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FXUS61 KPBZ 212005

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA
305 PM EST Thu Nov 21 2019

Generally light rain will accompany a cold front which will cross 
late tonight and Friday morning. Another system will provide rain 
and snow shower chances over the weekend. Seasonably chilly
temperatures can be expected.


A warm front continues to lift across the CWA this afternoon as a
mid-level ridge continues off to the east. Mid-level cloud cover has
overspread the region, but the low levels remain quite dry as noted 
on morning soundings. So, despite increased isentropic lift, it will
take a bit for the boundary layer to moisten sufficiently to allow 
rain to reach the surface. Thus, only sprinkles or very light rain is
expected through sunset, with PoPs increasing thereafter as 
condensation pressure deficits lower and allow more precipitation to 
reach the ground.

Overnight, upper support for precipitation remains fairly weak
initially ahead of the advancing cold front. Towards morning, the
approaching mid-level shortwave will provide a better opportunity for
lift. Areas near and south of the Mason-Dixon Line will also be
closest to right entrance region jet dynamics, enhancing
precipitation here a bit, and thus the highest PoPs were place here
towards morning ahead of the cold front, which will lie somewhere in
the CWA at 12Z. Temperatures will remain quite mild initially ahead
of the front, before dropping into the upper 30s to mid 40s toward


Precipitation coverage will begin to decrease Friday morning as the
cold front exits along with the support for lift. Low-level ridging
quickly builds in behind the front with moisture evacuating as well,
so despite low-level NW flow, there will not be much opportunity for
lingering lake-induced showers. The boundary layer may cool in time
to allow a few snowflakes to fall just before precipitation ends, 
but this is not expected to have any impact. All precipitation will 
cease by later Friday afternoon, with temperatures dropping a bit 
below normal once again.

A brief period of ridging will provide dry weather Friday night and
into Saturday morning. The next mid-level wave will then ride up the
Ohio Valley through Saturday night. The NAM keeps this wave further
south than most other guidance and is discounted. This system will be
able to scoop up better moisture than the previous one as
cyclogenesis occurs near the Gulf Coast, with southwest flow bringing
a 0.75-1.0 inch PWAT air mass into our southern counties by Saturday,
which will help push QPF to around a quarter-inch.

Colder air wrapping in from the west behind the surface low will
allow a mix with or change to snow Saturday night. However, with the
dendritic growth layer remaining in the mid-levels and with a
relatively warm ground, accumulation should be limited to a dusting
in scattered cases. Overall, temperatures will remain fairly seasonable
for Saturday and Saturday night.


Some precipitation will linger into Sunday before ridging takes hold.
Minor upslope enhancement could occur in WNW flow during the morning,
but lake enhancement appears unlikely due to insufficient lake/air 
delta-T values. Any additional very minor snow accumulation will be
limited to the higher ridges.

Surface ridging will provide mainly dry weather Sunday night through
Tuesday. Temperatures will rebound back to warmer-than-normal levels
in southwest flow. The next system will likely impact the region
during the Tuesday night-Wednesday period, with a low pressure center
crossing the Great Lakes. Much uncertainty remains with the track and
intensity of this low, with the ensembles providing a wide range of
solutions. Relied on the model blends for now, with precipitation
chances lingering into Wednesday night. A mostly dry and seasonable
Thanksgiving Day is currently in the forecast, with high pressure


VFR is expected through the day with increasing mid-level clouds as 
a trough approaches from the west. A warm front will lift through 
the region late this afternoon/evening, with some very light showers 
possible along the front and stronger S/SW winds behind it. A 
low-level jet ahead of the approaching trough will create a period 
of LLWS at all sites, primarily btwn the warm and cold frontal

MVFR/IFR conditions and mostly light rain showers is expected with 
approach and passage of the sfc cold front Friday morning. The 
passage of the shortwave trough and increasing sfc high pressure in
the wake of the cold front Friday will end showers and bring a 
return to VFR conditions.

Restrictions are likely with the next low pressure system this 



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