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000 FXUS62 KRAH 272351 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 745 PM EDT SAT AUG 27 2016 .SYNOPSIS...
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High pressure will persist over the region through the weekend. An upper level disturbance over the Atlantic will then drift west along the Carolina coast Monday and Tuesday
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 350 PM Saturday... Latest meso analysis depicts the best instability covering most of the Piedmont and parts of the sandhills. As scattered storms that initiated along the I-40 corridor between the Triad and RDU, expect some intensification with a few strong/severe storms possible through sunset. With DCAPE values 1200-1400 J/kg over the western and southern Piedmont, potential for wind gusts 45-55kts with the stronger storms. In addition, frequent lightning will occur. With loss of heating, scattered convection will dissipate around sunset with only a few showers probable until midnight over the southern Piedmont. After 04z, expect pockets of low clouds to develop and overspread the region with considerable cloudiness expected by daybreak Sunday. Overnight temps in the low-mid 70s. && .SHORT TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/... As of 350 PM Saturday... Surface high pressure centered over southern New England will strengthen and nose southward into the Carolinas Sunday. This sfc feature will extend across our Piedmont counties. Associated subsidence should initially limit mixing which may allow low clouds to linger until late morning/mid day. Otherwise, presence of sfc ridge should inhibit convective development in the afternoon hours. Over the southern coastal plain and the sandhills, modest moisture advection courtesy of an upper level low off the SC coast coupled with afternoon heating should trigger scattered convection. Expect the greatest concentration to occur immediately se of our region though 30-40 percent coverage still possible over parts of our se counties. Anticipated cloud cover Sunday morning will limit sunshine. this should to afternoon temps not quite as hot/oppressive as the past couple of afternoon. High temps upper 80s-lower 90s. Again, most of the convection will dissipate with loss of heating. Could see another round of overnight low clouds, though it may be limited to the se half of the forecast area. Low temps upper 60s nw to the low/mid 70s se. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 226 PM SATURDAY... Monday through Wednesday: The models still indicate a mid- to upper- level low over the western Atlantic will move westward along the southern periphery of the high from Bermuda to the east coast of the U.S. through early next week. The high will weaken as the low approaches and stalls along the Carolina coast through Wednesday. At the surface, some weak ridging lingers over western NC as the low sits just off the coast. Surface winds will be primarily northeasterly. Chances for showers and storms should remain limited to the southern and southeastern portions of Central NC. Highs will be in the mid 80s to around 90 degrees and lows in the upper 60s to low 70s expected. Thursday through Saturday: An upper level trough will amplify over the eastern U.S. Wednesday night and Thursday, when it`s expected to absorb the stalled coastal low. The trough axis should then shift offshore late in the week. At the surface, a cold front is forecast to slide southward into Central NC Thursday night or Friday, although the extent of southward progression is still fairly uncertain. Highest confidence of frontal passage in the northeast and lowest in the southwest. As a result, best chances for convection will be with the front as it moves into and stalls over the Carolinas, though that will also depend on the diurnal timing. The temperature forecast gets a bit more difficult with the aforementioned front, but for now expect a decrease in highs from near 90 degrees on Thursday into the mid 80s Friday and Saturday with lows generally in the mid 60s to low 70s. && .AVIATION /00Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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As of 747 PM Saturday... Scattered thunderstorms will affect KFAY early this evening, otherwise VFR conditions will prevail through much of the night. A weak backdoor front will move SW across central NC late tonight. There is a low probability of IFR cigs over the eastern areas including KFAY...KRDU...KRWI toward daybreak through 15Z/Sunday. Otherwise, VFR conditions will return Sunday with another slight chance of PM thunderstorms, mainly at KFAY and KRWI. .Outlook for Monday through Friday... VFR conditions are expected to prevail across central NC through most of the upcoming work week. There will be a good chance for early morning IFR/low end MVFR conditions each day due to low clouds and/or fog. In addition, there will be scattered showers and storms each afternoon, with the highest concentration expected in the vicinity of KFAY.
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&& .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...PWB NEAR TERM...WSS SHORT TERM...WSS LONG TERM...KC AVIATION...PWB is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.