Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Seattle WA
300 PM PST Wed Nov 30 2016

.SYNOPSIS...Showers will decrease overnight as a trough moves
inland. Weak high pressure will build into the area Thursday.
A warm front will reach the area Friday. A stronger front will
move through the region over the weekend. A cold upper trough
will shift over the Pacific Northwest Sunday and Monday.

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.SHORT TERM...Showers in onshore flow with a cool upper trough will
diminish overnight as the trough moves east. Thursday and Thursday
night should be dry across much of Western Washington. A frontal
system will reach the area Friday with rain at times through Friday
night. The snow level will rise for a short time but should be
back below all the passes by daybreak Sat.

.LONG TERM...A stronger front will move through the area over
the weekend with a frontal passage around daybreak Sunday. There
will be strong cold advection Sunday with westerly gales coast and
Strait, maybe similar to today. The snow level will fall to around
sea level, probably Sunday night. 850mb temps over the interior of
Western Washington should be around -6C Sunday afternoon and night
which is borderline for snow in onshore flow, but with the 500mb
temp around -37C there could be decent convection and that tends to
drop the snow level down to the deck. The 1000-850mb thickness drops
to 1290m over Seattle by 12z Monday so that suggests a good chance
for lowland snow showers if there is still moisture. At some point
Fraser outflow will start up and the switch from onshore flow to NE
flow can be interesting if the moisture hasn`t dried up by then.
The 12z UW WRFGFS had spotty light snowfall at times.

&&

.AVIATION...An upper ridge will build over the area tonight and
Thursday with northwesterly flow aloft. Onshore flow will ease
tonight and Thursday as high pressure builds in from the west. The
air mass is moist and slightly unstable.

Low clouds will be prevalent tonight and Thursday. Ceilings might
lift a bit late this afternoon or evening but then come down
again a bit again tonight as onshore flow relaxes.

KSEA...Low clouds through Thursday. Clouds might lift or break up
a bit late this afternoon or evening evening but any improvement
should not last too long. Southerly wind 10-15 knots will ease to
5-10 knots this evening. Schneider

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.MARINE...Onshore flow will ease tonight and Thursday as high
pressure settles over the area. Gale west winds Coastal Waters and
Strait of Juan De Fuca should end by early this evening. A
frontal system will reach the area Friday with another round of
gales possible for the Coastal Waters and entrances to the Strait.
Another frontal system will move into the area Saturday night.
Schneider

&&

.HYDROLOGY...No river flooding is expected over the next week as
we head into a cooler weather pattern starting this weekend. The
6-10 and 8-14 day CPC outlooks both call for below normal temps.

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.SEW WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WA...None.
PZ...Small Craft Advisory from 6 PM this evening to 6 AM PST Thursday
     for Central U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-Coastal
     Waters From Cape Flattery To James Island 10 To 60 Nm-
     Coastal Waters From Cape Flattery To James Island Out 10 Nm-
     Coastal Waters From James Island To Point Grenville 10 To
     60 Nm-Coastal Waters From James Island To Point Grenville
     Out 10 Nm-Coastal Waters From Point Grenville To Cape
     Shoalwater 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal Waters From Point Grenville
     To Cape Shoalwater Out 10 Nm-East Entrance U.S. Waters
     Strait Of Juan De Fuca-West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of
     Juan De Fuca.

     Gale Warning until 6 PM PST this evening for Central U.S. Waters
     Strait Of Juan De Fuca-Coastal Waters From Cape Flattery To
     James Island 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal Waters From Cape Flattery
     To James Island Out 10 Nm-Coastal Waters From James Island
     To Point Grenville 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal Waters From James
     Island To Point Grenville Out 10 Nm-Coastal Waters From
     Point Grenville To Cape Shoalwater 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal
     Waters From Point Grenville To Cape Shoalwater Out 10 Nm-
     East Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-West
     Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca.

     Small Craft Advisory for rough bar until 7 AM PST Thursday for
     Grays Harbor Bar.

     Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM PST this evening for Admiralty
     Inlet-Northern Inland Waters Including The San Juan Islands.

     Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM PST this evening for Puget Sound
     and Hood Canal.

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