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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Marquette MI
1201 AM EST Tue Dec 6 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday)
Issued at 314 PM EST MON DEC 5 2016

Visible imagery across much of the Upper Peninsula have cleared this
afternoon, with the exception of the Keweenaw Peninsula where a
stratus deck lingers. As skies have cleared the pressure gradient
has remained light, which has allowed surface winds to remain
southwesterly and light or less than 10 mph. The next system remains
well upstream of the region across the Northern Plains and progged
to lift further North later tonight. Meanwhile mid-lvl heights will
also increase. Simultaneously warm air aloft will advect north this
evening ahead of the shortwave, as guidance indicates a better
inversion developing as the cold air becomes trapped.

With the warmer air advecting north tonight, moisture is expected to
accompany the airmass  which is present currently across Wisconsin.
This cloud cover/moisture will thicken across Upper Peninsula and
guidance is indicating drizzle/lgt-precip will develop. The
challenge is on what type of precip will fall, which thermal
profiles support the potential for a wintry mix although main
elements will likely end up being lgt snow or rain mixture. If
clouds are delayed from arrival, the shallow cold layer could
resultin increases chances of any precip falling as freezing
drizzle/fzra and snow. Any accumulations are progged to be less than
one inch across the higher terrain, as qpf from the event overnight
will struggle pushing into diffluent mid-levels.

Winds will be on the increase and turning southerly/southeasterly as
the shortwave lifts to the Northwest of the Arrowhead of MN Tue.
Clouds are expected to remain, the challenge will be on will any
lingering drizzle/flurries continue into midday/aftn Tue. Temps are
likely not going to warm much, so have only made minor adjustments
to going forecast of the low/mid 30s, possibly upper 30s east of
Marquette.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Monday)
Issued at 330 PM EST MON DEC 5 2016

The main weather impacts, during the extended, will occur Wednesday
through Friday night as significant lake effect snow is expected for
mainly west to northwest wind favored snowbelts. It does look like a
headline will be need for this event within the next day or so.

A sprawling surface low and upper-level 500mb low pressure system
will slowly shift from the northern MN/Ontario border on Tuesday to
western Quebec on Thursday and eastern Quebec on Friday. Initially,
Tuesday night, surface winds will be out of the southwest to west-
southwest as the cold front/surface trough slides through the area
which would begin to give lake effect snow potential over mainly the
Keweenaw Peninsula and possibly over the east; however, the colder
850mb temperatures are expected to be over the west half Tuesday
night. 850mb temperatures over the west are progged to be around -
10C to -12C range while the east is expected to cool at 850mb from
around -8C in the evening to around -10C to -11C overnight on CAA.
Current thinking is that the wind will be more southwesterly through
Tuesday evening which would keep the heavier lake effect snow off to
the west of the Keweenaw, but the more west-southwest wind direction
overnight would help to push the snow bands onshore overnight
Tuesday night, giving only light accumulations (an inch or so) late
Tuesday night.

As the low and trough continues to the east Wednesday through
Friday, winds will be west-southwest Wednesday morning and then
become more westerly throughout the day. This, along with 850mb
temperatures dropping into the -12C to -14C range and additional
shortwaves sliding through the area at the same time, will allow for
the lake effect potential to steadily increase over mainly the
Keweenaw Peninsula; where around 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected
to fall throughout the day. The more westerly winds should keep the
rest of the U.P. in a few snow showers/increased cloud cover
throughout the day. Wednesday night through Thursday the low
continues farther to the east, which will effectively shift the
winds to the northwest across all of the U.P. At the same time,
another shortwave will slide through the U.P. as 850mb temperatures
cool to the -12C to -15C range. This will place the convective cloud
layer and added forcing in the DGZ with inversion heights reaching
to around 10-12kft west and slightly lower over the east. This will
effectively set the stage for heavy lake effect snow for northwest
wind favored snowbelts through Thursday. The lake effect snow will
likely continue for north to northwest wind snowbelt through Friday
night before winds begin to shift to the south and southwest by
Saturday afternoon as shown by both the EC and GFS. Either way, west
to northwest wind favored snow belts will end up with several inches
of snow by Friday afternoon. Early estimates continue to suggest a
foot or more of lake effect snow through Thursday with several more
inches possible in northwest snow belts Thursday night into Friday.
North to northwest wind favored locations will also see moderate
snowfall accumulations from late Thursday afternoon through Friday
morning.

Looking farther out, it looks like much colder air will begin to
slide south out of Canada toward the middle of next week. Again, the
trend looks colder than normal for that time period, but the exact
details will need to be ironed out as that time approaches.
&&

.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday night)
Issued at 1201 AM EST TUE DEC 6 2016

Ahead of an approaching disturbance, regional radars currently show
some returns across the area. With this pcpn aloft fighting a layer
of drier air below, any pcpn, -ra/-sn, that occurs should have
little impact at KIWD/KCMX/KSAW. Otherwise, expect VFR conditions to
continue at KIWD/KCMX overnight. At KSAW, developing upslope flow
off Lake MI is likely to lead to IFR cigs overnight. Not out of the
question for LIFR during the early morning hrs and perhaps a bit of
-FZDZ. Expect conditions to fall to MVFR at KIWD/KCMX this morning
while KSAW improves to MVFR. There may be a period of -sn today at
all terminals as well.
&&

.MARINE...(For the 4 PM Lake Superior forecast issuance)
Issued at 314 PM EST MON DEC 5 2016

Period of active weather is expected to ramp up towards the middle
of the week. Gradient is expected to tighten up tonight, with a
period of gales east of the Keweenaw over Lake Superior thru midday
Tue. Winds may approach gales in the far western portion of the lake
Tue eve. Then another brief gradient increase will occur Wed, before
winds shift from southwest/west to northwest coupled with much
colder air flowing across the lake Thur into Fri. This coupled with
winds mainly between 25-30kt and occasional gales to 35 kt will
allow waves to easily build later in the week.
&&

.MQT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
Upper Michigan...
None.
Lake Superior...
  Gale Warning from 4 AM early this morning to 1 PM EST this
     afternoon for LSZ264>267.

  Gale Warning from 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/ this afternoon to 10 AM
     EST /9 AM CST/ Wednesday for LSZ162-263.

Lake Michigan...
None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Beachler
LONG TERM...KEC
AVIATION...Rolfson
MARINE...Beachler


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