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000 FXUS61 KPBZ 151337 AFDPBZ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 837 AM EST Thu Feb 15 2018 .SYNOPSIS... A warm front will keep light rain chances through this morning before low pressure and a cold front results in widespread rain later today and tonight. Precipitation should taper off Friday as the front exits. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of this morning, a quick update was made to make only minor adjustments to temperature and weather wording as precipitation is rather isolated in nature over the forecast area. Warm front continues to make progress northward, with rapid warmth over much of the region with highs approaching 60 already. Think that the current forecast highs are appropriate given there will be some slow down in warmth with ample cloud cover and incoming rain. That being said, the record high for PIT is 69 so we still could have a chance at approaching this value today. Previous... The sfc low and associated shortwave is progged to track to the Upper OH Valley region by late afternoon/evening, spreading widespread rain across the area. Jet enhanced ascent, good upper support and deep layer moisture should result in enhanced rainfall rates this evening and overnight. Expanded the flood watch further N and W based on the latest guidance and expected rain totals. Several river flood watches also continue for the Monongahela and Ohio rivers where the highest QPF is progged. The low is progged to slide E to N Cntrl PA late tonight, as it drags its associated cold front across the area. Temperatures today and tonight should be 20-25 degrees above seasonal levels.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... The cold front should complete its passage Friday, with precip chances tapering off after FROPA. A brief changeover to snow is possible as the precip ends, but little or no accumulation is expected. Dry weather should return Friday night and Saturday morning as high pressure slides E across the region. Models continue to struggle with a cold front advancing across the Upper Midwest later Saturday, and sfc low pressure across the SE CONUS. The 00Z GFS doesn`t phase these two features, while the 00Z NAM briefly does before exiting the E coast. The ECMWF was the most aggressive with the phasing, resulting in more precip across our region. Expect the middle of the road NAM solution is the most reasonable, which would result in some mainly light snow chances to the area later Sat/Sat night. High pressure should return dry weather for Sunday. Temperatures should be near to a few degrees above seasonal levels. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Southwest flow between a Wrn CONUS trough, and a SE CONUS high should result in warm weather through the period. Shortwaves embedded in the flow, and proximity to a slow moving frontal boundary, should keep periodic rain chances through mid to late week. && .AVIATION /14Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
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High MVFR/low VFR cigs will persist this morning as the warm front continues to slide northeastward. Expect any improvement to VFR to be short lived as moisture associated with an approaching shortwave returns restrictions in rain this afternoon. These restrictions - MVFR/IFR will then persist through much of the night as the cold front approaches and lift is enhanced, providing a period of moderate to heavy rain at times.
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&& .HYDROLOGY...
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Widespread moderate to heavy rain should overspread the area this aftn and tonight as low pressure and a cold front approaches and crosses the area. Rainfall amounts are expected to range from around an inch N of I 80, to around 2 inches across the OH and Monongahela basins. The flood watch has been expanded N and W and various river flood watches for specific points along the Ohio and Mon rivers continue. The point at Pittsburgh is expected to rise to 18 ft Fri morning which affects the Mon Parking Wharf, and above flood stage, 25 ft, Sat morning.
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&& .PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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MD...Flood Watch from 6 PM EST this evening through Friday afternoon for MDZ001. OH...Flood Watch from 6 PM EST this evening through Friday afternoon for OHZ039>041-048>050-057>059-068-069. PA...Flood Watch from 6 PM EST this evening through Friday afternoon for PAZ014-020>023-029-031-073>076. WV...Flood Watch from 6 PM EST this evening through Friday afternoon for WVZ001>004-012-021-509>514.
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