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000 FXUS61 KOKX 132040 AFDOKX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service New York NY 340 PM EST Wed Dec 13 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Strong low pressure continues moving into the Canadian Maritimes tonight as a Clipper low approaches from the west. This low quickly moves south of Long Island Thursday morning and offshore Thursday afternoon. High pressure builds from the west Thursday night. A series of weak low pressure and frontal systems will pass through Friday through early next week, with high pressure building between each. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/... Unseasonably cold weather will continue with our next accumulating snow occurring late tonight into Thursday morning. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Long Island beginning 3 AM and ending at 10 AM on Thursday. A special weather statement has been issued elsewhere, which highlights lower snow accumulation. Some impacts to the morning commute are anticipated, especially in the advisory area as temperatures during the early morning hours will be in the upper teens inland and lower to middle 20s closer to the coast. Winds will be subsiding this evening has the pressure gradient weakens between low pressure systems. Mostly clear skies will start the night, but will quickly become mostly cloudy to overcast as the clipper low fast approaches from the west. Already beginning to see light echoes in western PA as warm advection commences there. This warm advection is progged to to start in the middle levels after 03z west of the Hudson River and 05-06z east of the Hudson River. Light snow will overspread the region from west to east with this warm advection. Main vort max associated with the clipper will swing around the base of the mean upper trough and enhance lift, especially 09z-12z. The surface low translates south of the area during this time, which could help to enhance snowfall on Long Island. These features quickly translate east as the upper trough, vort max, and surface low move offshore 13-15z. Lift all also be maximized in the dendritic growth zone between 750 and 900 mb from around 09z to 13z across eastern Long Island. Models have continued to come into better agreement with the above scenario with the biggest uncertainty lies within the mesoscale details, mainly across Long Island. Latest thinking is for around a tenth of an inch of liquid across the interior, increasing to around two tenths across Long Island. There may be a shadow effect over NYC and NE NJ as the surface low moves downslope of the higher terrain to the west. For snowfall accumulation, 2 to 3 inches are forecast in the advisory area across Long Island with 1 to 2 inches elsewhere. There could be locally higher amounts with any enhancement or banding on Long Island, so it would not be surprising if a few spots reach closer to 4 inches. SREF plumes, NAM, NAM-3km, and HRRR all support this forecast thinking. The snow should be a higher ratio, powdery snow, potentially around 15:1 near the coast and 17-18:1 across the interior. The snow ends on the east end around 15z with skies quickly clearing from west to east. It will become breezy as high pressure builds in from the west Thursday afternoon. Highs well below normal in the upper 20s and lower 30s are forecast. && .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT/... High pressure settles over the Tri-State Thursday night. With light winds, mostly clear skies, cold airmass, and some snowpack on the ground, temperatures should bottom out in the lower teens inland and middle and upper teens elsewhere. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... First upper shortwave in a progressive pattern dives across the Great Lakes region Friday. Sfc low passes across the Great Lakes region as offshore low develops well southeast of the area late Friday and Friday night out ahead of the shortwave energy. Some light snow is possible, with the bulk of the associated QPF remaining offshore, and to our NW, closer to the inland parent low. This shortwave passes Saturday as ridge builds, and remains in control through much of the weekend. Thereafter, the forecast is much more uncertain. Downstream shortwave begins to make eastward progresses as ridge flattens. Weak PVA noted in fast zonal flow approaching area Sunday night, which could trigger some light precip. Then, operational ECMWF remains a fast and stronger outlier as this mid west shortwave moves east. This would result in higher precip chances Monday when compared to GFS and Canadian NH. For Tuesday, northern stream shortwave approaches, with GFS picking up the mid west shortwave as well, about 24 hours after ECMWF. All in all, minimal chance for precip is forecast Monday through Tuesday, and possibly into Wednesday, but still plenty of time to iron out the details. Chilly temperatures Friday and Saturday gradually warm closer to normal as zonal flow or weak ridging develops. && .AVIATION /21Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... VFR into this evening as weak high pressure briefly slides across, then IFR vsby in light snow expected after midnight tonight into mid morning Thu as low pressure passes just to the south. W winds 20-25 kt with gusts 30-35 kt should continue until around 22Z-23Z, gradually diminish this evening, and then back WSW as the weak high briefly passes across and before snow starts. Winds should become mainly light and variable overnight with the arrival of the snow, then after the low passes (close to 11Z-12Z Thu NYC metro) become NW and gradually increase, with gusts close to 20 kt likely at the NYC metros by late morning. ...NY Metro Enhanced Aviation Weather Support... Detailed information, including hourly TAF wind component fcsts, can be found at: http:/ KJFK TAF Comments: Snow accumulation 1-2 inches after midnight tonight into mid morning Thu. KLGA TAF Comments: Snow accumulation 1-2 inches after midnight tonight into mid morning Thu. KEWR TAF Comments: Snow accumulation 1-2 inches after midnight tonight into mid morning Thu. KTEB TAF Comments: Snow accumulation 1-2 inches after midnight tonight into mid morning Thu. KHPN TAF Comments: Snow accumulation 1-2 inches late tonight into mid morning Thu. KISP TAF Comments: Snow accumulation 2-3 inches late tonight into mid morning Thu. .OUTLOOK FOR 18Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY... .Thursday afternoon and night...VFR with NW winds G20-25KT, just right of 310 magnetic, diminishing during the evening. .Friday and Friday night...VFR. .Saturday-Saturday night...VFR. WNW winds G25KT daytime and G15-20KT evening. .Sunday...VFR. .Sunday night and Monday...MVFR or lower flight cat possible in snow/rain. && .MARINE... Gales on all waters will continue into this evening. Sustained winds and gusts will subside through the night. The Gale Warning on the western LI Sound, South Shore Bays, and NY Harbor goes through 6pm and the rest of the waters now goes through 11pm. A brief SCA may be needed following the Gale Warning on all waters for a portion of the night, and on the ocean into the morning hours due to seas remaining above 5 ft. Gusts should increase again on Thursday behind departing Clipper low. SCA gusts are possible on the ocean, but seas should remain at or above 5 ft through Thursday night. On Friday, high pressure builds and passes east. Light winds and tranquil seas are expected as a result. Low pressure develops Friday night just east of the waters and deepens as it departs Saturday, with increasing westerly winds, and building seas expected behind it. Winds abate and seas subside as high pressure builds Saturday night through Sunday. Some uncertainty in the forecast exists for Monday as a frontal system could impact the waters. However, will forecast sub SCA winds this time frame as this scenario remains in question. Seas remain under 5 ft. && .HYDROLOGY... No significant hydrologic impacts expected. && .EQUIPMENT... NYC NOAA Weather Radio Station KWO-35 (162.55 MHz) is off the air for an extended period of time. && .OKX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. NY...Winter Weather Advisory from 3 AM to 10 AM EST Thursday for NYZ078>081-177-179. NJ...None. MARINE...Gale Warning until 6 PM EST this evening for ANZ335-338-345. Gale Warning until 10 PM EST this evening for ANZ330-340-350- 353-355. && $$ SYNOPSIS...DS/PW NEAR TERM...DS SHORT TERM...DS LONG TERM...PW AVIATION...Goodman MARINE...DS/PW HYDROLOGY...DS/PW EQUIPMENT... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.