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Area Forecast Discussion (AFD)

Issued by State College, PA (CTP)

                            
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FXUS61 KCTP 181148
AFDCTP

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
748 AM EDT Mon Mar 18 2019

.SYNOPSIS...
A weak area of low pressure passing south of the state will move
offshore by midday. A light coating of snow is possible early
today along the MD border. Otherwise dry and mainly colder than
normal temperatures are expected through Tuesday. However, some
light snow or rain is possible Wednesday or Thursday and 
temperatures return closer to seasonal normals. A slight cool 
down is expected for week's end.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
Shearing and weak upper trough with a weak surface reflection/
inverted surface trof moving along and south of the Mason Dixon
line is generating widespread clouds over most of central PA,
and just a few light radar returns and at most a few flurries
across my far south this morning. Deepest moisture is being 
pooled along the Mason Dixon line in the entrance region of a 
115kt ULJ, which will support just some vlight snow along and 
south of the PA/MD border for the next few hours before the
surface wave reaches the coastal areas. Morning clouds will
slowly decrease mid to late morning as a result, but expect
afternoon self destruct cumulus across central/western/northern
areas with a stray flurry possible far north. Otherwise it will
be dry and seasonably cold.

NW flow aloft will continue with temperatures holding around 10
degrees below normal for highs. Sfc wind will be light in the 
morning, but will pick up slightly out of the NW through the 
day over the Alleghenies as slightly cooler air aloft slides 
over the area during the day. 

Other than a stray evening flurry across the north, tonight will 
be fair and cold, with broken lake clouds decreasing over the 
north and mostly clear skies to the south/southeast. Clouds may
linger longer over the NE mtns. Mins will range from the mid to
upper teens north to around 30F south/southeast.

&&

.SHORT TERM /TUESDAY/...
Surface high pressure building eastward from the Ohio Valley
will keep things fair and cool on Tuesday with a nice amount of 
sunshine expected. Highs will moderate slightly with maxes
reaching the mid to upper 30s north and the mid 40s south.

&&

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/...
Surface high pressure will move across Tuesday night. Long- 
wave trough aloft will aid keeping temperatures about 5 degrees 
below normal for this time of year and help generate some 
afternoon clouds across the north. Surface high center moves off
the coast Wednesday. Southerly flow ahead of next system along 
with March sun will warm temps to near normal. Next system will 
move in Wednesday night with good chance for rain and 
snow...snow mountains and colder locations north. Thursday a 
short-wave rotates around upr level trough bringing a chance for
scattered light showers. Drier and warmer conditions heading 
into and through the weekend. Near normal highs and lows on 
Friday and Saturday with about a 10 degree jump on Sunday 
climbing into the 60s many areas through central PA and across 
the south. Warmer trend looks to last into the 8-14 day period.

Spring officially begins at 5:58PM on Wednesday 3/20.

&&

.AVIATION /12Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...

High pressure building in from the Grt Lks should ensure
widespread VFR conditions and light winds today and through the 
evening across all of central Pa. 

.Outlook...

Tue-Wed...No sig wx expected.

Thu...AM low cigs possible W Mtns.

Fri...AM low cigs/snow showers possible W Mtns.

&&

.CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
None.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...
NEAR TERM...DeVoir
SHORT TERM...DeVoir
LONG TERM...Watson/Steinbugl
AVIATION...Ceru