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FXUS61 KCTP 220921

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
421 AM EST Wed Feb 22 2017

An extended period of very mild weather with temperatures
nearing or exceeding record levels in many locations will 
continue today through Friday. A strong cold front is expected 
to bring a few periods of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.
Gusty westerly winds, colder temperatures, and snow showers 
across the western mountains will follow the frontal passage 
for later Saturday into early Sunday.


Early morning IR Satl loop and regional radar mosaic continues 
to show plenty of high based strato cu and alto cu clouds spread
across the entire CWA. 

Nothing more than some scattered sprinkles (or perhaps a brief
rain shower) was noted on radar and sfc ob sites early this 
morning, and that will continue to be the case for much of the 
day today as a weak, washed-out frontal boundary lingers across
Northern PA or Southern New York.

We have yet another very mild early morning with temperatures 
averaging 15-20 deg above normal. low temps around sunrise will
vary from the upper 30s in parts of northern and eastern PA,
with mid and upper 40s occurring at many other locations.

A fairly thick mid cloud deck will blanket the Forecast Area 
through the late morning or early afternoon hours today,followed
by some intervals of sunshine mixing with the patchy Altocu and  
lingering Cirrus cloud deck.

Considering the mild start to the day, and GEFS mean 850 mb 
temps of 7-8C, we should see max temps easily reaching the upper
50s to lower 60s across the north, and generally mid 60s 
throughout the southern half of the state.


Periods of high clouds and a light southerly breeze tonight will
help to keep temps on the mild side, with temps a few to svrl 
deg F warmer than early Wednesday. 

Perhaps the warmest day of the late week period will occur
Thursday as the mean boundary layer flow veers around to the SW
and is accompanied by periods of sunshine. 

Consensus of all model guidance suggests just a slight chc of an
afternoon shower (or even some isolated brief TSRAs), thanks to
roughly 500-1000 j/kg of sfc-based cape on average across the 

Afternoon high temps Thursday will be near, or a few deg F above
records for Feb 23rd. Maxes will be in the lower-mid 60s north
of the I-80 corridor, and in the upper 60s to lower 70s across
the southern half of the state.


Very mild temperatures will persist for the end of the week, 
likely reaching records levels at least in some locations once 
again Friday afternoon.

The overall, large-scale pattern becomes more amplified late in
the week as a system over the central plains deepens and lifts 
into the Great Lakes. Clouds will increase late Thursday and 
Friday with warm front lifting through, and bringing increasing 
rain chances heading into the weekend, followed by a shot of 
colder/windy conditions Saturday through Sunday.


The flight category will remain predominantly VFR across 
Central PA airspace through the 22/06z TAF period with ceilings 
ranging between 5-15kft. MVFR conditions are possible at KBFD 
along with a few rain showers into the afternoon. 


Thu-Fri...Mainly VFR with possible rain showers and brief

Sat...LLWS. Strong FROPA with sub-VFR likely in moderate rain
showers. Isolated TS psbl. Post-frontal NW wind gusts 25-35kts
psbl with snow showers NW 1/3 Saturday night into early Sunday.

Sun...Sub-VFR Laurels up into the Northern Mountains along with
scattered lake enhanced snow showers. Brisk NW winds.




NEAR TERM...Lambert
SHORT TERM...Lambert
LONG TERM...Lambert/Gartner

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