICK COATING ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES. THE BEST CHANCE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN WOULD BE ACROSS NORTHERN MARYLAND INTO THE EASTERN PANHANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA...CLOSER TO THE SHORTWAVE ENERGY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVERHEAD FRIDAY NIGHT AND GUSTY WINDS FRIDAY EVENING WILL DIMINISH OVERNIGHT. HOWEVER...IT WILL BE QUITE COLD WITH MIN TEMPS RANGING FROM THE SINGLE DIGITS IN NORTHERN MARYLAND TO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE TEENS IN WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE. THE HIGH WILL REMAIN IN PLACE SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...BRINGING DRY AND COLD CONDITIONS. LOW PRESSURE WILL LIKELY IMPACT THE AREA SUNDAY INTO MONDAY...BRINGING THE NEXT SIGNIFICANT CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION. THIS SYSTEM MAY CUT TO OUR WEST UP THE APPALACHIANS...AND IF IT DOES THERE WILL BE WARMER AIR THAT GETS DRAWN INTO THE SYSTEM. THIS WOULD CAUSE RAIN OR A WINTRY MIX...DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH LOW-LEVEL COLD AIR REMAINS IN PLACE. THESE DETAILS REMAIN HIGHLY UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME SO PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST FORECASTS FOR UPDATES. HIGH PRESSURE WILL RETURN FOR THE MIDDLE PORTION OF NEXT WEEK WITH DRY AND COLD CONDITIONS.
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&& .AVIATION /08Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY INTO TONIGHT. CLOUDS WILL INCREASE FROM WEST TO EAST ON THURSDAY. SUB-VFR CIGS AND VSBYS EXPECTED WITH A LIGHT WINTRY MIX OF RAIN/SNOW AT LEAST FOR KMRB...KBWI...KMTN...KIAD DURING THE DAY. A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH THE TERMINALS THURSDAY NIGHT. GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY EVENING. GUSTS AROUND 40 KNOTS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE TERMINALS LATER FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT...CAUSING WINDS TO DIMINISH. LOW PRESSURE WILL LIKELY IMPACT THE TERMINALS EARLY NEXT WEEK.
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&& .MARINE...
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SOLID SMALL CRAFT CONDITIONS EXPECTED MUCH OF TODAY INTO TONIGHT. A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PASS BY TO THE NORTH ON THURSDAY. THE GRADIENT IS EXPECTED TO TIGHTEN LATER IN THE DAY WITH SMALL CRAFT CONDITIONS ONCE AGAIN EXPECTED THURSDAY MIDDAY THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS. SOME LIGHT RAIN/SNOW MAY ALSO BE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY OVER THE UPPER PORTION OF THE BAY WITH RAIN SOUTH. A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH THE TERMINALS THURSDAY NIGHT. A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED FOR THE WATERS. STRONGER NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. A GALE WARNING MAY BE NEEDED FOR THE WATERS DURING THIS TIME. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVERHEAD LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. WINDS WILL DIMINISH. LOW PRESSURE WILL LIKELY IMPACT THE WATERS EARLY NEXT WEEK.
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&& .LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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DC...NONE. MD...NONE. VA...NONE. WV...NONE. MARINE...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT FOR ANZ530>534- 537>543. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FROM 1 PM TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY FOR ANZ530>534-538>543. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR ANZ535- 536.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...BJL NEAR TERM...KRW SHORT TERM...BJL/KRW LONG TERM...BJL AVIATION...BJL/KRW MARINE...BJL/KRW

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