Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 231918 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 218 PM EST Thu Nov 23 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Initially cool high pressure will weaken and modify as it expands east across the middle Atlantic and southeast states through Friday night. Meanwhile, at least a couple of areas of low pressure will track from the eastern Gulf of Mexico northeastward across FL and offshore the southeastern US coast. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 218 PM Thursday... A short wave trough with embedded sheared vort max is lifting NE along the SE states coastal region. A shield of mainly light rain along and ahead of this disturbance is ongoing across coastal sections of GA and SC. It is slowly lifting NE, but according to the latest running into much drier air located north of the SC/NC boundary and thus is making very slow progress NEWD as the northern edge is drying up in the process. Nevertheless, the latest HRRR shows that eventually this light rain shield will lift into coastal sections of NC as the atmos there eventually moistens enough to allow very light rain to reach the ground there. While earlier runs of the HRRR showed that the NW edge of the rain could get into southern Sampson Co, the latest runs and most recent mesoanalysis moisture fields suggests otherwise. So for now, will keep rain out of our SE zones and will monitor closely. Farther west, it`s just a matter of cirrus and how much of it, and it`s effects on temps tonight. The thickest cirrus, now along and east of the I-95 corridor, is expected to remain east of I-95 and gradually shift east of there overnight as the aforementioned short wave trough axis shifts east. Otherwise, at the sfc, high pressure now centered to our north over VA will continue building southward, becoming centered over NC by 12Z Friday. Consequently, winds should go calm across our entire CWA after midnight, and when combined with clearing skies, will set up good radiational cooling conditions overnight. Latest sfc dwpts and low level thickness, when combined with radiational cooling, suggest lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Chilly temps for those venturing out tonight or early Friday morning!
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As of 218 PM Thursday... High pressure and a dry airmass with westerly flow aloft and a seasonable airmass is the weather story for Friday. Look for plenty of sunshine during the day Friday with highs in the upper 50s to around 60. Friday night, the next short wave embedded in the longwave trough over the East will be crossing the Ohio Valley. While it`s assoc cold frontal passage won`t occur until late Saturday, we will see an increase in high clouds Friday night in advance of it. Thus with these high clouds, low temps Friday night should be a little warmer than tonight`s lows. Low temps Friday night in the mid 30s, under increasing high clouds.
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&& .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 150 PM EDT Thursday... Little change in longer range forecast. A mild day is in store for Saturday with a westerly flow ahead of an advancing, rather dry, cold front. Next area of high pressure will settle over the region Sunday through the middle of next week. The cooler temperatures behind the cold front Sunday and Monday will be rather short-lived as the upper ridge over the Western US transitions eastward atop the Eastern US by Tuesday/Wednesday. Highs Sunday and Monday in the low to mid 50s north to upper 50s south, then warming back up into the 60s and possibly even near 70 across the southern coastal plain and Sandhills by Wednesday. Model spread increases Wednesday and Thursday with the timing of upper trough ejecting out of the Rockies into the southeastern US. It still does not appear that this system will produce significant rainfall across the Carolina region. && .AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 1224 PM Thursday... Through 24/18Z: High pressure will continue building over the area, resulting in light winds dry weather. Clouds will mostly consist of high clouds aoa 20k ft agl. VFR conditions through the 24 hour TAF period. After 24/18Z: A cold front will move across the region late Saturday and may bring a brief period of sub-VFR conditions during that time. Otherwise, VFR conditions expected through Tuesday. && .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...MWS NEAR SHORT LONG TERM...CBL/Franklin is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.