Area Forecast Discussion
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485 FXUS62 KRAH 070545 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 1245 AM EST Wed Dec 7 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure will move away from the Middle Atlantic coast tonight. Weak high pressure will follow and settle over the Carolinas through Wed night. An arctic cold frontal passage will occur on Thu. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 940 PM TUESDAY... All rain has departed the area as of 9 PM this evening, though overcast skies remain. Canadian high pressure will start building toward the region overnight as the surface low moves slowly away from Central NC. The pressure gradient between the two, particularly in the northeast portions of the area, will be a bit tight and result in winds in the 5-10 mph range through the night and at the start of the day Wednesday, light to calm in the west and south. The lows tonight will bottom out in the upper 30s to low 40s. The bigger forecast problem remains the development of fog overnight, possibly becoming dense in the west and southwest where winds are expected to be lightest. Patchy fog will be likely elsewhere given the very moist boundary layer. The fog should develop during the next couple of hours and will likely last through daybreak everywhere, except the far northwest where the boundary layer may dry out after 09Z. && .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/... As of 230 PM Tuesday... The leading edge of an arctic cold front diving southeast through the TN/OH valley begins to ooze across the Appalachians by 12Z Thursday morning. The front will be progressing slowly as it aligns with predominantly westerly flow, which will also serve to limit moisture advection available for precip. Forcing aloft will be limited as well in relatively broad cyclonic flow and channeled vorticity, with models squeezing out less than a tenth of an inch of rain with the system. As such will maintain only a small chance for PoPs as the front moves through during the day. Skies should be clearing from the northwest by mid to late afternoon. Cold air advection will be underway for much of the day across the northern tier with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting 20 mph. This produces a low level thickness fall of ~20 meters across the north... indicative of 5-6 degrees cooler temps...resulting in highs from the low 50s across the north to upper 50s in the south. Pressure gradient relaxes overnight, but not enough to decouple and fully realize the airmass` potential for cooling. Mins should bottom out in the mid to upper 20s. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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As of 230 PM Tuesday... Expect clear, cold, and brisk conditions on Friday with highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s with a northwest breeze gusting to 20 mph. Radiational conditions are more ideal Friday night as an arctic high settles over the region. Mins will fall into the upper teens across the north to lower 20s in the south Saturday morning. Chilly airmass will benefit only marginally from strong but low-angle insolation on Saturday...with highs ranging from 40 to 45. Return flow will ensue on Sunday, with modest warm up and initiation of some moisture advection and cloudiness. Highs will edge to the mid and upper 40s on Sunday after morning mins mostly in the mid 20s. Our next frontal passage on Monday will be better defined/cleaner. With the mid level short wave and parent surface low well north of the area we maintain near zonal flow behind the front to inhibit cold air advection. Does look like a respectable low level jet and convergence zone will accompany the front resulting in chance PoPs Sunday night through Monday afternoon with clearing by Tuesday. Highs in the 50s both Monday and Tuesday.
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&& .AVIATION /06Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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As of 1245 AM WEDNESDAY... In the wake of the low pressure system moving off the Mid-Atlantic Coast, drier air will filter into the area from the west, leading to scattering out of the IFR ceilings across central and eastern NC. However, light to calm winds in conjunction with wet soil, will lead to the development of fog. The lowest visibility/ceilings appear most likely to occur at INT and GSO, where restrictions could fall to LIFR. Any fog and low clouds will quickly disperse by 13 to 14z with VFR conditions expected through the afternoon. Outlook: A warm front will lift into NC and result in a good chance of MVFR ceilings Wed night-early Thu, especially at Ern TAF sites, followed by a small chance of a shower along an arctic cold front during the Thu, and following blustery NW winds late Thu afternoon- Thu night.
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&& .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...MWS NEAR TERM...KC SHORT TERM...MLM LONG TERM...MLM AVIATION...CBL

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