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National Weather Service Taunton Massachusetts
646 am EST Mon Nov 20 2017

low pressure in eastern Quebec provides blustery and chilly
conditions across southern New England today. The high moves
south of the region Tue as winds shift to the southwest along
with milder temperatures. A cold front approaches the region
Tuesday night, and will combine with moisture working up the
eastern Seaboard to bring showers across the region through
Wednesday. Dry and cold conditions expected Wednesday night
through the end of the week. A cold front may bring showers
Friday night into Saturday.


Near term /until 6 PM this evening/...

635 am update...

Noting the bands of lake effect snow showers that have pushed
across central and western areas over the last few hours have
been tending to dissipate, though still seeing a few of the
bands holding together as they cross the Berkshires into the east
slopes. Also noting some ocean effect snow showers developing
since 10z S of Nantucket and north of kpvc on NE regional 88d radar

West-northwest wind gusts are starting to pick up, reaching 35 kt at kbid
and korh and 31 kt at kfit at 11z behind a passing short wave.

Other than clouds associated with the snow bands, noting mostly
clear skies across central and eastern areas with clouds
lingering from the east slopes of the Berkshires westward as seen
on latest GOES-13 satellite loop. Should see more clouds develop
during the morning with very cold air aloft.

Near term conditions were in pretty good shape, but have updated
to bring current.

Previous discussion...

Fairly high amplitude mid level mean trough moving through the
region this morning with 500 mb temps down to about -36c over
Lake Ontario per early morning Storm Prediction Center mesoanalysis. This
instability combined with cyclonic flow over the northeast
yielding periods of cloudiness across southern New England.
Embedded with this large scale flow are a Few Lake effect snow
streamers from New York state traversing CT into Rhode Island with another band
over northwest Massachusetts.

00z NAM and other hi res guidance capturing these Narrow Lake
effect bands very well, so leaned on this guid for the morning
hours. Not expecting much snow but a few of these bands may
briefly lower vsby and leave a quick dusting or coating behind.
However most locations will remain dry. By afternoon model low
level streamlines indicates trajectory will shift into northwest
Massachusetts. Thus any snow shower/flurries this afternoon will be
focused over this region.

Otherwise a mix of sun and clouds today, chilly with blustery
west-northwest winds up to 35 mph. Colder than normal with highs only
40-45 except only mid to upper 30s across the high terrain. It
will feel even colder give the gusty west-northwest winds. Normal highs
for 11/20 should be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.


Short term /6 PM this evening through 6 PM Tuesday/...

330 am update...


Mid level mean trough kicks eastward with height rises
overspreading the region as mean ridge pushes toward New
England. Anticyclonic flow will provide dry weather. Some
mid/high clouds may clip western Massachusetts as warm front lifts
northward across New York state into Vermont. This transition/airmass
change will result in temps not as cold as this morning along
with less wind, with winds shifting from west-northwest to south-southwest. So coolest
temps likely this evening and then temps leveling off or rising
toward morning especially along the coast.


Short wave ridging across New England as next northern stream
trough dives into the Great Lakes. Thus dry weather expected.
Tightening south-southwest pgrad as high pres moves offshore as cold front
enters eastern lakes. A robust low level south-southwest jet of 40-45 kt
develops over the area Tue. Given warm air advection pattern blyr not fully
mixed but model sndgs indicate up to 35 kt/40 mph possible. So a
windy day but this low level warm air advection pattern will provide mild
conditions as 925 mb temps warm to about +5c, supporting highs
in the mid to upper 50s, except low 50s across the high terrain.
About 5-8 degs warmer than normal. Should be a mostly sunny day
as well.


Long term /Tuesday night through Sunday/...

* leftover SW wind gusts Tuesday evening ahead of approaching
cold front
* Atlantic moisture will stream across the region as the cold
front pushes across late Tuesday night and Wednesday
* dry but chilly for Thanksgiving day and Friday
* a cold front may bring some showers Fri night into early next


Continued progressive mid level steering pattern noting during
most of this forecast period. However, will see amplified but
progressive 500 mb trough dig across the eastern U.S. Tuesday night
into Wednesday. Most models still signaling low pressure
developing off the southeast coast and will combine with 500 mb short wave
approaching New England to bring tropical moisture up the coast
late Tue night and Wednesday.

As the front pushes offshore Wed night, will see mainly dry
weather but colder than average temperatures for Thanksgiving
and Friday as high pressure ridge builds in. Models showing some
timing and track differences of another low that looks to pass
S and east of Cape Cod Thu night into Fri as another 500 mb trough digs
across the eastern Seaboard. Strong low pressure across southern
Canada will bring another cold front moving across late Fri
night or Sat that may linger further into next weekend.

