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National Weather Service Taunton Massachusetts
1244 PM EST Thursday Nov 27 2014

scattered light snow showers or flurries will develop through this
afternoon across the region. A trough of low pressure may
produce accumulating snow across eastern Massachusetts including the Boston
area late tonight into Friday. Elsewhere just light snow or flurries
are expected. Dry but cold weather follows Friday night into
Sat before more light snow or flurries Sat night. Dry and milder
weather arrives sun and into early next week.


Near term /until 6 PM this evening/...
1245 PM update...flurries and snow showers are a bit slower to
move into southern New England than previously thought but are
still expected to move into the region later on this afternoon.
Otherwise...only minor updates were made.

Previous discussion below...

Leftover light snow from the exiting low pressure heading NE out of
the Gulf of Maine continues across S New Hampshire/north central and east Massachusetts while
a mix of light rain and snow reported on Cape Cod and the islands
at 09z. NE regional 88d radar showing the light precipitation moving into
northern New England...though a few spots hanging in across east Massachusetts.
Should see precipitation end over the next few hours.

For today...expect a brief break in the action as weak high pressure
ridge builds across by around midday. May see some brightening of
the sky as lower clouds move out. However...500 mb long wave trough
remains west of the region and will begin to shift east this afternoon.
Weak surface reflection of an 500 mb short wave moving around the base of
the long wave trough across western NC/Virginia will rotate off the
coast this afternoon then push NE. As it moves across the
Atlantic...will pick up some moisture along with the associated lift
and bring them into the region. By sunset...noting the trough is
showing some good cyclonic spin as it approaches New England with
negative tilt troughing on the backside.

Have mentioned slight chance to low chance probability of precipitation for this afternoon
but not a lot of quantitative precipitation forecast associated with this so will see light rain
and/or snow showers. Colder air continues to filter across...with
850 mb temperatures dropping to -5c to -8c by the end of the day. Expect
highs only in the middle 30s to lower 40s.


Short term /6 PM this evening through 6 am Friday/...
negative tilt troughing shifts east during the night as long wave trough
approaches...keeping low level clouds and moisture across the
region. This trough will begin to set up across central and
eastern looks like decent shot for precipitation though
remains light across western areas. Depending upon where this
trough sets could bring in some more low level moisture
off the ocean. 00z and 06z NAM and GFS both showing this rather
well. May see just enough low level convergence to bring round of
light rain and/or snow especially across east MA/RI. Big question
will be how much moisture will work in. 06z GFS showing about 1/4
inch quantitative precipitation forecast so...depending upon how much energy gets going due to the
cold air working over the above normal coastal waters...could see
a period of decent snowfall mainly after midnight in the area of

This situation will be monitored very closely. More details on
this in the long term section.

Cold air continues to filter in...with lows dropping to the
20s...though holding between 30 and 35 on the Outer Cape and
Nantucket closer to the milder waters.


Long term /Friday through Thursday/...
updated 430 am

*** accumulating snow possible late tonight into early Friday afternoon
across eastern Massachusetts from Cape Ann to Boston to Cape Cod ***


Interesting setup for possible norlun type trough along the eastern
Massachusetts coastline from Cape Ann southward through the city of Boston...
Plymouth County to Cape Cod tonight into early Friday afternoon. Robust
northern stream trough moves across the area tonight and Friday...
inducing an inverted trough from offshore low northwestward back
into eastern New England. The middle level trough will provide modest
synoptic scale lift and will combine with mesoscale frontal scale
forcing from the inverted trough to yield a narrow band of
modest/appreciable quantitative precipitation forecast. Both the NAM /00z and 06z/ and GFS have an
axis of quantitative precipitation forecast up to 0.25 inches from Cape Ann southward into Boston
and through coastal Plymouth County. Embedded in this area of quantitative precipitation forecast is
a bullseye of 0.50 to 0.60 inches over the Outer Cape.

Above average confidence in this quantitative precipitation forecast as low level streamline
analysis indicates strong convergence vicinity of the inverted
trough along with steep lapse rates and nearly saturated within and
above the area of ascent. Thus the forcing should have a strong
response as instability will be realized. In addition BUFKIT time
sections from the NAM and GFS both suggest at least some of the lift
will occur in the dendritic snow growth region which may provide a
bit of boost to snow to liquid ratios...say 12-1 to 15-1.

Ptype will be snow as temperatures aloft are cold fairly cold...-8c at 850
mb by 12z Friday. However across the Outer Cape /east of hya/...
despite a north-northeast wind backing to north-northwest this surface wind trajectory will
be crossing over water temperatures of 45-50. BUFKIT soundings indicate
this blyr warmth...which may partially erode via moderate to heavy
precipitation /dynamical and diabatic cooling/. However snow may struggle
to accumulate on paved surfaces here.

