Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 201509 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 1109 AM EDT Mon Mar 20 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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High pressure centered over central NC this morning will shift offshore the Southeast coast this afternoon, in advance of a broad low pressure system and associated cold front approaching the mountains from the WNW. The aforementioned low pressure system will push southward through the Carolinas as a backdoor cold front Tuesday evening into Tuesday night. Canadian high pressure will build into the Carolinas from the northwest Wednesday into Thursday.
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&& .NEAR TERM /Through Tonight/...
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AS OF 1100 AM Monday... Today: High pressure centered over the area this morning will move offshore this afternoon as a broad surface low and associated cold front approaches the mountains from the west. As the sfc high shifts offshore, warm advection will commence from west-east this aft/eve as initially calm or light/variable winds become W/WSW at ~10 knots. Clear skies this morning will become mostly cloudy this afternoon in the Western Piedmont (and at least partly cloudy in the east) as a thick veil of cirrus emanating from a mesoscale convective complex (MCC) over IN/OH/KY advects downstream into the Carolinas via NW flow aloft. Thickening mid/upper level ceilings could affect afternoon temps by a few degrees in the W/NW Piedmont. With the above in mind, expect highs 5-10F warmer than yesterday, ranging from the lower 60s (NE Coastal Plain) to mid/upper 60s elsewhere, warmest in the Sandhills/SW Piedmont. Tonight: Low-level moisture will increase from the W/WNW tonight as the aforementioned front progresses slowly south/east into TN/WV/VA and low-level flow strengthens downstream in the Carolinas. Model guidance is fairly unanimous in showing measurable precipitation in the N/NW Piedmont late tonight (06-12Z Tue). Model guidance is most likely picking up on remnants of the MCC, e.g. the eastern portion of the complex as it progresses S/SE through WV into southwest VA overnight. Alternately, strengthening low-level warm advection may result in marginal/elevated destabilization and a potential for elevated showers at the leading edge of a 925 mb warm front lifting NE from Upstate SC through the Foothills/Western Piedmont of NC between 06-12Z Tue morning. Given the dry airmass (PWAT 0.20-0.40") currently in place east of the mountains, confidence remains low with regard to whether or not sufficient moistening/elevated destabilization and/or sufficient forcing will be present to maintain lingering MCC remnants or support the development of elevated showers late tonight. At this time, will continue to indicate a ~20% of showers after midnight across the W/NW Piedmont. Given broken/overcast cloud cover and a SW breeze, expect lows Tue morning to be much warmer than this morning, in the mid to upper 40s, coldest in the E/NE Coastal Plain. -Vincent
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&& .SHORT TERM /TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT/... As of 237 AM Monday... A weak backdoor cold front will push south through our region Tuesday into Tuesday evening. Very little in the way of instability and convergence will be associated with the front. Lift is meager as well. It appears that other than a few sprinkles, the chance of measurable rain will hold off until the potential weak low pressure wave approaches Tuesday night. The latest models have shifted the track of the wave southward from the Tennessee Valley across southern NC through 12Z Wednesday. This would suggest that the swatch of lift and resultant QPF of nearly 0.25 of an inch with local 0.50 totals from near Asheville east to near Fayetteville, with lesser amounts of around 0.1 north of Interstate 40 and 85. Regardless, the chance of rain appears to ramp up into the likely category for most zones Tuesday night associated with this wave of low pressure. Highs Tuesday should be warmest in the south and west where the low level thickness support 80, with widespread 70s elsewhere. Lows Tuesday night should only fall into the mid 40s to mid 50s with the strongest CAA expected late and in the north and east zones. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 335 AM Monday... Surface high pressure will build into the area behind the front Wednesday into Wednesday night (with possibly a few lingering showers in the morning), resulting in a return to dry weather and below normal temps. Models continue to trend colder for morning lows on Thursday and Friday morning, with a 1040 mb high expected to build into the area from the northwest Wednesday night and move across the area and offshore on Thursday into Thursday night (while still extending into the area by Friday morning). This should allow for low temps in the 20s to lower 30s Thursday morning, with low temps on Friday morning generally ranging from the upper 20s to mid 30s. High temps on Wednesday and Thursday will be below normal as well, with Thursday the coldest day with highs in the lower to mid 50s. With surface high pressure offshore on Friday we will see a warming trend commence. Mid level ridging is expected to build across the area on Friday into Saturday. This should generally result in a dry weather during this time frame (low end chance of shower on Saturday though across western portions of the area), with warming temps. Expect highs temps will generally range from the 60s on Friday to the 70s on Saturday. Forecast confidence decrease Saturday night into Sunday as medium range models are struggling with the track of a mid/upper level low moving eastward from the Plains next weekend. This will greatly affect the chances for precip and timing of the next cold front. For now will continue to advertise chance pops with mild temps in the 60s and 70s for Sunday. && .AVIATION /18Z Monday through Saturday/...
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As of 1100 AM Monday... 24-hr TAF Period: VFR conditions will rule through the majority if not all of the TAF period, with light/variable winds becoming SSW/SW at 5-10 knots late this afternoon and evening. MVFR/IFR ceilings will be possible at northern terminals (INT/GSO/RDU/RWI) late tonight, however, confidence is too low to warrant mention at this time. Looking Ahead: Expect a good chance for sub-VFR conditions associated with showers/storms in assoc/w a backdoor cold frontal passage late Tue afternoon into Tue night. VFR conditions will return in the wake of the front on Wed. Winds will become N/NE at 10- 15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots in the wake of the front late Tue night. Gust potential will decrease during the day Wed. VFR conditions will prevail Wed/Thu as Canadian high pressure builds into the Carolinas from the north. Sub-VFR ceilings will be possible Friday when southerly return flow develops as high pressure moves offshore the Southeast coast. Widespread adverse aviation conditions will be possible late this weekend in association with a potent upper level disturbance, attendant low pressure system and associated cold front approaching from the west. -Vincent
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&& .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Vincent NEAR TERM...Vincent SHORT TERM...Badgett LONG TERM...BSD AVIATION...Vincent

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