Expect temperatures to run close to or below normals through
this period.


Tuesday night and Wednesday...high confidence.

High pres at the surface and aloft moves off the eastern
Seaboard Tue night. Rather strong pressure gradient on western
periphery of the high. Low level jet at 45-50 kt from h95 to
h925 Tue evening across S coastal Massachusetts and S Rhode Island along with the
leftover low level lapse rates (on order of 7-8c/km) through
around midnight may be enough for some SW wind gusts up to 30-35
kt or a bit higher. During the early morning hours, will see
pres gradient between the high and approaching front relax and
the low level jet move offshore.

Noting inverted troughing off the Carolina coast with S-southeast
winds bringing surge of low level moisture up the coast on the
backside of the high, then gets caught up in the S-SW flow ahead
of approaching cold front. Models continue to signal weak
tropical or subtropical low form off the Florida coast which will
ride NE in the low level flow.

The moisture plume will enhance the precip across eastern areas
as the low passes east of the 40n/70w benchmark. Showers will move
into S coastal areas late Tue night with the best quantitative precipitation forecast amounts
moving in Wednesday, with the highest amounts forecast along east
coastal areas on the order of 0.4 to 0.7 inches.

The cold front pushes through late Wed/Wed evening, with rain
possibly changing over to snow showers across the east slopes of
the Berkshires before ending. Not expecting much in the way of
accumulations there. The colder air works in Wed night as skies
become mostly clear, though some clouds linger along S coastal

Thanksgiving and Friday...high confidence.

Behind the front on Wednesday, cold air advection will move back into the
region for Thursday. High pressure ridging builds across the
region with a dry but cool day expected for Thanksgiving.

Another mid level short wave moves across Thu night and Friday,
but the moisture remains north of the region so expect to see
continued dry and cool conditions.

Friday night through Sunday...low to moderate confidence.

Expect dry conditions Fri night as high pressure moves east.
May see a dry cold front move across, then stall S of the
region. Low pressure moves across central Canada, with its
associated front approaching. This may bring a chance of light
mixed precip to the east slopes of the Berkshires after midnight
then will change over to rain Sat morning as the precip
progresses eastward. Not a lot of confidence on the timing of
this front, and whether precip may linger into Sat night. Looks
like another shot of cold air works in late next weekend but
mainly dry conditions seen for now.


Aviation /12z Monday through Friday/...
forecaster confidence levels...

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

Short term /through Tuesday/...high confidence.

1140z update...

Through today...

VFR conditions with scattered-broken clouds at 5-6kft, though may see
brief MVFR conditions in isolated snow showers which should
taper off by mid morning. West-northwest winds with gusts up to 30-35 kt,
highest across central and western areas. Higher terrain may see
gusts up to 40 kt.

Tonight...VFR. Diminishing wind and becoming south-southwest.

Tuesday...VFR but increasing south-southwest wind gusts 25-35 kt.

Kbos terminal...high confidence in taf.

Kbdl terminal...high confidence in taf. Scattered light snow
showers til 07z or so with marginal MVFR-VFR cigs and vsby
possibly briefly lowering to 4sm in -shsn. Otherwise VFR and

Outlook /Tuesday night through Friday/...

Tuesday night: mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Windy with
gusts to 35 kt. Chance rain showers.

Wednesday: mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Breezy. Rain showers

Wednesday night: VFR. Breezy.

Thanksgiving day through friday: VFR.


forecaster confidence levels...

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

Short term /through Tuesday/...high forecast confidence.

640 am update...


Marginal west-northwest gales with gusts up to 35 kt. A few brief
rain/snow showers through mid morning, otherwise mainly dry
weather prevails.


West-northwest winds slacken and shift from west-northwest to south-southwest as high pres slides
south of New England. Dry weather and good vsby prevail.


South-southwest winds may approach gale force especially near shore.
Otherwise dry weather and good vsby prevail. South-southwest winds will
provide a long fetch of wind along the South Coast and will
yield building seas.

Outlook /Tuesday night through Friday/...

Tuesday night: moderate risk for Small Craft Advisory winds
with gusts up to 30 kt. Areas of rough seas. Chance of rain

Wednesday: low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts
up to 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching 5 ft. Rain showers.

Wednesday night: moderate risk for Small Craft Advisory winds
with gusts up to 25 kt. Local rough seas. Chance of rain

Thanksgiving day through friday: winds less than 25 kt. Seas up
to 5 ft.


Box watches/warnings/advisories...
Rhode Island...none.
Marine...Gale Warning until 6 PM EST this evening for anz231>235-237-
Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EST this evening for anz230-



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