Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KPHI 071951 AFDPHI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 251 PM EST Wed Dec 7 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure off the mid Atlantic coast will move out to sea today while another area of low pressure drifts through southeast Canada. This low will continue to slowly drift eastward through the end of the week and move offshore of the Canadian maritimes by Friday and Saturday. With high pressure to our west, a strong west to northwest flow will remain through the end of the week. High pressure briefly affects the area Saturday night. An area of low pressure is forecast to move north of the area Sunday into Sunday night, bringing a cold front across the area. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... Remainder of this afternoon...skies should generally brighten with the lower clouds thinning out and clearing near sunset. Isolated nw flow gusts 19 kt as observed. Tonight...we will presume the subsidence inversion dissipates and that so too, the low clouds continue their mid afternoon clearing trend. However, a deck of mid or high clouds should arrive after midnight from the west. light west to northwest wind. Fcst elements are a 50 50 blend of the 12z/7 GFS/NAM MOS. Its possible that there could be isolated frosty fog patches in the countryside in the light boundary layer flow radiational cooling sitn (low confidence of occurrence). Low temps above normal. && .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY/... Considerable mid and high cloudiness during the morning becoming mostly sunny and breezy during the afternoon with westerly wind gusts expected to increase to 25 mph. This cloud wind sequence in assn with the arrival in the aftn of a ne-sw positive tilt 500 mb trough axis with 12 hr 100-140m hfc overhead. max temps near normal. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... On Thursday, an area of low pressure will slowly be moving across eastern Canada, before reaching the Canadian maritimes Friday into Saturday, while high pressure remains across the central part of the country. This will keep a steady west to northwest flow across the area. A broad trough aloft will remain across the east coast, with an elongated vorticity impulse moving across the area Thursday and a weaker impulse moving across the area Friday. There is not a lot of moisture across the area Thursday as it`s forecast to remain northwest of the area, but the strength of the vort max and the surface winds may help carry some flurries/sprinkles across the area during the day. On Friday, the short wave is weaker, but there is more enhanced low level moisture and steep low-mid level lapse rates during the day, so there could be even more widespread showers or flurries/sprinkles across the area. Especially across our northwestern areas. By Saturday, another short wave/vorticity impulse is forecast to move across the area as the northwest flow begins to weaken as the low lifts farther away and high pressure begins to approach from the west. There will continue to be steep low-mid level lapse rates during the daytime combined with some enhanced moisture, especially across the northern areas. Therefore there will continue to be a chance for some isolated showers/flurries across the northern half of the area. High pressure briefly affects the area Saturday night, providing dry conditions. Thursday through Saturday will be a cold and windy period, with Friday being the windiest, and Saturday being the coolest of the 3 day period. On Sunday night, an area of low pressure is forecast to move north of the area, pulling a cold front across the region. Another low pressure is forecast to develop along the boundary, although the GFS and ECMWF differ on where they develop the low. The GFS develops this secondary low north of the area, while the ECMWF develops it to our south. Sunday night looks like the most likely period for precipitation, but it could linger into Monday if the low does develop around or south of the area as the ECMWF indicates, so we`ll keep a chance of precipitation into Monday. Temperatures will be cold enough for portions of the area to experience wintry precipitation. The exact timing and placement of wintry precipitation is still to be determined, but as usual, the most likely areas for snow would be the northern half of the area. Dry conditions are currently expected for Monday night into Tuesday as high pressure is forecast to briefly build to our south and nose its way into our area. The GFS and ECMWF are showing the potential for a coastal low to develop on the old frontal boundary to our south by next Wednesday, which could bring some precipitation to the southern half of the area. With cold temperatures, it`s possible that a period of snow could develop for the southern portions of the area. && .AVIATION /20Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas. Remainder of this afternoon...mvfr cigs in the process of advecting eastward to leave behind sct clouds aoa 3000 ft. Wind generally northwest with gusts under 20 kt. Tonight...VFR. W-NW winds will be light (under 10 kt). Thursday...VFR multi layered cigs aoa 10000 ft during the morning- midday with chance of an hour of cigs down to near 6000 ft during midday with isolated sprinkles or flurries mainly higher terrain of e PA. Then becoming VFR clear late in the day. Westerly wind increasing, with gusts 22-28 kt during the afternoon as the caa process develops more earnestly. OUTLOOK... Thursday night-Saturday...MVFR CIGS may be possible each morning before lifting to VFR during the day. Scattered showers or flurries/sprinkles are possible during the daytime of each day which may temporarily lower conditions. Gusty west to northwest winds 15- 25 knots, strongest winds Thursday and Friday. Sunday...VFR early, lowering to MVFR then IFR by the afternoon and overnight. Rain or snow possible late in the day and overnight. && .MARINE... SCA seas has been extended since easterly swells in the wake of last nights short gale are slow to decrease. Guidance continues to lower these swells/seas too fast. Pls see MWW or the CWF. Eventually the seas should subside below the 5 ft sca criteria overnight. Thursday...anticipating the need for a westerly flow cold air advection small craft advisory for many of the waters Thursday afternoon. Have begun the process with a DE Bay SCA. OUTLOOK... Thursday night-Saturday...Small Craft Advisory levels winds expected through the periods with west to northwest winds gusting 25-30 knots. Saturday night-Sunday...Winds expected to drop below Small Craft Advisory levels, but pick up again late Sunday. && .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...None. NJ...None. DE...None. MD...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas until 10 PM EST this evening for ANZ452>455. Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas until 6 PM EST this evening for ANZ450-451. && $$ Synopsis...Robertson Near Term...Drag 251 Short Term...Drag 251 Long Term...Robertson Aviation...Drag/Robertson 251 Marine...Drag/Robertson 251 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.