KBDR 142352Z 1500/1524 04010KT 2SM +RA BR BKN015 OVC025 FM150400 34010KT 5SM -RA BKN015 OVC040 FM150800 32013G20KT P6SM SCT015 BKN040 FM151500 30018G28KT P6SM BKN040 FM151800 29020G33KT P6SM BKN040 KDCA 142329Z 1500/1524 33009KT P6SM FEW080 SCT250 FM150600 27010G18KT P6SM SCT060 FM151300 28010G20KT P6SM SCT060 FM151600 30015G25KT P6SM BKN060 FM152200 29010KT P6SM SCT250For a 21Z departure, the southern end of the trip would be fine but the departure presents issues. The surface winds will be sporty, 20 knots gusting to 33 from the northwest, but that's not the problem. The problem is the 4,000 foot ceiling considered in light of the anticipated freezing level. Here's the latest on that:
At left, the forecast temperatures at the 800mb level at 00Z tomorrow (about 6,000 feet MSL). As noted in the previous post, the 8,000 foot routing over eastern Pennsylvania just isn't going to work. In fact, unless actual conditions are better than the current forecast, 6,000 feet over JFK is also not likely to work. What I really need is 4,000 feet over JFK and I rather doubt that New York Approach will be happy to give me that.
So here's Plan A: File for 6,000 over JFK thence Victor 16 down through New Jersey, and if the 18Z weather says that is unwise, refile for 4,000 and see how ATC feels about that. Plan B would be to depart VFR and fly to New Jersey via the Hudson River Skyline Route at about 2,500 feet, proceeding to Toms River (KMJX); land there and file IFR at 4,000 feet from there to KVKX.
And, I guess, Plan C is AmTrak.