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FXUS63 KAPX 172332

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Gaylord MI
632 PM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

Issued at 629 PM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

Secondary wave dropping through northern Michigan this evening,
accompanied by areas of drizzle/freezing drizzle. Have concerns
about very slick side and untreated roads tonight and will be
focusing on this with our graphics and with SPS`s.
Drizzle/freezing drizzle should diminish later this evening as
wave departs. But will still have slick road issues as
temperatures drop slowly below freezing.


.NEAR TERM...(Tonight)
Issued at 314 PM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

...Lingering fog and light precipitation tonight...

High Impact Weather Potential: Some concern for a bit of freezing
drizzle for parts of the area tonight.

Pattern Synopsis/Forecast: Storm responsible for this mornings very
icy conditions continues to pull northeast into southern Lake Huron
this afternoon, with a surface trough extending back northwest from
it across central lower Michigan. Most widespread and heavy
precipitation has exited well to our east, but combination of deep
low level moisture and enhanced convergence via that surface trough
continues to kick off areas of very light rain and drizzle. Surface
temperatures mostly continue to hover just above freezing where
precipitation is occurring. However, little doubt secondary and
untreated road surfaces remain very cold, likely resulting in still
ice covered and very slippery conditions. Looking further upstream,
high pressure and dry air continues to build into the northern and
central Plains.

Primary forecast concerns: Addressing that freezing drizzle
possibility this evening.

Details: Focus into this evening remains on precipitation trends and
the potential for refreezing as temperatures slowly fall. As
mentioned, main corridor of steadier and heavier precipitation has
passed well to our east, running well ahead of that southern Lake
Huron surface low. Deep low level moisture remains well behind this
system across our area in vicinity of the surface trough. This
moisture plume will only slowly push southeast for the remainder of
this afternoon and evening as secondary wave passes by to our south,
and when combined with weak lower level convergence and elevation
driven lift, should be enough to continue to generate some very
light precipitation. Based off trends and model derived soundings,
moisture axis falls below -10c, limiting ice nucleation and
supporting more of a drizzle scenario. Despite the clouds and
drizzle, nocturnal cooling will allow temperatures to drop below
freezing across interior areas, supporting some freezing drizzle.
Combine this with already ice-covered and wet road conditions, and
areas of slippery travel will continue through tonight, especially
on those untreated surfaces. Will continue to use special weather
statements and information in our hazardous weather products to
convey this hazardous travel. Fog should also fill in overnight,
leading to areas of reduced visibility, particularly across the
interior highlands. Conditions look to improve late tonight as dry
air begins to sweep in from the northwest, enough so that eastern
upper and parts of far northwest lower Michigan may actually see
some clearing by morning.


.SHORT TERM...(Wednesday through Friday)
Issued at 314 PM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

...Gradually warming daytime temperatures...

High Impact Weather Potential: Minimal.

Pattern Forecast: Quite the blocky pattern expected across the
middle of the country during the mid-week timeframe with split upper-
level flow leaving northern Michigan relatively quiet. The next
weather-maker may not approach the region until late this work week
into the weekend as the pattern becomes more amplified with low
pressure lifting out of the central plains toward the upper
Mississippi Valley.

Primary forecast concerns: Main forecast concerns lie around any fog
potential this week as temps/dew points begin their climb along with
any overnight refreeze concern from daytime melting as overnight
temperatures are still set to fall below freezing.

Quiet sensible weather is expected to prevail for much of the week
as an expansive area of surface high pressure centered over the Ohio
Valley should keep conditions tranquil with gradually warming
daytime high temperatures. Expecting a diminishing cloud trend
across a majority of the area throughout the day Wednesday as
moisture continues to strip away to the east. The exception may be
eastern Upper where clouds should decrease initially, but gradually
thicken again during the afternoon as a subtle wave (despite a lack
of deep layer moisture) passes through southern Ontario. Highs on
Wednesday expected to range through the upper 30s. Wouldn`t be
shocked to see areas of fog/freezing fog, perhaps locally dense,
especially Wednesday night as daytime temperatures leading to snow
melt allows for increased low-level moisture. Have introduced patchy
fog into the grids to a few hours past sunrise Thursday. Will also
need to watch the threat for refreeze on secondary and untreated
surfaces during the overnight period as temperatures fall into the
20s. A quiet day expected Thursday with partly sunny skies and
temperatures topping out from near 40 to the low 40s area-wide.
Similar theory Thursday night with patchy fog development possible
as daytime temperatures promote melting.

Our next system begins to approach the area late in the day Friday
as low pressure tracks through the plains into the upper Mississippi
Valley. There remains a varying degree of disagreement between
guidance, so will allow for better consistency before diving into
the details...but at this point, it`s looking like any precip that
falls would be in the form of liquid. High temperatures again on
Friday between 15-20 degrees above normal, ranging through the low
40s across the CWA.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 314 PM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

High Impact Weather Potential: System early next week could bring
another mix of precip.

Well above normal temperatures will be the highlight of the extended
period. Highs in the low 40s across the area are expected. With lows
near freezing, any daytime wetness could make for slick travel on
untreated surfaces. Above freezing dewpoints will also lead to some
loss of the snowpack.

Keeping an eye on a system possibly arriving early next week.
Currently progged track will bring plenty of moisture with the
system, with rain/snow mix not out of the question and surface temps
nearing freezing a concern as well.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Wednesday evening)
Issued at 629 PM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

LIFR/IFR producing low clouds/freezing mist/fog will continue
tonight. Most widespread fog should be found across interior
areas, but expect some reduction in visibility at all taf
locations at times through the overnight hours. Slow improvement
expected from northwest to southeast Wednesday, with much better
conditions expected just beyond this taf period.  Mostly light
winds will continue through the period.


Issued at 314 PM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

Marginally gusty east winds will slowly back overnight,
becoming light westerly toward sunrise. Winds become southwest and
increase in speed Wednesday, when another round of SCA/s may be
needed, especially across northern Lake Michigan.




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