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FXUS61 KCTP 261031

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
631 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

High pressure will be here for a short time today. A series of
troughs will then begin to cross the region over the weekend.
Each shot of energy will knock the temperatures down a little,
and give us a few rain showers. A stretch of fair weather with
a warming trend will start Monday as high pressure builds over
the Atlantic Coast. Above normal temperatures are likely for the
middle of next week.


Typical stratus covers 80pct of the area this morning. It might
be tough to get rid of with to linger over the NW half of the
area this morning as there seems to be no sign of the lowering
inversion to our NW. Will keep on with the call that it should
break up slowly from S-N and most of it slink away very late in
the day and early this evening.


However...a fast moving wave over AR this morning which will
become caught up in the SW flow just ahead of the longest-
wavelength upper trough axis. The pressure dips only a mb or
two as it treks up the lee side of the Apps late tonight and
Friday. There will be a little moisture added into the system as
it moves northward. So, a period of rain is likely for mainly
the SE half/third of the area - centered on Fri morning. The
chance for rain tapers off to the NW and POPs will not be
noticeable for the far NW. However, 100 POPs on tap for the SErn
third of the area.

A broad area of lowered pressure and many sfc troughs will be
left circulating over ONT and the NE CONUS. The deepening trough
looks like it could cut off as it moves over the Lower Lakes in
the middle of the weekend. So, while much of Fri night looks
dry, the big trough axis generates an area of showers for
Saturday which transits most of the area. Likely POPs are on tap
for the nrn half of more of the area. Temps will still get into
the 60s in the SE, but could hold in the 40s NW.


A shot of arctic air is going to try to make it in Saturday
night and Sunday with 8H temps near -10C and 1000-500 thickness
less than 530dam. The consistency across the models is pretty
good with this mass field result, so confidence in cold temps
and a gusty NW wind is high. The lake/8H temp difference might
be enough to generate SHSN at night/Sun AM. But, it warms up
nicely on Sun. The crest/ridge axis of high pressure dropping
down from central Canada will probably be on Mon. While temps
will get cold Sat night - U20s NW to N40 SE - the worry for
frost in the areas growing now is practically nil as wind stays
up/gusty most of the night and clouds linger over the NW half
and could bleed into the ridge and valley region. Freeze/frost
will be more of a worry Sun night/Mon morning as the sky clears
out and wind would go calm. Temps Mon morning could get into the
30s everywhere and upper 20s again in the northern valleys.
But, the difference in wind and sky cover should lead to at
least a frost if not freeze in some of the growing areas. The
next chunk of counties (around AOO- UNV- IPT) does not go active
for frost/freeze products until May 1st.

The high pressure will continue to slide to the E and S and set
up along or just off the Atlantic Seaboard for the middle of the
week. Look for temperatures finally rising above average and
real spring weather arriving next week with many areas finally
seeing a substantial green-up.


Low level moisture ascending the the Appalachian Mountains will
produce stratocu across much of western and central Pa early
this morning, with the lowest cigs across the northwest
mountains. Latest model soundings and SREF prob charts support a
high probability of IFR/LIFR at KBFD through 12Z and a possible
period of IFR at KJST between 10Z-12Z. Downsloping flow further
east will result in more favorable conditions, with
predominantly MVFR cigs expected at KAOO/KUNV through 12Z, a
brief period of MVFR possible at KIPT around dawn and a near
certainty of VFR at KMDT/KLNS.

High pressure will build into the region later today, bringing
improving conditions. Any low cigs will mix out between 12Z-15Z,
with model data supporting a near certainty of widespread VFR
conditions the rest of the day.


Fri...Rain/low cigs possible, mainly eastern Pa.

Sat...AM fog possible.

Sun...Breezy. AM low cigs/flurries possible W Mtns.

Mon...No sig wx expected.




NEAR TERM...Dangelo
SHORT TERM...Dangelo
LONG TERM...Ross/Dangelo
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