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Area Forecast Discussion (AFD)

Issued by State College, PA (CTP)

FXUS61 KCTP 232125

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
525 PM EDT Thu May 23 2019

A cold front will drop south across Pennsylvania late this 
afternoon and evening. 

Cooler and dry weather will follow for Friday. The holiday 
weekend will bring warmer temperatures, higher humidity and a 
renewed chance for showers and storms at times. Memorial Day 
itself looks to offer up fantastic weather for much of the day 
with near normal temperatures and comfortably lower humidity.


Visible satellite loop showing building cumulus ahead of
approaching cold front over northwest Pa, while the rest of the
forecast area remains relatively stable in aftermath of earlier
convection. Near term model guidance indicating marginal 
instability with capes near 1000 j/kg as front pushes southeast
across the region between 23Z-05Z. Latest HRRR, NAM and 
Canadian all support the chance of an evening shower or storm 
and given the strong wind fields aloft, still can not rule out 
the threat of severe weather in a few spots.

Any scattered convection should end late this evening, as front
pushes south of the region and drier drier air sweeps in. Lows 
will drop back into the comfortable 50s to lower 60s.


In the wake of the cold front, Friday looks breezy cooler and 

The main issue will be a gusty NW wind.

Highs will be near to slightly above normal in the mid to upper
60s north and mid to upper 70s south.


Some adjustments to the grids to match others and new guidance.

After a dry day on Friday, looking at some chance of showers
and storms on Saturday, mainly late across the north and west,
as low pressure lifts northeast toward James Bay.

The cold front sags southward into our area on Sunday, keeping a
chance of showers and storms across the area into Sunday

Most if not all of Memorial day looks to be dry.

Most of Tuesday looks to be dry, perhaps a shower or storm
across the north.

Wednesday and Thursday looks to be harder to time, as a deep
Polar Vortex starts to phase with the next cold front. Thus have
some chance of showers and storms in the fcst.

This activity could linger into late Thursday night, given a
complex system. 

Maybe a risk of frost at some point after FROPA, but that is
further out than our fcst extends at this point.

Have a good holiday weekend.


Scattered showers and thunderstorms into this evening could 
produce brief reductions at central PA TAF sites. Otherwise, 
conditions should generally be VFR.

The threat of showers ends from northwest to southeast late 
this evening, with winds shifting around to the northwest.

Building high pressure will provide VFR conditions Friday under
partly to mostly sunny skies, and a breezy northwest wind could
gust 15-20 mph.

Humidity creeps back in this weekend, and cannot rule out a
scattered t-storm.


Fri...Ceiling restrictions possible early NW, then mainly VFR.

Sat...Restrictions possible near scattered tstms, mainly north.

Sun...Restrictions possible near scattered tstms, mainly west.

Mon-Tues...Generally VFR, although a spotty showers or storm is




SYNOPSIS...La Corte/Lambert
NEAR TERM...Fitzgerald/La Corte
SHORT TERM...La Corte/Lambert/Martin
LONG TERM...Martin