Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KOKX 281805

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service New York NY
205 PM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020

Weak low pressure along a frontal boundary moves across today
and then stalls south of the area tonight. The remnants of Zeta
impacts the area on Thursday followed by a secondary coastal
low Thursday night into the first half of Friday. Strong high
pressure will quickly build Friday night and into the first half
of the weekend. A cold front then moves through late Sunday
followed by high pressure for the early part of the week.


Forecast remains on track with showers and light rain coming to
end across the area. Some light drizzle may persist for eastern
CT and eastern Long Island with improving conditions into this
afternoon, but most of the day will continue to remain cloudy.
Seasonable temperatures are expected with light winds.


Dry conditions will take place during the evening on a light
west wind. The frontal system that moved through earlier will
stall south of the area. Attention will then turn down to the
south over the Gulf states. The remnants of Zeta will push
northeast and the leading edge of that moisture will get drawn
north and arrive into the area approaching daybreak Thursday
morning. The steady rain should get into the region for late
Thursday morning across southern sections, then into Thursday
afternoon further north. The winds will increase late in the
day on Thursday and into Thursday evening, especially closer to
the coast as the remnants of Zeta gets closer and high pressure
over the Great Lakes begins to press east creating a good
pressure gradient over the area. The steady rain will continue
into Thursday evening, but then taper to some degree towards the
late evening and the first half of the overnight as the
remnants of Zeta push to the east and northeast.

The upper level trough and mid level forcing will then approach
for late Thursday night into Friday morning. A strong vort max
will pass nearby and just south of the area during Friday
morning. This should reignite light to occasionally moderate
rain across the area. As the upper level trough approaches
colder air will also begin to press down from the north on the
back side of the system. This should lead to northern most areas
going over to a wintry mix and snow towards daybreak on Friday.
With a relatively warm ground and marginal surface temperatures
the expectation for now is for little in the way of
accumulations across northern sections. This will have to be
monitored on subsequent forecast cycles.

Towards Friday afternoon much of the global guidance has the
system looking progressive enough that the trough axis gets east
of the area by 18z Friday. This will lead to precipitation
ending across most of the area for the early afternoon as
clearing begins to takes shape. QPF amounts have been nudged
down from previous forecasts, with the current rainfall totals
expected to range generally from 1.5 to 2 inches.


High pressure will build into the region Friday night. Dew
points drop dramatically into the 20s and 30s particularly for
our inland counties. This sets up the possibility of widespread
freezing temperatures Saturday morning. The dry air zeros out
the rain chances through most of the weekend. The high slides
off to the east Sunday afternoon as the next trough enters the
Northeast region. The trough and low pressure system could
initiate additional showers late Sunday and Sunday night. High
pressure is then expected to build on Monday. Temperatures fall
into the 50s to start the week following the cold front.


Weak high pressure builds in from the west through tonight.

IFR to start, improving to VFR late aftn/early evening. NW-W
winds under 10 kt.

 ...NY Metro (KEWR/KLGA/KJFK/KTEB) TAF Uncertainty...

Amendments likely for timing of category changes with the
improvement to VFR this afternoon.

.Thu PM...IFR in rain. NE gusts 20-25 kt.
.Thu Night...IFR. Rain with NNE winds 20-30 kt. Higher gusts
possible near the coast..
.Fri...IFR early, improving to VFR late. Rain ending, possible
mixed with snow as it ends at KSWF. N winds gradually
decreasing. NE-N winds near 20 kt with gusts 25-30 kt during the
day along the coast.
.Sat...VFR with light SW flow.
.Sun...MVFR and -shra possible with SW winds near 15 kt with
gusts 25-30 kt.
.Mon...Mainly VFR. NW winds 15-25kt with gusts 30-35kt.

Detailed information, including hourly TAF wind component forecasts,
can be found at: http:/


Sub SCA conditions will take place for today with the winds
relatively light and becoming SW for this afternoon and this
evening. Seas on the ocean will be mainly around 3 ft, but may
momentarily approach 4 ft towards this evening, before subsiding
closer to 3 ft into Thursday morning.

Seas will then begin to build later Thursday afternoon, and
especially into Thursday night as the winds and waves increase
from south to north. SCA conditions quickly go to gale
conditions for the ocean waters during Thursday evening,
followed by the non-ocean waters during Thursday night. By late
Thursday night into Friday morning seas on the ocean will build
to around 10 ft. Gale conditions will likely continue on the
ocean during the first half of Friday, followed by small craft
conditions late in the day and evening. The winds will continue
to come down with the seas decreasing Friday night into
Saturday morning. Sub SCA conditions return first for the non-
ocean waters some time during Friday night, followed by the
ocean waters some time Saturday afternoon as high pressure
settles in. Small craft conditions could then return Sunday into
Sunday night as a return flow from departing high pressure and
the approach of a cold front will lead to an increasing SW flow.


QPF for Thursday into Friday morning averages around 1.5 to 2
inches. Most of this should be of fairly long duration, with
only minor impacts. The period of moderate to occasionally
heavier rainfall is for Thursday afternoon and evening, but
nothing more than nuisance urban poor drainage type flooding is
expected at this time.


The combination of a strengthening NE flow Thursday into Thursday
night along with the approach of the full moon this weekend
raises the strong potential for a widespread minor to locally
moderate coastal flood event for the high tide cycle Friday

Preference at this time was to lean on the higher end of the
guidance, averaging the higher end of the Steven`s ensemble with
the ETSS and ESTOFS. This results in a surge of 2 to 2 1/2 ft
with locally up to 3 ft. Potential limiting factors at this time
include how quickly the flow becomes northerly Friday morning
and the progression of the system. Models have trended faster
with the remnant low of Zeta passing to the south Thursday night
and the developing coastal low moving off the Mid Atlantic
coast Friday morning.


MARINE...Gale Watch from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon for


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