Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KOKX 040247
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service New York NY
947 PM EST Sat Dec 3 2016
High pressure builds slowly over the area overnight and Sunday.
The high drifts east Sunday night as a weak low approaches Sunday
night and moves through the region Monday. High pressure Monday
night into early Tuesday quickly gives way to to low pressure
passing well south of our region on Wednesday. A rather strong
cold front passes through on Thursday bring unseasonably cold
weather for Friday into the weekend a well as strong gusty winds.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SUNDAY MORNING/...
Mostly cloudy skies noted per IR, so updated forecasts reflectthis.
These clouds along with the persistent winds have resulted in
slight higher temps, so upped readings slightly.
Surface high pressure builds into the area from the west as low
pressure departs to the east. Winds will be slowly subsiding as
the pressure gradient force weakens. An upper ridge builds toward
the area tonight with rising heights and increasing subsidence.
As this ridge builds, still do expect clouds to scatter as the
.SHORT TERM /6 AM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY/...
Made some adjustments to snow and temperatures for Monday AM to
correct for some grid manipulation tool artifacts.
Probabilistic Snow Forecasts are at: weather.gov/nyc/winter
The upper ridge builds over the area through Sunday then quickly
weakens as a northern stream shortwave and vort max rotate into
the region. Much of the energy and lift with this trough will
remain to the north of the area, through upstate New York and New
England. As the ridge weakens limited moisture will be moving into
the area. Lift will be increasing in response to the onset of weak
warm advection. The atmosphere will be cold enough across much of
the area for light snow with a mix of light rain and snow along
the coast. Snow becomes increasing likely as the snow growth
region becomes saturated Sunday night and then the mid and lower
levels cool as the result of precipitation evaporating. Even along
the coast the lower levels will cool and much of the column will
be below freezing that the precipitation types are expected to be
dominated by snow and possibly rain along the immediate coast.
Have increased probabilities to likely late Sunday night and into
Monday as the shortwave moves through the area.
Warmer air does begin to move in Monday morning, however this may
take longer than models are indicating, and will keep snow until
late in the morning. Minor accumulations are possible Monday, 1
1/2 inches across the lower Hudson Valley and a few tenths along
As the wave passes Monday and height builds the precipitation ends.
.LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...
A rather complex period upcoming with two more systems.
1. First system is from the upper low currently over the Gulf of
California. The upper low will weaken dramatically into a minor
shortwave that passes the region Tuesday Evening. NWP has
uncertainty in timing. 12Z NAM appears too fast compared to the 12Z
GEFS and the 12Z Deterministic runs for the International Centers.
Have gone with a very low POP for Tuesday AFTN as a result of this
Light PCPN becomes likely Tuesday Night...but QPF is < 0.1". Have
kept PCPN all liquid based on profile analysis which has the
freezing level up at 6000` over the interior.
2. Next is the Gulf of Alaska low that appears initialized in the
the NWP models a little south of actuality based on Water Vapor
imagery. The feature deepens the midwest upper trof on Wednesday and
eventually drives a cold front through the local region on Thursday.
There is uncertainty in how strong the cyclogenesis is over the
Atlantic/Maritimes on Friday and the resultant strength of the CAA
and pressure gradient. For example the 00Z EC and 12Z EC differed
by 20mb (the more recent is weaker).
For now, have gone with highs near MOS (which may be too warm) and
wind gusts of 25-35 mph (which may be too low). Wind chills get down
into the teens Friday night and stay in the 20s most of Saturday.
Showers on Thursday diminishes in the evening. Flurries for
.AVIATION /03Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
VFR conditions and NW flow through the TAF period as high pressure
builds into the area. BKN-OVC 5-6 kft ceilings will scatter
overnight. Few clouds are expected Sunday.
Expect NW winds to slowly diminish, and any gusts become much less
frequent. NW flow continues through the day on Sunday at around
10 kt before diminishing toward evening. Wind direction at the
city terminals will remain to the right of 310 magnetic through
the day Sunday.
.OUTLOOK FOR 00Z MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY...
.Sunday night...VFR in the evening, then MVFR possible after
midnight in light snow interior, or wintry mix near the coast.
.Monday...Rain/snow mix possible early with MVFR possible in the
morning, then VFR.
.Tuesday...VFR early, then MVFR possible with a chance of light rain.
.Tuesday night-Wednesday...IFR in drizzle and light rain.
.Thursday...MVFR possible with a chance of rain.
Will let SCA end across non ocean waters as winds diminish.
The advisory remains in effect for the ocean waters through the
remainder of the night for borderline winds and seas.
With high pressure over the waters Sunday and into Sunday night,
and with a weak low moving through Monday winds and seas will be
sub small craft.
Relatively tranquil conditions on the local waters for Monday night
into Thursday. A cold front passing through on Thursday and will
set the stage for potential Gales for all waters on Friday into
Saturday. Outlook has been issued.
No hydrologic impacts are anticipated the next 7 days.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EST Sunday for ANZ350-353-355.