Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KCTP 231126
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
726 AM EDT Sat Mar 23 2019

.SYNOPSIS...
Improving weather conditions are expected over the weekend.
Gusty winds will subside into tonight and temperatures will
rebound nicely on Sunday. Aside from light precipitation
potential on Monday, a prolonged period of dry weather appears
likely to last until next weekend.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
Gusty winds on the backside of deep storm over the Bay of Fundy
will subside into tonight as the storm moves north into the
Gulf of St. Lawrence. Models are bullish in quickly dissipating
shallow stratocu clouds across central PA early this morning.
Lake Huron band will likely keep clouds around longer over the
Laurel Highlands. Despite clouds breaking for late-March sun,
max temperatures will be -5 to -15 degrees below average and
only reach the mid 30s-40s. Factor in the wind, and it will feel
like mid 20s-30s. Mainly clear tonight with min temps much
closer to climo values.

&&

.SHORT TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
A nice rebound in temperatures on Sunday with highs +10-15
degrees warmer than Saturday. Clouds will increase into Sunday
night with the next frontal system possibly bringing some light
precipitation to the area by Monday morning. Model QPF trends
shifted light amounts to the south, focusing over the southern
1/2 to 1/3 of central PA Monday during the day. This would favor
a lower risk for rain/snow on the northern edge of pcpn in
northern PA, where temperatures will be marginally cold enough
to support mix. Precip shifts to the south with dry wx likely
Monday night.

&&

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
We are pretty confident in a prolonged period of dry wx this
period, as large area of high pressure dominates the regional
pattern. We are also bullish on a warming trend toward above
average temperatures starting around midweek, but will need to
watch for potential cool-air damming. NBM does a decent job in
mitigating timing differences with pcpn associated with frontal
system around the end of the month.

&&

.AVIATION /11Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
Satellite imagery at 11Z is showing stratocu rapidly breaking
up over the high terrain of central Pa, as pocket of very cold
air aloft exits the region. Model soundings indicate mvfr cigs
could linger until around 13Z at KJST, then widespread vfr
conditions appear certain the rest of the day.

An intense low pressure system over the Canadian Maritimes will
maintain gusty northwest winds across central Pa through today.
Bufkit soundings support frequent gusts in the 25-30kt range
through early this evening. High pressure will build into the
region this evening, causing winds to diminish.

.Outlook...

Sun...No sig wx expected.

Mon...AM rain/low cigs possible, mainly N and W Mtns.

Tue-Wed...No sig wx expected.

&&

.FIRE WEATHER...
Gusty northwest winds 20+ mph and minimum RHs below 30% are
expected this afternoon. Low RH is also forecast on Sunday, but
with lighter winds. Fine fuel moisture (per coordination with
fire wx partners) will remain above 10% through the weekend,
and therefore no fire wx headlines are expected at this time.

&&

.CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
None.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...Steinbugl
NEAR TERM...Steinbugl
SHORT TERM...Steinbugl
LONG TERM...Steinbugl
AVIATION...Fitzgerald
FIRE WEATHER...


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