815  
FXUS61 KCAR 192038  
AFDCAR  
 
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME  
338 PM EST WED FEB 19 2020  
   
SYNOPSIS
 
 
HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE REGION TONIGHT THROUGH  
THURSDAY NIGHT. IT WILL THEN SLOWLY MOVE SOUTHEAST FRIDAY INTO  
THE WEEKEND.  
 

 
   
NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/
 
 
SECONDARY COLD FRONT HAS MVD INTO NRN AROOSTOOK COUNTY AS OF 19Z.  
SNOW SQUALLS ARE OCCURRING ALONG THE NRN PORTION OF THE RTE 1  
CORRIDOR AS FRONT PASSES BUT WL BE IN NEW BRUNSWICK WITHIN THE NEXT  
30 MINUTES. FORTUNATELY THESE SQUALLS ARE NOT TRULY ORGANIZED INTO A  
LINE AND ARE MORE CONVECTIVE CELLS, SIMILAR TO THE ONES PLAGUING  
DOWNEAST AREAS. SNOW SHOWERS WL CONTINUE OFF AND ON INTO THE LATE  
AFTERNOON HRS BFR DIMINISHING EARLY THIS EVNG.  
 
FOR TONIGHT, SKIES WILL CLEAR ACRS MAJORITY OF THE AREA WITH LOSS OF  
DAYTIME HEATING. WINDS WL RMN ELEVATED WITH PRESSURE GRADIENT RMNG  
STRONG UNTIL HIGH BEGINS TO BUILD TOMORROW. MINS WL DIP INTO THE  
MINUS TEENS ACRS THE CROWN WITH SINGLE DIGITS FOR DOWNEAST. THIS  
RESULTS IN WIND CHILLS BELOW -20F FOR AREAS FROM ABOUT GREENVILLE TO  
PRESQUE ISLE, THUS A WIND CHILL ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM 05Z-  
15Z THU.  
 
TEMPS WL START OFF COLD IN THE MORNING AND UNDER MOSUNNY SKIES TEMPS  
WL RISE INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS ACRS THE NORTH AND INTO THE TEENS FOR  
DOWNEAST. WINDS WILL STILL BE GUSTY, ALTHOUGH LESS THAN WHAT WAS  
EXPERIENCE TODAY BUT WIND CHILLS WL LKLY RMN BELOW ZERO THRU MOST OF  
THE FA TOMORROW.  
 

 
   
SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/
 
 
AFTER A VERY COLD NIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT, TEMPERATURES START TO  
REBOUND FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. IN FACT, BY SATURDAY WE WILL SEE  
DAYTIME HIGHS RUNNING AROUND 5 TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
AS FAR AS THE SYNOPTIC PATTERN GOES, A NORTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST  
ORIENTED SURFACE HIGH WILL BE ACROSS THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT.  
MAINLY CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS WILL SET THE STAGE FOR A GOOD  
RADIATIONAL COOLING NIGHT, WITH LOWS FALLING TO 10 BELOW TO 20 BELOW  
ACROSS NORTHERN AREAS AND 5 BELOW TO 10 BELOW ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL  
AND DOWNEAST MAINE.  
 
A WARM FRONT WILL APPROACH THE REGION ON FRIDAY AND THEN LIFT ACROSS  
THE REGION LATER FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT. HIGH TEMPERATURES ON  
FRIDAY WILL MODERATE INTO THE MID TO UPPER TEENS ACROSS THE  
NORTH AND LOWER 20S ACROSS CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST AREAS. A FEW  
FLURRIES OR ISOLATED SNOW SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE PASSAGE  
OF THE WARM FRONT FRIDAY EVENING. LOWS FRIDAY NIGHT WILL NOT BE  
NEARLY AS COLD AS THURSDAY NIGHT LOW'S.  
 
SATURDAY WILL BE A MUCH MILDER DAY WITH PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES  
EXPECTED. HIGHS ON SATURDAY WILL RANGE FROM THE LOWER 30S NORTH AND  
MID TO UPPER 30S CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST.  
 

 
   
LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/
 
 
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE RIGHT THROUGH THE  
MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK AS THE UPPER FLOW BECOMES MORE SOUTHWESTERLY  
WITH TIME. THIS WILL RESULT IN THE COLDEST AIR REMAINING NORTH OF  
THE BORDER. IN FACT, THE LATEST CPC 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK FAVORS  
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK. HOWEVER, IT  
ALSO FAVORING THE PROBABILITY OF PRECIPITATION SOMEWHAT ABOVE  
NORMAL AS WELL. SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY LOOK DRY. DID LOWER  
NBM POPS ON MONDAY AS THEY LOOKED A BIT TO HIGH, THUS KEPT IT  
DRY THROUGH MONDAY. PRECIPITATION CHANCES BEGIN TO INCREASE  
LATER MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AS THE NEXT SYSTEM MOVES  
TOWARD THE REGION. PRECIPITATION TYPE STILL UP IN THE AIR AS  
LONGER RANGE MODELS STILL UNCERTAIN WITH REGARD TO THE LOW  
TRACK. FOR NOW, WILL JUST GO CHANCE POPS LATER MONDAY NIGHT INTO  
TUESDAY. ANOTHER SYSTEM COULD BRING MORE PRECIPITATION TO THE  
REGION MID TO LATE NEXT WEEK.  
 

 
   
AVIATION /21Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/
 
 
NEAR TERM: VARIABLE CONDITION WITH VFR CIGS BUT MVFR RESTRICTIONS IN BLSN,  
MAINLY TO THE NORTH OF BHB. CANNOT RULE OUT AN ISOLD IFR VSBY IN  
LIGHT SHSN THIS AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO BE GUSTY OUT  
OF THE WNW BEFORE DIMINISHING OVERNIGHT FOR ALL BUT KFVE. GUSTY  
WINDS PICK UP AGAIN AFTER 15Z THU.  
 
SHORT TERM: VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH MUCH OF THE PERIOD  
THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. SOUTHWEST WIND EXPECTED 5 TO 10  
KT.  
 

 
   
MARINE
 
 
NEAR TERM: GALE WARNING ON THE OUTER WATERS REMAINS IN EFFECT  
INTO THIS EVENING BEFORE CONDITIONS DROP TO SMALL CRAFT LEVELS  
THROUGH THUR MORNING. MODERATE ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING SPRAY  
ARE EXPECTED OVERNIGHT AND INTO THUR MORNING BEFORE BRIEFLY  
DIMINISHING.  
 
SHORT TERM: WINDS AND SEAS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN BELOW SCA  
LEVELS THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY. WINDS/SEAS ARE THEN  
EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO SCA LEVELS FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY.  
THE FREEZING SPRAY ADVISORY WILL LIKELY NEED TO BE EXTENDED  
INTO THURSDAY NIGHT.  
 

 
   
CAR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES
 
 
ME...WIND CHILL ADVISORY FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM EST  
THURSDAY FOR MEZ001>004-010.  
MARINE...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR ANZ052.  
FREEZING SPRAY ADVISORY FROM 1 AM TO 1 PM EST THURSDAY FOR  
ANZ050>052.  
GALE WARNING UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR ANZ050-051.  
 

 
 

 
 
NEAR TERM...FARRAR  
SHORT TERM...DUDA  
LONG TERM...DUDA  
AVIATION...FARRAR/DUDA  
MARINE...FARRAR/DUDA  
 
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