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Short Range Public Discussion
(Latest Discussion - Issued 1943Z Oct 06, 2022)
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Short Range Forecast Discussion NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD 341 PM EDT Thu Oct 06 2022 Valid 00Z Fri Oct 07 2022 - 00Z Sun Oct 09 2022 ...Temperatures plunging across the Central U.S. as strong cold front pushes southward... ...Much improved conditions in the Northeast through Friday before cooler air filters in behind cold front... ...Daily showers and thunderstorms continue for the Southern Rockies/High Plains and the Southwest, with isolated instances of flash flooding possible... ...Pleasant weather across much of the West through the end of the week... The main story through Saturday will be the potent cold front moving southward across central and eastern CONUS, with temperatures plunging as unseasonably cold air filters in from Canada. Highs today across the northern Plains will struggle to reach the 50-degree mark behind the frontal boundary, with temperatures dipping below freezing tonight, leading to the issuance of Freeze Warnings and Freeze Watches across the Dakotas. Isolated areas in North Dakota may even see temperatures as low as the upper teens on Friday morning. In addition to the frigid air, breezy conditions will follow with the passage of the front and gusts may reach 20-30 miles per hour. Lake-effect showers are also in the forecast for the Upper Great Lakes as a result of the cold, northwest flow across the warmer lake water. Some wet snow may mix in for higher elevations of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Thursday night, though no accumulation is expected. Below-average temperatures will continue spreading south on Friday, with highs in the 50s and low-60s as far south as the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley. Highs will remain even cooler to the north as a strong Canadian high presses southward, with mid-to-upper 40s expected for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Lows near freezing are again possible on Saturday morning for the Great Lakes Region and Upper Mississippi Valley, with temperatures beginning to rebound across the northern Plains as more seasonable highs in the low 60s return. Beautiful weather is in store for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic through Saturday, as the upper-level low that brought dreary conditions this past week has finally slid well offshore. Sunny skies, dry conditions, and seasonable temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s for highs are expected through Friday throughout the region, with highs slightly warmer in the upper 70s to mid-80s across the Southeast and Florida. The warm-up will be short-lived, as the aforementioned potent cold front makes its way through the region Friday evening, bringing cooler, fall-like temperatures in its wake, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s expected on Saturday. Unlike this past week, the unseasonably cool air will not be accompanied by wet and cloudy conditions, with dry weather following in its wake and providing residents in the Northeast with the perfect weather to view the emergence of fall foliage in interior New England. Similarly to the Northeast, pleasant conditions will continue across the Pacific Northwest, California, and the Great Basin through Saturday as an upper-level ridge remains in place over the region. Highs are forecast to remain in the upper 70s and low 80s for the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin, lower 90s for the central California Valleys, low to mid-70s along the California coast, and mid-90s to near 100 for the Desert Southwest. Moreover, conditions will remain dry during this span, resulting in overall pleasant conditions through the end of the week. Further south, daily showers and thunderstorms will continue across the Southern Rockies and Southwest on the east side of a lingering upper-level low drifting over the Southwest. Anomalously high moisture that remains pooled across the area will help enhance storm rainfall rates and totals, and isolated instances of flash flooding are possible, particularly for areas of sensitive terrain and across burn scars. As a result, a Marginal Risk of Excessive Rainfall has been issued for much of Arizona and New Mexico through Saturday. High temperatures will remain below normal with mid-60s to low 70s expected. Russell Graphics are available at