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FXUS61 KCAR 131334
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
934 AM EDT FRI MAR 13 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE REGION TODAY AND WILL
AND PASS TO THE SOUTHEAST TONIGHT. LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS
THE GULF OF MAINE LATER SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
930 AM UPDATE...NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WERE NEEDED WITH THIS
UPDATE. MAIN CHANGE WAS TO HEADLINES ACROSS OUR WATERS; SEE THE
MARINE DISCUSSION BELOW.

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION...FOR TODAY, HIGH PRES IS EXPECTED TO BUILD
ACROSS THE REGION WITH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE. SUNSHINE AND A LIGHT NW
WIND WILL ALLOW FOR TEMPERATURES TO RESPOND ACCORDINGLY THIS
AFTERNOON BUT WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR MARCH. MORE LIKE WINTER AGAIN.

MID AND HIGH CLOUDS WILL START MOVING INTO THE SW AND DOWNEAST
REGION TONIGHT AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING LOW PRES SYSTEM.
TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BACK SOME EARLY IN THE NIGHT AND THEN LEVEL
OFF AND EVEN RISE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN 1/2 OF THE CWA. ACROSS THE
NORTH AND WEST, MOSTLY CLEAR W/READINGS GETTING DOWN TO THE SINGLE
NUMBER AND PERHAPS AROUND 0F IN THE LOW LYING AREAS. DECIDED TO
BRING PRECIP CHANCES UP TO 40% ACROSS THE SW AND DOWNEAST REGION
USING A CONSENSUS APPROACH W/A FRONTAL BOUNDARY AHEAD OF THE LOW
AND SOME OVERRUNNING SETTING UP. THE NAM12 SOUNDINGS ARE SUPPORTED
BY THE GFS W/MOISTURE INCREASING FROM 850-700MBS AND SOME WEAK
FORCING. MORE ON THIS SYSTEM IN THE SHORT TERM SECTION BELOW.

&&

.SHORT TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
SOME LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN TO OVERSPREAD CENTRAL AND DOWN
EAST AREAS EARLY SATURDAY IN RESPONSE TO WEAK WARM ADVECTION...
IN ADVANCE OF A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING EAST ACROSS THE GREAT
LAKES REGION. MODELS INDICATE A SECONDARY AREA OF LOW PRESSURE
WILL DEVELOP EAST OF CAPE COD LATER SATURDAY AFTERNOON. ANY SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS DURING SATURDAY WILL BE ON THE LIGHT SIDE.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE ACROSS THE REGION DURING SATURDAY
NIGHT AS THE LOW TRACKS EAST OF THE GULF OF MAINE. AS IT DOES SO,
A DEEP EASTERLY FLOW WILL SET UP IN THE 850-700 MB LAYER AND
TRANSPORT ABUNDANT MOISTURE ACROSS THE REGION, ESPECIALLY ACROSS
CENTRAL AND DOWN EAST AREAS WHERE SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE.
SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA INTO SUNDAY BEFORE WINDING DOWN
LATER SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS THE LOW CONTINUES TO TRACK EAST.

AFTER COORDINATION WITH GYX HAVE DECIDED TO HOLD OFF ON ANY
WATCHES AT TIME SINCE THE HEAVIEST SNOW ISNT EXPECTED TO MOVE IN
UNTIL SATURDAY NIGHT AND INTO SUNDAY AND THERE STILL IS SOME
UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE PALCEMENT OF THE HEAVIEST QPF. THE DAY
SHIFT WILL LIKELY NEED TO CONSIDER WATCHES FOR CENTRAL DOWN EAST
AREAS FOR LATE SATURDAY AND INTO SUNDAY.

&&

.LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/...
LOW PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST OF THE REGION SUNDAY
NIGHT AS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS EAST. ANY LINGERING SNOW
SHOWERS ACROSS DOWN EAST AREAS WILL DIMINISH SUNDAY EVENING
FOLLOWED BY PARTIAL CLEARING LATER SUNDAY NIGHT.

HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE EAST ON MONDAY. CLOUDS WILL BEGIN TO
INCREASE DURING MONDAY AFTERNOON IN ADVANCE OF THE NEXT SHORT
WAVE APPROACHING FROM THE WEST ALONG WITH A CHANCE FOR SNOW
MONDAY NIGHT.

A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE REGION TUESDAY ALONG WITH THE CHANCE
FOR SNOW SHOWERS.

A RETURN TO COLDER AND FAIR WEATHER CAN BE EXPECTED FOR THE MIDDLE
OF NEXT WEEK.

&&

.AVIATION /14Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
NEAR TERM: VFR RIGHT THROUGH TONIGHT. KBGR AND KBHB COULD SEE SOME
LIGHT SNOW ARRIVING BY DAYBREAK SATURDAY W/CONDITIONS DROPPING TO
MVFR. 

SHORT TERM: VFR AND IFR CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY DURING SATURDAY AT
THE CENTRAL AND DOWN EAST TERMINALS BUT VFR SHOULD PREVAIL MOST OF
THE DAY AT THE NORTHERN TERMINALS...ESPECIALLY KCAR AND KFVE. IFR
CONDITIONS ARE THEN EXPECTED ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION SATURDAY
NIGHT AND SUNDAY IN SNOW. A RETURN TO VFR CONDITIONS IS THEN
EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY.

&&

.MARINE...
NEAR TERM: 930 AM UPDATE...ALTHOUGH A FEW GUSTS 20-25 KT ARE STILL
POSSIBLE, FOR THE MOST PART WINDS AND WAVES HAVE DROPPED BELOW
SMALL CRAFT LEVELS. HAVE THEREFORE CANCELLED THE SMALL CRAFT
ADVISORY. 

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION...FOLLOWED THE NAM12 FOR THE WINDS TODAY
W/15-20 KT THIS MORNING AND THEN DROPPING OFF AS HIGH PRES MOVING
OVER THE WATERS. SEAS WERE AT 5 FT AND HOLDING, BUT EXPECT THE
SEAS TO DROP TODAY A WINDS SUBSIDE. LIGHT WINDS AND SEAS EXPECTED
TONIGHT.

SHORT TERM: WINDS/SEAS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN BELOW SMALL CRAFT
ADVISORY LEVELS SATURDAY AND THEN INCREASE TO SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY 
LEVELS SATURDAY NIGHT. SMALL CRAFT CONDITIONS...AND POSSIBLE LOW
END GALE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE SUNDAY AND INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.
VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED TO 1 NM OR LESS IN SNOW AND RAIN ON
SATURDAY AND THEN IN SNOW SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY.

&&

.CAR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ME...NONE.
MARINE...NONE.

&&

$$

NEAR TERM...HASTINGS/HEWITT
SHORT TERM...DUDA
LONG TERM...DUDA
AVIATION...HASTINGS/HEWITT/DUDA
MARINE...HASTINGS/HEWITT/DUDA



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