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000 FXUS61 KPBZ 240004 AFDPBZ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 804 PM EDT Fri Sep 23 2016 .SYNOPSIS... After a cold front passes through the region, dry weather and seasonable temperatures are expected for the weekend. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH SATURDAY/... Little change was needed to the forecast. Still think that sprinkles in the vicinity of I-80 will be the extent of precipitation with the frontal passage tonight, as the dearth of support means that what little precipitation there is behind the boundary should die off after sunset. Temperatures were maintained for now as well. Previous discussion... A cold front is currently moving through the region from north to south, although all of the clouds and precipitation remain north of the front. The lift with the front is rather weak, and it appears likely that any precipitation that occurs locally with the front would be during daytime hours. Have added a mention of possible sprinkles along the I-80 corridor this evening, but otherwise think that the region should remain dry with the frontal passage. However, cloud cover will be rather widespread tonight into Saturday. Behind the cold front, high pressure over Ontario and Quebec will begin to inch southward. Although overnight temperatures will be similar to last night`s low temperatures, daytime highs on Saturday will be about 10 degrees cooler than today`s values. && .SHORT TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/... High pressure will remain over the region Saturday night into Sunday. Low pressure developing over the Northern Plains will then move to the east, bringing another cold front to the region. Models still are wobbling on the exact arrival time, but rain should move into the region sometime on Monday and come to an end late Monday night. Will increase pops again, but still do not have quite enough confidence to bump up pops to likely at this point. Although temperatures during this time period will not be as warm as they have been this week, they will still run a couple of degrees above normal. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... There could be some leftover showers Tuesday morning behind the front and Tuesday night is expected to be dry. As winds veer to the west-northwest on Wednesday, some lake effect rain showers could develop, as 850mb temperatures will be as low as 5-6 C while Lake Erie surface temperatures are between 20-25 C. As winds veer to the north and high pressure moves into the region, another period of dry weather is expected. Behind Monday`s cold front, an extended period of slightly below normal temperatures is expected, with highs generally in the 60s and lows in the upper 40s and 50s. && .AVIATION /00Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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VFR conditions will generally deteriorate through the night as a cold front drops in from the north. Restrictions, including some IFR ceilings, are expected tonight and into Saturday morning. Still some questions as to how far south and east the IFR ceilings invade, but the northern terminals of FKL/DUJ stand the best chance to see them. Winds will shift to the north behind the advancing front, but flow will remain light through the period. Dry advection and subsidence with building high pressure will ensure VFR thereafter. .OUTLOOK /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... The next chance for restrictions will come with a late Monday cold front.
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&& .PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. OH...None. PA...None. WV...None. && $$

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