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FXUS61 KPBZ 230851
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA
351 AM EST Thu Feb 23 2017
Warm weather will continue until the passage of a Saturday cold
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/...
Another mild night across the forecast area in the current warm
advection regime. Overnight lows will largely remain above 50F
with extensive cloud coverage and no anticipated change to
There will be a chance of scattered showers today as a weak
frontal boundary sags south towards the forecast area...limited
mainly to northern zones as the boundary is progged to stall in
in the vicinity of the I-80 corridor before lifting back to the
north as a warm front. Model guidance continues to suggest the
possibility of a few thunderstorms in the mix as well, however,
chances are too low to include in the forecast as warm air aloft
is more likely to keep any activity capped off.
.SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...
Any remaining shower activity that develops across northern
zones will diminish this evening as the warm front lifts north.
With the forecast area well withing the warm sector,
temperatures on Friday look to be the warmest yet since
beginning this prolonged period of well above normal
temperatures. The current forecast includes record breaking
temperatures at all climate locations and dry conditions.
Friday night southerly winds will increase as the cold front
approaches and this along with plenty of cloud coverage will
likely result in record high minimums overnight.
There is higher confidence in timing of frontal passage...not
pushing it back later and keeping the inherited forecast as-is
as the modTrends tool is finally showing a flat linear
regression slope regarding the eastern CONUS trough.
The front will cross Saturday morning into early afternoon with
The timing of the passage would still not seem to favor much of
a severe threat given the expected lack of buoyancy, but with
strong flow and plenty of shear to enhance updrafts, any storms
may need to be monitored for wind gusts.
.LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
Behind the cold front, wraparound showers will drop in coverage
Saturday night, with snow showers possible. Sunday will likely
be the only completely dry day in the extended forecast. Model
guidance is then a little uncertain with timing of a system on
Monday before having surprisingly good agreement on Wednesday.
Have stuck close to the Superblend through this portion of the
forecast. After slightly below normal temperatures on Sunday,
high temperatures will increase through the period, with 60s
once again a possibility by the first day of March.
.AVIATION /06Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Condition deterioration is expected late tonight as another
disturbances enhances overall ascent and improves the moisture
supply. IFR ceilings and some isolated to scattered showers are
forecast for early Thursday with increasing confidence.
Late day improvement is anticipated with passage of the supporting
shortwave, although MVFR, to low-end VFR stratocu may linger.
Widespread restrictions are likely with the approach and passage
of a cold front on Friday night and early Saturday.
Record high temperatures for climate sites:
PIT 70 (1922) 70 (1875,1906)
ZZV 64 (2000) 70 (1961)
MGW 68 (1996) 75 (1975)
DUJ 63 (1985) 60 (1985)
HLG 62 (2000) 63 (2016)
PHD 69 (1975) 66 (1985)