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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Gaylord MI
422 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

.NEAR TERM...(Tonight)
Issued at 357 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

High impact weather potential: Accumulating snow and freezing rain
continue. Possible thunderstorms in the SE CWA.

Pattern synopsis and forecast:

Low pressure was lifting up into SW lower Michigan this afternoon
with a wide array of weather ongoing across nrn Michigan. Showers
and thunderstorms, some severe with large hail across NE lower,
back to Drizzle and freezing drizzle with intermittent snows back
to the NW. Drying aloft has ended much of the accumulating
precipitation in the NW half of the CWA, so all the action is in
NE lower attm. Amazing that the thunderstorms were occurring with
temperatures in the 30s, but instability aloft upward of 500 j/kg
is being tapped by low level convergence north of a warm front
stretched across lower Michigan, as well as upper divergence
associated with 100+ knot jet poking into srn Lake Michigan.

Heading through early evening, showers and isolated to scattered
thunderstorms will continue to impact much of NE lower, until the
aforementioned forcing and low pressure departs to the east. The
dry slot which stripped out the deeper moisture will hang around a
little longer than previously thought, keeping the weather across
the NW half of the CWA in a drizzle and freezing drizzle scenario.
Once the storms exit east, this could wind up giving us a pretty
long period of fairly quiet (drizzle) weather. Eventually, the
deeper moisture associated with the deformation zone on the back
side of the low pressure will slide back in late tonight and into
Saturday morning. Temperatures aloft continue to fall and
precipitation will turn back to snow and developing blowing snow.

Total additional snow tonight will be lower with only 1-2 inches
in western Chip/Mack counties and none elsewhere. Rather, freezing
drizzle/rain will result in an additional 0.10-0.15". Snow totals
Saturday in the traditional NW flow lake effect areas will only be
1-2". Minor amounts elsewhere.

Headlines, they will stand as is for right now. Potential changes
would be to extend current advisories through the entire night for
the longer expected period of freezing rain/drizzle. Also, will
need to watch some more minor ice accumulations across NW lower
for new advisories.


&&

.SHORT TERM...(Saturday and Sunday)
Issued at 357 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

...Lake effect diminishes Saturday night; Clipper arrives Sunday...

High impact weather potential: Minimal, although a wave of light
snow expected across the area Sunday.

Pattern Forecast: By Saturday night, fairly zonal flow aloft is
expected across the midsection of the country with surface high
pressure centered over the lower Mississippi Valley and associated
weak surface ridging nosing into northern Michigan. The next
shortwave progged to affect the area will be racing through central
Saskatchewan at the same time, expected to cross the northern Great
Lakes during the day Sunday. Subtle upper-level ridging returns
Sunday night-Monday out ahead of the next system ramping up across
the southern plains.

Primary Forecast Concerns: Primary forecast concerns and challenges
revolve around diminishing lake effect snow showers Saturday night
and a quick shot of synoptically driven snow on Sunday. Lingering
wrap around deep layer moisture and synoptic support associated with
today`s (Friday) low pressure system continues to depart off to the
east Saturday afternoon and evening. All while aforementioned high
pressure centered to our south aids in nosing surface ridging across
northern Michigan, resulting in a significant decrease to lake
effect coverage and intensity Saturday night. Still expect light
northwest flow lake effect snow showers to be ongoing during the
evening hours before waning completely across northern Lower - only
an additional accumulation of an inch or less. Light snow showers
may continue across far northern Chippewa County through much of the
overnight, initially of the lake effect variety followed by the
incoming weak clipper system.

Speaking of the incoming clipper system...snow is expected to
overspread the area from west to east beginning Sunday morning into
the afternoon hours. Mainly light snow is expected across the
majority of the area; however, just it`s just marginally cool enough
aloft to perhaps get a bit of west/southwest flow lake enhancement,
which may help to increase snow shower coverage and intensity across
sections of northwest Lower and southern Mackinac County. Overall,
accumulations are expected to be on the order of 1-3 inches across
northwest Lower/eastern Upper with less than an inch over the
eastern third of the CWA. Wind gusts will again increase to as high
as 30-35 mph as the pressure gradient tightens coinciding with the
system`s arrival, this causing concern for additional
blowing/drifting snow.

&&

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Friday)
Issued at 357 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

A rather zonal pattern will begin to transition to progressive with
a train of low pressure systems impacting the forecast area
beginning Monday night/early Tuesday morning. The first storm system
will approach from the central Great Plains and begin to produce WAA
precipitation late Monday night through Tuesday night. Behind this
system northern Michigan will be in a deep upper-level trough
pattern throughout the remainder of the forecast period...bringing
periodic chances of rain and snow.

Temperatures will remain mild through Wednesday, with temperatures
reaching into the upper 30s to low 40s and then cooling off Thursday
and Friday, with highs only reaching into the mid 20s to low 30s.
Lows will be in the mid 20s to low 30s and dip into the low teens to
low 20s by Thursday morning.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 1245 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

Low pressure will track from nrn IL through Lake Huron over the
TAF period. Warm air wrapping into the airports will bring light
rain and drizzle for TVC/MBL/APN this afternoon and into the
evening, while PLN will see snow turn to a wintry mix. Colder air
will then fill into the region through the remainder of the night
and Saturday, changing everything over to snow. The snow will lake
effect Saturday with gusty NW winds developing.

Easterly winds will weaken through evening and become
variable/more northerly before the gusty NW winds develop
Saturday.


&&

.MARINE...
Issued at 357 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

Low pressure will cross the region tonight and into Quebec
tomorrow. E/NE quite gusty winds will gradually weaken later this
evening before picking up quite gusty out of the NW Saturday as
colder air rushes back in behind a cold front. Will stretch the
gale warning into Saturday and Saturday evening for many
nearshores. The gradient remains tight enough for advisory level
gusts through the evening.

&&

.APX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MI...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until 1 AM EST Saturday for MIZ008-
     015>019-022>024.
LH...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 7 PM EST this evening for LHZ349.
     GALE WARNING until 1 AM EST Saturday for LHZ345>348.
LM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 7 PM EST this evening for LMZ323.
     GALE WARNING until 7 PM EST this evening for LMZ344>346.
     GALE WARNING until 1 AM EST Saturday for LMZ341-342.
LS...NONE.
&&

$$

NEAR TERM...SMD
SHORT TERM...MJG
LONG TERM...TJL
AVIATION...SMD
MARINE...SMD



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