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000 FXUS61 KPBZ 190551 AFDPBZ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 151 AM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Generally warm and humid conditions will prevail for the next week across the area. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/... Easterly boundary layer flow bringing maritime air farther west toward the ridges has allowed for the blossoming of stratocumulus along the eastern slopes of the CWA tonight. This has also allowed for dewpoints to start to tick up in the rest of the CWA as an even more dank boundary layer flows westward. Local dewpoints have been surging into the low to mid 60s across the area as a result. If clear skies were in the cards like the last couple of nights, this would likely mean abundant fog, however the situation is a bit different over the next 12 hours or so. High clouds are starting to slowly advance eastward into eastern Ohio vis-a-vis convective blow off. The wave responsible for this convection to our west will be rapidly weakening as it drives into the teeth of the resident high pressure over the area over the next day or so. Multi-model projections suggest some showers should wander into central Ohio by Tuesday afternoon, however east of there the ridge should hold sway fairly convincingly. Thus, realistically almost the entirety of our area should remains largely dry other than a renegade shower that would try to develop given the moist boundary layer in place. With said moist boundary layer, while away from the high clouds that are advancing into Ohio, we have clear skies through sunrise outside of the foggy valley locations, once again destructive sunshine will result in abundant cumulus development. Thus, cumulus over the eastern CWA and high clouds in Ohio will yield no better than partly sunny skies anywhere in the CWA by afternoon. However, given a very warm start and continued warm advection off the deck, highs should largely rise back into the 80s for most locations. Fries && .SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... The main weather impacts of the entire forecast reside in this time period. The ever slow moving cold front dissipates, however a mid level shortwave trough crosses the region Wednesday. With dewpoints still in the 60s, associated mid level cooling, and daytime heating, scattered showers are possible during the afternoon and evening over parts of eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, and the mountains of West Virginia/ Maryland. There is enough of a consensus from several operation models and hints with low probability of a hundredth of an inch from ensembles to include pops in the forecast over the aforementioned location. Any activity will wane with the loss of heating Wednesday night. 588dm H5 anti-cyclone re-establishes itself over the mid atlantic. Despite a northerly trajectory of low level air, daytime highs Thursday won`t cool off and we will keep our 80F streak alive at most locations. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... Highlights: - Continued Above Normal Temps - No Rain Predicted - Ten Straight Days above 80F+ /16th-25th/ possible @ PIT Mid level ridging remains in place over the eastern United States, as it will be for most of the work week. This brings a broken record forecast of patchy predawn fog especially in deeper valleys giving way to a mostly sunny sky. Each consecutive day we are dry the probability of fog will decrease given lower surface moisture, but it will be offset by longer September nights. H8 temps hover around 17C for the entire long term. Energy block method yields widespread lower to mid 80 values save for the mountains where 70s will be common. Elected to go with guidance that does not contain bias corrected grids since we are in a transition from below normal to an above normal stretch. Any impacts from Maria will be beyond the scope of this seven day forecast even mid and high clouds associated with the storm. && .AVIATION /06Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... Deterioration to MVFR and IFR is expected for most ports overnight as fog develops. This should mix out within a couple of hours after sunrise. VFR conditions with diurnal CU and increasing mid/high clouds are expected for the rest of the TAF period as a weak upper trough approaches. .Outlook... Other than local morning fog, no widespread restrictions expected through Sat with building ridging. && .PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. OH...None. PA...None. WV...None. && $$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.