Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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FXUS61 KPHI 260250

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
1050 PM EDT Tue Sep 25 2018

A warm front will lift farther north of the area overnight. A
cold front will move across the East Coast later on Wednesday,
and stall south of the area as high pressure builds out of the
Midwest and into New England Thursday. A weak area of low
pressure is forecast to move along the front to our south on
Friday, then another cold front is forecast to move across the
East Coast Saturday. High pressure builds across the Northeast
Saturday night into Sunday, then offshore on Monday.


Showers and thunderstorms continue to move out to sea. A warm
and humid air mass remains in its wake, and can expect fog
development through overnight, along with abundant low clouds.

A few showers may move in from the west during the overnight,
but showers should be light.

Lows generally in the 60s to around 70.


The warm front should be north of the forecast area on
Wednesday and the start of the day looks to be a bit on the
dreary side as low clouds remain across the region. As we head
towards late morning, the clouds should start to lift and some
clearing may occur.

A cold front will move towards our area from the west Wednesday
afternoon, crossing through our region on Wednesday evening.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the 70s and 80s across
the forecast area, which will help to increase the surface
instability. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop
ahead of the front in the warm sector by Wednesday afternoon and
then continue through Wednesday evening/night as the front
makes its way towards the coast. SPC continues to have much of
our forecast area in a Slight Risk for severe storms. While the
shear doesn`t look great, it should be enough to allow for
strong enough updrafts within convection. Storm motion continues
to look like it will be on the faster side so heavy rainfall
should move through quickly and not persist at any one location
for too long of a time.

However, much of the severe potential remains conditional on
the timing of the front. A slightly later arrival and/or slower
moving front and we may not see quite as much action across the
area. A slower front may also mean that rainfall rates persist
over locations longer, increasing the flash flood threat.

Storms will start to end from west to east as the front moves
through with a northwest flow developing behind the front.


The cold front that moves across the area late in the day
Wednesday will continue to push offshore through Wednesday
night. There will likely still be some showers across portions
of southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland into the evening
as the front moves offshore. There may even be some lingering
showers across far southern Delaware and Maryland overnight as
there could be some enhanced moisture and lift just north of the
front as it sags south of the area.

Thursday should be dry for most places, except again southern
New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland where moisture may begin to
move into the area late in the day ahead of the frontal boundary
to our south that may begin lifting back toward the area as a
warm front. Showers may continue to spread northward overnight
Thursday into Friday as the warm front lifts across the area,
and an area of low pressure develops along the boundary to our
south and moves out to sea during the day Friday.

Another weak, and dry frontal boundary is forecast to move
across the area on Saturday, with high pressure building into
the area overnight Saturday. This should bring dry weather back
to the forecast, and a brief return of cooler weather.

Sunday through Tuesday night...Once the cold front passes to
our south, we will enjoy a couple days of dry weather before the
front begins to lift north as a warm front, preceding another
area of low pressure moving out of the Great Plains toward the
Great Lakes. Highs should remain near normal in the low 70s to
the south and low 60s to the north over the southern Poconos. As
the front lifts north Monday night, highs should rise a few
degrees more on Tuesday into the mid 70s for most areas. At this
time, any rain looks to hold off until late Tuesday night into
early Wednesday morning. Confidence in the progression of the
warm front is still relatively low as models have not reached a
consensus on the placement/development of the low to our west.


The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG,
KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.

Overnight...IFR/LIFR conditions developing tonight. Potential
for VLIFR as well. LGT/VRB winds.

Wednesday...IFR/LIFR conditions to start the day but
improvement to VFR is expected by midday. Periods of MVFR/IFR
possible in showers and thunderstorms ahead of an approaching
cold front. West to southwest winds around 10 knots.

Wednesday night...Showers and thunderstorms possible in the
evening may lower conditions, then becoming VFR overnight. Winds
shift to northwest then north behind the front and may gust
15-20 knots.

Thursday...Generally VFR expected. North winds early become
east then southeast during the day.

Thursday night-Friday...VFR early Thursday evening, becoming
MVFR overnight into Friday with a chance of showers. Southeast
winds Thursday night become more easterly Friday.

Friday night...MVFR conditions early become VFR during the
evening and overnight. Winds become northwest.

Saturday-Sunday...VFR conditions expected.


The Small Craft Advisory continues on the ocean through
Wednesday night as seas will remain well above 5 feet through
Wednesday. South winds 10-20 kt.

Showers and thunderstorms over the waters are possible through
Wednesday. Winds and seas will be higher in the vicinity of any
thunderstorms that develop.

Wednesday night...Small Craft Advisory remains in effect
through Wednesday night as seas remain elevated.

Thursday...Small Craft Advisory may need to be extended as seas
may remain elevated into the day and winds may gust around 25
knots early in the day.

Thursday night-Sunday...Conditions likely to remain below Small
Craft Advisory criteria, although winds may gust around 20
knots at times.

There is a moderate risk for the development of dangerous rip
currents at NJ and DE ocean beaches on Wednesday.


The potential for minor tidal flooding on the upper eastern
shore of Chesapeake Bay has ended. As a result, the Coastal
Flood Advisory has been cancelled.


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM EDT Thursday for ANZ450>455.



Near Term...Meola/MPS
Short Term...Meola
Long Term...Davis/Robertson
Tides/Coastal Flooding...Iovino is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.