Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KOKX 040921
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service New York NY
421 AM EST Sun Dec 4 2016
High pressure approaches from the west today and passes east of
the area late tonight. A weak frontal system will then move
through on Monday. High pressure briefly returns for Monday night
into early Tuesday, before giving way to low pressure passing well
south of our region Tuesday night into Wednesday. A rather strong
cold front passes through on Thursday bringing unseasonably cold
weather for Friday into the weekend a well as strong gusty winds.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
Ridging both aloft and at the surface approaches from the west
today with a gradually diminishing NW flow. Skies will clear over
the next few hours as clouds continue to erode. Highs will top out
in the lower to mid 40s, which is a few degrees below normal.
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
A fast moving, nearly zonal flow across the northern half of the
country will send an upper trough over the Upper Midwest across
the Great Lakes tonight and then up into eastern Canada and
northern New England on Monday. Large scale warm advection
ahead of this system and preceding a surface warm front will
result in a quick shot of light overrunning precipitation late
tonight into Monday morning. Vertical temperature profiles support
mainly light snow inland and a rain/snow mix initially at the
coast. A weak return flow should result in the boundary layer
warming with a quick changeover to all rain at the coast by
daybreak, and by late morning inland. Only looking for about a
tenth of an inch of liquid with temperatures generally above
freezing at the coast, and around freezing across the interior.
About an inch of snow is possible well inland, with perhaps a
a tenth of two across coastal locations outside of the NYC metro.
Some limiting factors for this event are a dry sub cloud layer at
the onset, and then drying aloft in the snow growth region as the
Be alert for some slippery road conditions during the Monday
morning rush for interior locations.
Conditions will quickly dry out by early Monday afternoon with
clearing from west to east by early evening. Highs will be
seasonable in the 40s.
High pressure then briefly returns for Monday night.
.LONG TERM /TUESDAY 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. The 00z NAM still appears too fast compared
to the GEFS and deterministic runs. Have maintained low chances
for rain Tuesday afternoon.
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. 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 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 /09Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
VFR conditions through the TAF period as high pressure builds across
the area. BKN-OVC 4-6 kft ceilings are expected to scatter by
Expect NW winds to continue through the day before turning to the N
late and diminishing further. Wind direction at the city terminals
will remain to the right of 310 magnetic. Winds speeds around 10-12
kt this morning will diminish into the afternoon.
.OUTLOOK FOR 06Z MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY...
.Late tonight...MVFR, locally IFR, in light snow interior, with a
rain/snow mix near the coast.
.Monday...Light snow inland with rain at coast early. MVFR and local
IFR 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.
With high pressure over the waters today into tonight, and with a
weak frontal system 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.