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918 FXUS61 KPBZ 232149 AAA AFDPBZ Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 549 PM EDT Mon Apr 23 2018 .SYNOPSIS... Slow- moving low pressure will return rain chances late tonight through mid-week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM TUESDAY MORNING/... Showers spreading north and east ahead of a surface low are finding it difficult to reach the ground, as a very dry atmosphere is in place across the region. Have slowed the onset of showers overnight and any initial rainfall would likely be in the form of sprinkles until the lower levels saturate. Temperatures have been updated with a blend of the latest hires model guidance. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/... Better rain chances are expected Tue with increasing deep- layer moisture and dynamic support as the closed upper low drifts newd, despite downsloping, shallow sely low-level flow. The sely wind is expected to become gusty on the lee side of the ridges, though model sounding progs indicate the strongest winds capped above an inversion with gusts of 20-30 kt expected. Although the closed low will decay into an open wave, new models suggest that the wave may not phase as effectively as previously thought with an approching nrn-stream wave. As a result, there may come a precipitation gap in wrn PA Tue night before greater coverage returns with the arrival of the nrn wave on Wed. By Wed afternoon, moisture will be shunted ewd, with any rain showers quickly shifting to the ridges and nrn lake-enhancement zones. Lowering inversion heights and eroding moisture should lead to a rapid decrease in precipitation. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... The last in a series of shortwave troughs will impact the region on Fri as it drives a cold front across the Great Lakes. Increasing rain chances can be expected to end the work week, but the track of the wave may preclude a widespread wet day. Thereafter, an overall pattern shift appears to be in the offing, with a strong wrn-CONUS trough and amplifying ern-CONUS ridge. This pattern of rising heights and a strengthening upper ridge spells a general warming trend for the region, with dry wx and a return to seasonal temperature over the weekend. && .AVIATION /22Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... VFR conditions are expected to continue through the afternoon and overnight hours of the TAF period, although clouds will begin to thicken and lower. Light rain will arrive mainly after 00Z as the initially dry low levels hinder the advance of precipitation northward. MVFR cig and vis may start to arrive toward sunrise. Wind gusts up to 20 knots are expected areawide this afternoon out of the southeast. OUTLOOK... MVFR/IFR conditions are likely Tuesday through Wednesday for all sites with slow moving low pressure. && .PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. OH...None. PA...None. WV...None. && $$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.