Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ
FXUS61 KPHI 081117
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
617 AM EST Thu Dec 8 2016
An area of low pressure will continue to slowly drift across eastern
Canada today through Friday, and end up south of Greenland by
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, then moves offshore Sunday. A warm
front is expected to lift across the area Sunday night, before an
area of low pressure is forecast to move near or just north of the
area around Monday. This system will pull a cold front across the
area Monday, then another quick moving frontal boundary may move
across the area around Tuesday night.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
There are two features we will be keeping an eye on today.
For portions of Delmarva and far SE NJ: This morning, light rain
will be possible in response to a low and mid level short wave
trough lifting over the region. Lift is rather weak, so even if any
rain develops, amounts are expected to be very light.
Across the region: Northwesterly flow will be increasing through the
day today in response to an increasing pressure gradient as the
positively tilted trough continues to progress east. For most of the
region, this will mean little more than breezy and cooler conditions
through the day today. Temperatures today will be around 5 degrees
lower than yesterday (in other words, near or slightly below
normal). The Southern Poconos and NW NJ though may see flurries mid
day into the early afternoon if lake effect snow showers are able to
propagate this far south and east. A negating factor will be the dry
air advection that we have already seen, so no accumulation is
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 AM FRIDAY/...
Colder air will continue to settle in over the region thanks to the
continued northwesterly flow (and associated cold air advection).
The pressure gradient across the region will continue to increase as
the trough moves further east, so winds are not expected drop off
much overnight. This will mean we won`t have efficient radiational
cooling conditions, but given the cold air advection, lows tonight
will as much as 10 degrees lower than what we will see this
.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
Low pressure continues to drift across eastern Canada Friday, then
moves offshore and ends up south of Greenland by Saturday. Meanwhile
high pressure remains across the central part of the country. This
will keep a steady west to northwest flow across the area. On
Friday, although the strong vorticity impulse is expected to be east
of the area, there will remain steep low-mid level lapse rates
across the area with enhanced moisture as well. With the strong
northwest flow, it is possible that some lake effect streamers could
set up and bring some snow showers/flurries to portions of the area.
The best chances would be across the northern portions of the area,
so we keep scattered/isolated snow showers/flurries there. Elsewhere
we will keep isolated flurries/sprinkles. On Saturday, the steep
lapse rates and moisture combination lifts northward some. We`ll
keep isolated snow showers/flurries for the far northern counties,
but will keep flurries/sprinkles for the middle half of the area as
the northwest flow begins to weaken some, so the flurries may not
have as great of a reach southward as on Friday. While most areas
probably won`t see much snow accumulation Friday and Saturday, if
any snow bands or squalls do develop, it would not be surprising
to see some accumulating snow in some areas.
High pressure briefly affects the area Saturday night, providing dry
conditions. Friday and Saturday will be a cold and windy period,
with Friday being the windiest, and Saturday being the coolest of
The high builds offshore Sunday ahead of the next storm system. As
this happens, it is possible that some showers could develop
during the day across the area as a short wave passes just to our
north and spreads an area of moisture across the area. However,
the best chance of precipitation looks to be Sunday night into
Monday. A warm front is forecast to lift across the area late on
Sunday night into Monday as an area of low pressure is forecast to
move near or just north of the area. Conditions should be cold
enough overnight Sunday into Monday for a period of snow to affect
a good portion of the area, before much of the area warms up and
precipitation turns to rain during the day Monday. There is the
potential for an accumulating snow for much of the area, with the
northern half having the greatest potential. As the low continues
to lift northward, a cold front is expected to move across the
area late in the day Monday and overnight. Precipitation chances
should diminish behind the cold front.
On Tuesday and Tuesday night, the GFS is indicating another cold
front moving across the area as low pressure passes to our north.
It in turn brings a period of rain and snow to the area late Tuesday
into early Wednesday. The ECMWF does not have as strong of a cold
frontal passage, so it does not bring any precipitation to the area.
For now, we`ll introduce a small chance into the forecast.
.AVIATION /11Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG,
KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.
VFR conditions are expected through the remainder of the TAF
period. Mid level ceilings between 5000 and 9000 ft AGL will be
possible at times through the day time hours. And towards the very
end of the TAF period, a cloud deck of 4000 to 5000 ft AGL will
propagate in from the west. Otherwise, only high clouds are
expected through the TAF period.
West northwesterly winds will increase by 18Z in response to an
increasing pressure gradient. Gusts near 20kt will be possible
primarily between 18 and 03Z. After 03Z, gusts may drop off
(following typical nocturnal trends), but sustained winds will stay
near or above 10kt.
Friday-Saturday...Generally VFR, although CIGS may occasionally
lower to MVFR. 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 Friday which may approach 30 knots at times.
Sunday...VFR early, possibly lowering to MVFR by the afternoon. Rain
or snow possible late in the day.
Sunday night-Monday...Conditions continue to lower to MVFR and then
IFR. Rain or snow becoming likely. Accumulating snow possible for
eastern Pennsylvania, much of New Jersey, and the northern portions
of the Delmarva.
Winds will increase around mid day today for what will be a
prolonged small craft advisory event. The strongest winds are not
expected until this evening, when gusts near or just above 30 kt are
Friday-Saturday...Small Craft Advisory in effect through Friday
night, which may need to be extended into Saturday. Winds may
approach gale force at times on Friday.
Saturday night...Winds expected to drop below Small Craft Advisory
levels, but pick up again late Sunday.
Sunday-Sunday night...Winds may increase and approach Small Craft
Advisory levels at late in the day into the overnight.
Monday...Small Craft Advisory conditions possible.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from noon today to 6 AM EST Saturday for