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FXUS61 KBTV 261938

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Burlington VT
338 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

A backdoor cold front will drop south of the North Country this
evening as high pressure builds into northern Vermont overnight.
This will result in cooler temperatures and mainly dry conditions
overnight into Sunday with lows mainly in the mid 40s to upper 50s
and highs mid 60s to mid 70s on Sunday. A few showers with a
rumble of thunder is possible across the Saint Lawrence Valley
on Sunday afternoon. A few additional showers are possible on
Monday with temperatures mainly in the 70s.


As of 336 PM EDT Saturday...Water vapor shows confluent northwest
flow aloft across the ne conus with subsidence/dry air building
toward our northern cwa. meanwhile...surface analysis shows
boundary over southern VT with building 1027mb high pres over
northern Maine. This high pres combined with weakening sfc
boundary will create a brisk 925mb to 850mb east/southeast flow
tonight into Sunday across our central/eastern cwa. This flow
will help to advect in cooler/maritime airmass with low clouds
possible, especially east of the greens tonight into Sunday.
Some patchy drizzle/br is possible in the higher trrn.
Otherwise...a widespread in temps are anticipated with lows from
the mid 40s with some clearing nek to upper 50s cpv/southern
slv. Developing southeast winds of 10 to 20 mph with localized
gusts to 25 mph likely along the western slopes and parts of the
eastern cpv toward morning.

Sunday...The forecast challenge will be convective potential across
the Saint Lawrence Valley as guidance is still not in good agreement
with regards to heating/instability. The combination of sfc
convergence and weak embedded 5h vort in the flow aloft will
interact with some cape of 500 to 1000 j/kg over the slv to help
generate showers/isolated storms. Once again the lack of forcing and
instability will limit the areal coverage/intensity of convection on
Sunday. NAM shows northeast flow down the slv with temps only in the
60s, while GFS indicates southwest flow developing with some breaks
in the overcast, helping to warm/destabilize atmosphere. We will
continue to mention chc pops with schc for thunder on Sunday. Temps
will range from the mid/upper 60s eastern VT to mid 70s southern SLV
near Edwards. Thinking BTV starts near 60F at 7 AM and warms to near
70F by 2 PM on Sunday with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts
up to 20 possible. Expect dry conditions from the eastern dacks into
the cpv and all of vt on Sunday.

Sunday Night...surface analysis continues to show a cold air damming
signature with high pres located over northern Maine. This combined
with an inverted sfc boundary/warm front over the slv with some
energy aloft will mention schc pops west. Overall, expecting most
areas to be dry with the lack of forcing aloft and limited moisture.
Temps will be tricky with some clouds around, but lows generally in
the mid 40s east to 60f west.


As of 336 PM EDT Saturday...Memorial Day looks to be quite on the
unsettled side as scattered showers and thunderstorms look
likely. On Monday, there will be a series of two shortwaves that
will pass across the international border of Northern Vermont
with both of these systems tracking across the region around
peak heating (18Z to 00Z). Temperatures will warm into the mid
70s to lower 80s during the early afternoon hours which will
help develop anywhere between 500 J/kg to 1000 J/kg of CAPE.
This CAPE combined with upper level support from the shortwaves
will help produce the aforementioned scattered showers and
thunderstorms. The one limiting factor will be a surface
boundary that will remain north and west of the North Country.
This feature would help pool moisture across the region but with
it being too far north and west, it looks looks like the
overall coverage of shower/t-storm activity will likely be
limited meaning that not everywhere will see precipitation on
Monday. There is also a small chance of a severe thunderstorm on
Monday, mainly across northern VT and northern NY, as those
locations should maximize moisture, lift and instability. The
shower and thunderstorm activity will taper off Monday night as
a stout upper level ridge will build across the area following
the second shortwave.


As of 336 PM EDT Saturday...Tuesday through Thursday look like
fantastic days across the North Country. If you find yourself
hanging around following the marathon this weekend, you will be
treated to sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid 70s on
Tuesday and warming into the upper 70s to mid 80s by Thursday.
Conditions will begin to deteriorate on Friday as the remnants
of subtropical storm Alberto will begin to influence our region.
Throughout the upcoming week, the remnants will track across
the Mississippi River Valley and then take a turn NE toward Ohio
and move toward the North Country on Friday. While models
continue to vary on the overall track, there is definitely a
common trend. All deterministic and ensemble means show the
remnants impacting us during the weekend at some point. The big
question is to how organized the precipitation associated with
this will be. There won`t be any super impressive boundaries or
anything but it looks like the moisture will latch onto a cold
front and move across the North Country over the weekend. With
PWAT values likely between 1.5 and 2.0 inches, it wouldn`t be
surprising to see some areas receive some locally heavy
rainfall. However, with the lack of organization by the time it
reaches us, it doesn`t look like a widespread heavy rainfall at
the moment. This does bare watching over the next week and we
will continue to know more with each subsequent model run.


Through 18Z Sunday...Forecast aviation challenge will be cigs
and timing of precip associated with boundary dropping across
our taf sites this aftn. Thinking a period of mvfr cigs are
possible between 18z-21z at PBG/BTV/MPV with brief ifr cigs
possible based on upstream conditions at FSO. Otherwise, a 30
minute to 1 hour window of rain showers with a few rumbles of
thunder can be anticipated at btv/slk/rutland/mpv btwn 19z-21z
this aftn with boundary, along with a wind shift to the north at
5 to 10 knots. North winds will shift to the southeast tonight
with some localized gusts possible at Rutland up to 20 knots
anticipated overnight. These winds will help to advect a
maritime airmass into central/eastern tafs overnight into Sunday
with some mvfr cigs likely, especially at mpv. These lower
clouds may impact rutland/btv/pbg and slk at times with some
mvfr conditions. Otherwise, any leftover showers will dissipate
by 22z this evening with mainly dry conditions prevailing
through 18z Sunday.


Sunday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Slight chance
Memorial Day: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Chance SHRA,
Slight chance TSRA.
Monday Night: Mainly VFR, with local IFR possible. Chance SHRA.
Tuesday: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Tuesday Night: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Wednesday: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Wednesday Night: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Thursday: VFR. Slight chance SHRA.




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