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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
246 PM EST Fri Dec 13 2019

.SHORT TERM /Tonight through Saturday Night/...
Broad upper trough over the southeast will continue into late
Saturday...with flow becoming more zonal by the end of the period. A
series of short waves will rotate through the trough during this
time. The first wave...which brought rain to our area
overnight...was moving into the Carolinas. Rain will continue to
redevelop this afternoon and into the overnight as the next wave
approaches. Expect the wedge to hold until the surface front enters
western GA toward sunrise Saturday...with pops diminishing from the
west late tonight. Low pops will continue in the far north through
Saturday afternoon as the last wave moves through the TN Valley.

With easterly winds and rain...temperatures may be close to
afternoon max values with little cooling expected through the
evening. So overnight lows should be non diurnal over much of the
area. At this time no flood watch is planned.

41

.LONG TERM /Sunday through Friday/...
Only tweaks to the long term based on the latest guidance.

BDL

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION...
The start of the long-term forecast period will bring a dry respite
on Sunday with surface high pressure over the Southeast and zonal
flow aloft ahead of the next trough pushing into the southern
Rockies. Temperatures Sunday will range from the 50s north to the
mid 60s in central Georgia.

On Monday, the next system will take shape as the upper trough
swings into the Plains and a surface low develops in the ArkLaTex
region. Showers will increase across north Georgia as early as
Monday afternoon, and temperatures Monday will warm 10-15 degrees
above normal in advance of the cold front. The surface low will lift
northeastward into the Ohio Valley Monday evening into Monday
night, dragging the cold front eastward into the forecast area by
Tuesday morning. PoPs will thus be on the increase during this
time across north Georgia and transition southeastward through the
day Tuesday as the cold front pushes across the area.

Currently, the higher risk for strong/severe thunderstorms looks to
be to our west where better alignment of instability and shear will
be present. While shear will remain favorable, surface instability
will be quickly waning as the front enters the forecast area Monday
night. The risk for any strong thunderstorms will continue to be
monitored as we approach this time frame. At this time, included
slight chance thunder across the western half of the area Monday
night into Tuesday morning. Healthy rainfall totals continue to be
expected from Monday into Tuesday, specifically in far north Georgia
where widespread 1-1.5" and isolated amounts up to 2" are currently
forecast.

The front will clear the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning
bringing dry weather and much cooler temperatures. After highs
5-10 degrees below normal on Wednesday, widespread freezing
temperatures appear likely by Thursday morning.

RW

&&

.AVIATION...
18Z Update...
IFR to LIFR ceilings with rain expected to continue
with ceilings lifting and the showers ending around daybreak
Saturday. Ceilings expected to stay in the 400 to 800ft range today
and tonight then begin lifting into the MVFR range around 12z Sat
then VFR by 176z-18z Sat. Winds will stay out of the east 10 to
15kts this afternoon and evening and then turn to the west around
09z. Visibility will vary with showers and fog.

//ATL Confidence...18 Update...
Confidence is medium to high on all elements.

41

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Athens          43  54  39  61 /  80  20   5   0
Atlanta         44  53  39  60 /  80  20   5   0
Blairsville     41  46  34  54 /  80  40  20   5
Cartersville    43  52  38  60 /  80  20  10   5
Columbus        45  59  41  66 /  80  10   5   0
Gainesville     42  51  38  58 /  80  20  10   5
Macon           44  58  38  64 /  80  20   5   0
Rome            43  53  38  59 /  80  30  10   5
Peachtree City  43  54  38  62 /  80  20   5   0
Vidalia         49  61  41  66 /  80  30   5   0

&&

.FFC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...41
LONG TERM....BDL
AVIATION...41



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