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FXUS61 KAKQ 020813

National Weather Service Wakefield VA
313 AM EST Tue Mar 2 2021

Canadian high pressure builds in from the northwest today. Low
pressure tracks off the Carolina coast Wednesday. High pressure
returns later in the week.


As of 310 AM EST Tuesday...

The secondary cold front has nearly cleared the FA early this
morning. Temperatures have fallen into the upper 30s-low 40s in
most areas, with dew points generally in the 20s. Skies are
clear north, with BKN high clouds across the srn half of the FA.
The high clouds are expected to clear from N-S this morning,
with temperatures falling into the low-mid 30s (upper 20s
possible N and NW) by sunrise. High pressure over the Ohio
Valley becomes centered over the area by late today before
weakening as it drifts to just offshore of the NC Outer Banks by
tonight. Cooler today with 850 mb temperatures of -3 to
-5C by afternoon. Highs today are forecast to be in the low 40s
on the Lower Ern Shore, mid 40s near the bay/coast, and upper
40s to around 50F inland. Gusty NNW winds (to 20-35 mph) will
persist along the coast (highest on the Ern Shore) this morning
before diminishing during the aftn.

An upper low currently over ern Oklahoma becomes an open wave as it
moves E/ESE to a position over the srn Appalachians by late tonight.
Skies remain mostly clear this evening, with high clouds increasing
across the south late. Forecast lows are mainly in the upper 20s-
around 30F (with low 30s across the far SE), although temperatures
may begin to level off/increase slightly across the S once high
clouds arrive.


As of 310 AM EST Tuesday...

The upper shortwave moves off the Carolina coast on Wed. At the
surface, low pressure organizes near the South Carolina coast
Wednesday morning before quickly pushing offshore by the
afternoon. the 00z/02 deterministic and ensemble guidance has
trended further S with the track of the low, and now keeps all
of the QPF south of the FA. Have dropped PoPs to 14% or lower N
of the VA-NC border on Wed, and will just keep slight chc PoPs
(w/ no QPF) over NE NC. Skies will average out partly/mostly
sunny NW with mostly cloudy skies SE. Have raised high
temperatures by a couple degrees given the further south track
of the low (and thus more sunshine...especially N) Forecast
highs range from the mid 50s SE to the upper 50s-around 60F W
and NW.

The sky clears Wednesday night with low temperatures falling into
the 30s. High pressure builds in from the NW Thursday with seasonal
high temperatures in the 50s in most areas (upper 40s-near 50F
on the Ern Shore) under a mostly sunny sky.


As of 310 AM EST Tuesday...

Mainly dry weather for Thursday night through early next week. The
only exception would be if northern stream energy digging down
through the Ohio Valley late Saturday is able to interact with low
pressure deepening off the Southeast coast. Then there would be the
possibility of pcpn wrapping back inland into portions of SE VA and
NE NC. However, there continues to be no model support for any pcpn
this weekend (even the 00z/02 EPS/GEFS means have no QPF across
the area from Sat/Sun). Will continue to keep the forecast dry
for now unless better model/ensemble support develops. Highs
through the period will generally be in the mid 40s to low 50s.
Lows in the 20s and 30s.


As of 1245 AM EST Tuesday...

VFR conditions will prevail through the 06z TAF period as high
pressure builds in from the north. BKN high clouds will slowly
push south into the Carolinas this morning, giving way to mainly
SKC conditions later today. Gusty NNW-NW winds (to 20-25 kts)
are expected through 15-18z before winds diminish this aftn as
the high builds closer to the area. Winds turn to the S (and
will be around 5 kts) tonight as the high weakens and becomes
centered just to the SE of the terminals.

Low pressure tracks to our south on Wed. Any rain associated
with this system most likely stays S of the terminals. High
pressure returns thru Sat.


As of 245 AM EST Tuesday...

A secondary/dry cold front will be clearing the local waters
shortly. Strong CAA underway and expected to continue this
morning before waning this afternoon. Wind probs and model
blends remain consistent about a period strong SCA/low gales
(gusts) for the far nrn Ches Bay and the ocean waters off the
MD/VA ern shore through early today. Elsw...a decent period of
SCAs expected through this morning. Winds diminish this
afternoon/evening as sfc hi pres arrives from the W. As quickly
as winds diminish/become VRB later today...SSW winds develop by
Wed morning as the sfc hi pres moves off the coast. Lo pres
passes south of the local waters Wed into Wed night. Another
period of CAA/enhanced NW winds expected Thu-Thu night in which
SCAs would likely be necessary.

Regarding headlines...SCAs/Gale Warnings remain in place.
Headlines should come down Tue afternoon/evening. May need a SCA
(again) by late tonight/early Wed morning (esp on the Ches Bay)
for poss SW winds to 20 kt.


As of 245 AM EST Tuesday...

Flood Warning remains in effect for Richmond-Westham as the gauge
is just above flood stage right now. See FLSAKQ for details.


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 10 AM EST this morning for ANZ633-
     Small Craft Advisory until noon EST today for ANZ631-632-634.
     Gale Warning until 6 AM EST early this morning for ANZ630.
     Gale Warning until 9 AM EST this morning for ANZ650-652-654.
     Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EST this evening for ANZ656-


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