So with all of this in mind there is a moderate risk /30-60 percent/
of accumulating snow across eastern Massachusetts late tonight into early Friday
afternoon. Given model quantitative precipitation forecast early indications are for a moderate risk
of 2-4 inches of snow...except less on the Outer Cape given marginal
surface temperatures. Low risk /less than 30 percent/ of up to 6 inches or
so if inverted trough lingers long enough over eastern Massachusetts. However
these inverted/norlun troughs are very difficult to pinpoint
especially 30-42 hours in advance. For example if the inverted trough
shifts 25 miles or so farther east most of the snow will remain
offshore. Thus big bust potential. Forecast confidence not high
enough to issue a Winter Storm Watch and still too much uncertainty
for an advisory. Thus to heighten public awareness and convey the
uncertainty will issue a Special Weather Statement. It won't take
much for this event to have some impact given the number of Holiday
travelers/shoppers on the roads tonight and Friday morning. So stay
tuned to later forecasts and discussions.

This weekend...

Quiet and cold early Sat then increasing clouds with a chance of
light snow or flurries late in the day or at night as weak warm air advection
pattern sets up.

By Sunday warm front lifts north of the area with milder
temperatures...u40s to l50s.

Next week...

Mild to start the week with highs 50-55 Monday ahead of an
approaching cold front. Chance of showers late Monday/Monday night ahead
of polar front. Much colder Tuesday with 1040 mb high over Quebec. Next
chance of precipitation middle of next week as warm air advection pattern sets up. Could
be some mixed precipitation as cold airmass may be slow to


Aviation /18z Thursday through Tuesday/...
forecaster confidence levels...

Low...less than 30 percent.
Moderate...30 to 60 percent.
High...greater than 60 percent.

Short term /through Friday/...moderate confidence.

Through 00z...a mix of ceilings across the area though mostly
VFR/MVFR. IFR ceilings on the Outer Cape. -Shsn move into southern New
England from New York state through the afternoon.

Tonight...MVFR ceilings move across the region. Precipitation develops across
east Massachusetts into Rhode Island...possibly as far west as inverted
trough takes shape near the coast after 06z. Areas of MVFR-IFR
visibilities develop in rain and/or snow. Visibilities should remain mainly VFR
across central and western areas...though patchy fog may form late
at night.

Friday...snow/rain showers will continue through middle-morning along
the East Coast of mass...possibly as far inland as orh-ijd. Precipitation
comes to an end after noon and conditions will improve to VFR by
Friday evening.

Kbos terminal...high confidence today...lower confidence tonight in
exact timing as precipitation develops.

Kbdl terminal...high confidence.

Outlook...Saturday through Monday...moderate confidence.

Saturday-Sunday...VFR with potential MVFR late Sat/Sat night in a
period of light snow or flurries. Also potential for low level
wind shear Sunday.

Monday...cold front moves across New England with scattered showers.
Brief MVFR ceilings/visibilities in any showers. Continued southwest winds
ahead of the front with 35-40 knots at 2000 feet above ground level and potential
low level wind shear.


forecaster confidence levels...

Low...less than 30 percent.
Moderate...30 to 60 percent.
High...greater than 60 percent.

Short term /through tonight/...moderate to high confidence.

Today...expect light winds but seas will remain high. Small craft
advisories are up for seas through tonight.

Tonight...leftover small craft seas should subside...though may
linger on the outer waters. Visibilities will lower in areas of snow
and/or rain with some patchy fog.

Outlook...Friday through Monday...moderate confidence.

Updated 430 am

Friday...low visibility possible in snow across eastern Massachusetts waters. Snow
near shore with rain offshore. Visibility improving in the afternoon and
especially at night.

Saturday-Sunday...southwest winds gusting to 20 to 25 knots
Saturday and around 25 knots Sunday. Seas will be less than 5 feet
Saturday and then build to 5 to 6 feet on the exposed waters
Sunday. A Small Craft Advisory may be needed Sunday.

Monday...southwest winds gusting 20 to 25 knots until the cold front
moves through. Winds then shift to west-northwest behind the front
with similar gusts. Seas on the exposed waters will be 5 to 8 feet.
A Small Craft Advisory may be needed.


Box watches/warnings/advisories...
New Hampshire...none.
Rhode Island...none.
Marine...Small Craft Advisory until 3 PM EST this afternoon for anz231-
Small Craft Advisory until 9 PM EST this evening for anz235-
Small Craft Advisory until midnight EST tonight for anz250-251.
Small Craft Advisory until 6 am EST Friday for anz254>256.


near term...nocera/rlg/evt
short term...evt
long term...nocera

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