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Area forecast discussion...updated
National Weather Service Gray ME
1201 am EST sun Feb 18 2018

high pressure will quickly exit into the Maritimes this evening.
Quick moving low pressure will move south and east of New England
tonight and early Sunday, bringing a plowable snow...particularly
over southern New Hampshire and coastal Maine. As we move into
next week...a warming trend is expected with temperatures moving
well above normal...especially Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect
some rain late Monday into Tuesday and again Wednesday


Near term /until 6 am Sunday morning/...
update...with the left exit region of upper level jet streak and
shortwave trof approaching the forecast area...snow continues to
Blossom/fill in on regional radars. I expect this intensity to
continue for the next several low pressure deepens in
the Gulf of ME. Forecast has been updated for some higher
snowfall totals...especially near the seacoast. Additional
updates may also have to extend some heavier amounts inland as
well...but for now focused on the coast...with a Winter Storm
Warning issued for coastal Rockingham and York counties. Looking
at the heaviest snowfall for the next 3 to 6 hours.

Prev disc...
at 19z a 1030 millibar high was centered near the
Bay of Fundy. A weak area of low pressure was over the southeast
Continental U.S. While low pressure was over northern Ontario with a
trailing cold front through the northern plains states. Clouds
are on the increase ahead of these southern and northern stream
impulses as the surface high retreats offshore. The southern
stream impulse will race east while an associated surface low
tracks rapidly east-northeast and just outside the 40n/70w
benchmark late tonight. A surface trough will extend northwest
into the coastal plain and will act as an additional focus for
heavier snowfall. The model trend has been slightly further to
the north and west with quantitative precipitation forecast and snowfall amounts raised a bit
over southern New Hampshire and along the coastal plain of
Maine. The advisories have been extended further north and east
in Maine with a sharp cutoff in quantitative precipitation forecast and snowfall amounts as you
head north and west away from the coast. The steadier snow will
spread northeast this evening and taper off in all but our
eastern Maine zones by morning.


Short term /6 am Sunday morning through Sunday night/...
rapid improvement on Sunday as snow exits our eastern Maine
zones by mid morning...with downslope and drier air bringing
clearing to all but mountain sections where upslope will
generate a few lingering clouds and snow showers. Northwest
winds will gust up to 25 mph in the wake of the low as it begins
to rapidly intensify well offshore. Quiet Sunday night as high
pressure builds by to our south. There will be a few late night
warm air advection clouds across northern New Hampshire and
Maine Sunday night where a few flurries will be possible.


Long term /Monday through Saturday/...
12z model suite continues to indicate a large and persistent
upper level ridge will develop during the early to midweek
period next week along the East Coast. This will lead to very
warm temperatures during the period.

In the dailies, the southwest flow will begin on Monday as warm
air advection develops over a large area in the northeast. The
airmass will initially remain relatively dry, so there will only
be a low chance for precipitation with this initial batch of
moisture. By Monday night, a warm front will become quasi-
stationary over northern most sections. This will increase the
chance for precipitation, especially in the mountains. Near this
dividing line between very warm, humid air and cold
temperatures, some freezing rain and sleet is possible. Also,
with the increase in low level moisture, expect fog during the
overnight period.

Increased dew points over the cold snowpack may allow for fog to
continue on Tuesday. 800 mb temperatures reach +10c over southern
areas. Depending on the availability of mixing potential,
temperatures may quickly rise through the 50s, with 60s over
southern areas. There will be a warm start to the day on
Wednesday, with 800 mb temperatures reaching as warm as +14c at 800 mb.
This will likely be the warmest day in a long time and perhaps
record breaking. Below are the record for Portland and Concord
on Tuesday and Wednesday.

***Records for pwm & con***
Tuesday Wednesday
pwm 61/1994 59/1953
con 66/1930 64/1872

Cold air advection will begin Wednesday, but not until the
afternoon hours.

More seasonably cold weather will return for the end of the work
week. High pressure will build in from Canada, however readings
will still be at or above normal for this time of the year.

There remains the potential for another area of low pressure
moving up from the southwest next weekend. This system appears
to be warm as well with possible mixed precipitation.


Aviation /06z Sunday through Thursday/...
short term...VFR deteriorates to MVFR with areas of IFR and
local LIFR vcnty of the coast in snow between 01 and 05z Sunday.
Conditions improve to VFR throughout Sunday with some lingering
MVFR cigs psb in mtn sections through 22z Sunday.

Long term...VFR to MVFR conditions will continue into early
Monday. Areas of IFR/LIFR possible Monday night into Tuesday
night as a warm front approaches and crosses the region
resulting in a period of rain and fog. A cold front will sweep
through the region later on Wednesday with a period of showers
and lower ceilings and visibilities.


short term...winds will increase tonight from the south as will
seas. On Sunday...northwest winds will generate Small Craft Advisory conditions
behind the departing ocean low. A Small Craft Advisory has been
issued for all waters except Casco Bay for tonight and Sunday.

Long term...increased southwesterly winds will allow for Small Craft Advisory
thresholds to continue over much of the waters early to mid week
next week.


we will have to monitor the rivers closely next week as the
warm weather and some rain may lead to enough runoff to cause
ice jam flooding. There are several locations with ice jams in
Maine and New Hampshire. Looks like a 72 hour period or longer
with temperatures remaining above freezing. It is possible that
the warmer weather will weaken the ice so that any rise in river
levels will just move the ice harmlessly downriver.


Gyx watches/warnings/advisories...
ME...Winter Weather Advisory until 7 am EST Sunday for mez018.
Winter Weather Advisory until 10 am EST Sunday for mez019-020-
Winter Storm Warning until 7 am EST Sunday for mez023.
New Hampshire...Winter Weather Advisory until 7 am EST Sunday for nhz008-
Winter Storm Warning until 7 am EST Sunday for nhz014.
Marine...Small Craft Advisory until 4 PM EST Sunday for anz150>152-154.

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