Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Duluth MN
538 AM CST Tue Dec 12 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Wednesday)
Issued at 317 AM CST Tue Dec 12 2017

After a cold start to the morning and a fairly quiet morning the
next clipper system will affect the region this afternoon into
Wednesday. Light snow should develop this afternoon; however, a
warm tongue of +5 C air at 850 mb will likely cause freezing
drizzle or freezing rain over central/north central Minnesota
where up to a tenth of inch of a glaze can be expected. Most of
the fzra should fall after midnight tonight, so there may be
winter weather headlines for this threat, but confidence is not
quite high enough yet so will pass on concerns to the day shift.
Elsewhere, the low tracks south down the spine of MN which will
cause a favorable fetch for lake effect snow on the north shore,
so snowfall amounts may be enhanced there with 3-5" possible. Most
places should see the typical clipper total of 1-3". A sharp
upper level vort max and short wave are causing this low to deepen
as it moves through the forecast area hence this package has a
little heftier QPF amounts. In fact, 3 out of 10 members of the
NCAR ensemble give >6" to portions along the north shore.

As far as timing, the first wave of precipitation should move
across this afternoon with I-falls being the first to see snow
around 4 pm and then a slow transition across the area with
Duluth seeing snow by 7 pm. The second more aggressive wave should
arrive around 1 am Wednesday and linger through noon on Wednesday
which means the Wednesday morning commute will be another crummy
morning to be out and about. Snow begins to dissipate by Wednesday
afternoon.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Monday)
Issued at 317 AM CST Tue Dec 12 2017

The upper flow will start out northerly over the region with an
upper ridge over the eastern Pacific into British Columbia but
will transition to more northwest, and at times nearly zonal as
several shortwaves knock down the western ridge. Although no big
storm systems are expected to affect the Northland, several
shortwaves will bring periodic chances for light snow.

Light snow or flurries will continue to be possible over portions of
the Northland Wednesday night into Thursday with a weak trough over
the region. There will be an opportunity for lake effect snow
Wednesday night as winds back to northerly but will become less
favorable Thursday as they become more west to northwest. Mainly
light snow accumulation is expected at this time.

The models forecast a clipper system to move through the Northland
Friday into Saturday, depending on the model. The ECMWF is around 12
hours faster than the GFS bringing in the clipper and ends up being
faster with the track as well. The Canadian is even slower than the
GFS and is further west. Light snow accumulations, mainly from 1 to
3 inches, will be possible with this clipper with some locally
higher amounts possible depending on the track due to off lake winds
around much of Lake Superior for a time, including the North Shore
and Twin Ports areas.

High temperatures will start out below normal Thursday, then slowly
moderate to near or a bit above normal Sunday then warm a couple
more degrees on Monday.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Wednesday morning)
Issued at 537 AM CST Tue Dec 12 2017

A weak ridge of high pressure was over Minnesota early this
morning and it will move east today being replaced by low
pressure. A wide range of conditions were occurring this morning,
from IFR to VFR. Lake processes were causing mainly MVFR
conditions over parts of northwest Wisconsin with IFR to VFR
conditions over northeast Minnesota. As an area of low level warm
air advection progresses east today, MVFR ceilings will gradually
spread east today into tonight. Light snow or flurries will
develop today from the Aitkin/brainerd Lakes Region on north to
the border then expand in coverage and intensity late tonight
into Wednesday. There may be some freezing drizzle, mainly tonight
into Wednesday morning.

The wind will back today becoming southerly most areas by late
afternoon/early evening then continue to back tonight. Winds will
be less than 10 knots for most areas.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DLH  15  11  22  11 /  30  60  70  10
INL  12  11  20   7 /  40  60  60  30
BRD  22  19  27  15 /  30  30  30  10
HYR  13   9  21   9 /  20  60  70  20
ASX  14   9  22  12 /  10  60  70  30

&&

.DLH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...None.
MN...None.
LS...Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM CST early this morning for
     LSZ121-146>148.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Wolfe
LONG TERM...Melde
AVIATION...Melde



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