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000 FXUS61 KPBZ 220553 AFDPBZ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 1253 AM EST Wed Feb 22 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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There will be a slight chance of light showers through the morning as a weak disturbance crosses the area. Warm weather is expected to continue until the passage of a late Friday night and Saturday morning cold front.
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&& .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/...
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Minor updates made early this morning to increase overnight lows under extensive cloud coverage and warm advection. Have maintained a slight chance of showers through morning associated with a decaying boundary approaching from the west. Expect coverage to be isolated to scattered at best with weak dynamics.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... Generally zonal flow continues into this period, with more amplified flow towards the end ahead of the strong system approaching Friday night. A few showers may linger along the dying boundary Wednesday morning, before flat ridging provides a dry interlude Wednesday afternoon through much of Wednesday night. Flow begins to amplify Thursday as a strong shortwave begins to dig over the Plains. The increasing southwest flow will push moisture and a warm front towards the region with time. Modest isentropic lift at 300/305K will also support chance PoPs for showers. Some modest instability of 300 J/kg or less is noted on model soundings, but elected to hold off on thunder mention for now. The unseasonable warmth continues through this period, with high temperatures consistently running 20-25 degrees above average. Made only minor modifications to numbers using bias-corrected guidance. See climate section for details on record high temperatures this week, some of which could be in jeopardy. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... Warm front will lift north of the area Friday increasing southerly flow into the area. 12Z GFS continues the trend of slowing down the progression of the strong cold front late Friday into early Saturday. Delayed timing should allow for enhanced clearing in the warm sector, and as a result, temperatures will soar. Have kept with the trend of bumping up Friday`s highs, although not quite to the MEX numbers. Will continue with likely PoPs for this boundary, with a chance for thunder, though the overnight passage may be a bit of a limiting factor. Temperatures should return to near normal values, with snow showers as the system departs. Very broad troughing is then expected through early next week, with another system progged for passage in the deterministic guidance. && .AVIATION /06Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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A weakening cold front should result in lowering, but still VFR, ceilings through the night as it crosses the area. A few showers are possible but upper support is limited. Some upstream observations suggest that enough low level moisture could move in behind the dissipating front this morning leading to MVFR ceilings from ZZV to FKL to DUJ. Elsewhere VFR looks like it should prevail until late in this forecast period. Light w-sw wind will continue through the period. .OUTLOOK... Warm, moist conditions may support occasional restrictions Wednesday night through Thursday but the next chance for widespread restrictions will be with the passage of a Friday night/early Saturday cold front.
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&& .CLIMATE... Record high temperatures for climate sites: Wed Thu Fri --------- -------- -------- PIT 70 (1922,30) 70 (1922) 70 (1875,1906) ZZV 67 (1992) 64 (2000) 70 (1961) MGW 70 (1980) 68 (1996) 75 (1975) DUJ 60 (1983) 63 (1985) 60 (1985) HLG 57 (1949) 62 (2000) 63 (2016) PHD 73 (1997) 69 (1975) 66 (1985) && .PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. OH...None. PA...None. WV...None. && $$

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