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FXUS61 KBUF 282108

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
508 PM EDT Sun May 28 2017

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will shift north into western
New York late this afternoon, with showers and a few embedded
thunderstorms becoming more widespread overnight, as an occluded
frontal system crosses the region. Showers will taper off from west
to east on Monday. More showers will be possible Monday night into
Tuesday, as a weakening cold front crosses the region. In fact, mild
temperatures and afternoon showers will be possible through the
coming week, as a broad upper level trough will linger across the


Regional MRMS imagery indicates widespread showers and thunderstorms
oriented along a warm front stretched across northern OH and
western PA. A tongue of 60+ degree dewpoints extends along this
front. A few weak cells have crossed north into the NY western
Southern Tier near 5pm but seem to be loosing their vigor as they
lift north of the warm front into slightly drier and less stable
air. Have updated the near term forecast POPs to follower closer to
some of the CAMs which trimmed back on the overall timing of the
higher POPS until later tonight when the front makes a push north.

Showers with embedded thunderstorms will continue to lift north
across western NY early this evening then several rounds of showers
with a chance of thunderstorms will be possible overnight into
Monday morning along the occluding warm front. Activity is expected
to taper off from west to east during the day on Monday as the upper
level shortwave driving the activity moves overhead, with NVA and
associated subsidence behind the wave drying things out. While much
of the precipitation will be convective in nature allowing for
locally higher QPFs, a general quarter to half inch can be expected
across the forecast area from this activity.

Regarding temperatures, given the moisture-rich high dewpoint air
that will be advecting into the region tonight, temperatures will
only bottom out in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Drier, but still
relatively warm air will move in behind the departing mid/upper
level troughing on Tuesday, and temperatures should top out in the
low to mid 70s away from the lakes. However, with southwesterly
winds strengthening behind the trough, cooler readings will be found
downwind of the lakes, with upper 60s prevailing.


An upper level closed low over the southern shore of Lake Winnipeg
this afternoon will drop across the Great Lakes and influence our
weather for the Monday night through Wednesday night time period.
Several shortwaves rotating around the upper level low will give
increase chances for showers and thunderstorms. Though this wet
month of May will close out with thunderstorms, much of the time
will be rainfree.

Monday night the first such shortwave, and associated low level wind
speed max, will near our region. Convergence along this little speed
max in the lower levels and around 100 to 250 J/KG of MUCAPE may
produce a shower or thunderstorm, with activity later in the
evening across WNY, and in the predawn hours east of Lake Ontario.

Another shortwave impulse on Tuesday, combined with the upper level
low drawing closer will bring increasing chances for showers and
thunderstorms. The bulk of this activity will likely form on lake
breeze boundaries through the afternoon and evening hours. MLCAPE
values of 500 to 750 J/KG and PWAT values around three quarters of
an inch will provide the instability and moisture that when
interacting with the lift along lake breeze boundaries, convection
is likely to form. A morning inversion will likely keep this
convection at bay, but by noontime convection should be able to
overcome the decreasing capping inversion. Moisture is not overly
impressive, and activity may be just scattered in nature. Northeast
of the lakes, a southwest stabilizing wind flow will promote
sunshine and likely a dry day for areas such as metro Buffalo, and
north of Watertown. Winds will also be gusty within the sunshine
northeast of the lakes, with gusts 30 to 35 mph.

Wednesday may be a bit more active as upper level heights fall in
response to the upper level low reaching the region, and its trough
axis crossing the Lower Lakes. Similar to Tuesday, much of the
activity will be upon lake breeze boundaries, with showers and
thunderstorms sprouting in the afternoon heating. Northeast of the
lakes, a stabilizing lake induced airmass will maintain metro
Buffalo, and areas north of Watertown dry through the day, with a
gusty breeze. With the upper level trough axis passing through
chances for storms will be possible across the region through the
evening hours.

Temperatures will be held in check by the upper level low, with
highs in the 60s, (cooler Wednesday with the upper level low upon
us) and overnight temperatures back into the mid 50s to upper 40s.


The region will be in a longwave cyclonic flow during the
period with frequent chances for precipitation and slightly
below normal temperatures. There will be periods of dry weather
too, however timing embedded shortwaves is difficult this far

On Thursday the upper level low will be centered just south of
Hudson Bay with a ridge of high pressure at the surface across
the Appalachians. For the most part, this surface ridge should
keep the area dry, with a small chance for showers across the
North Country Thursday afternoon with the passage of a weak
shortwave. Highs will be in the mid 60s to around 70.

Model consensus drops the upper level low into Southern Quebec by
late Friday, which will eventually push a cold front southward
across the region. Model guidance differs on the timing, with a
chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm along and ahead
of the cold front late Thursday night through Friday evening.

This front is likely to stall to the south of the area late
Friday night and Saturday. It will be close, but as long as it
remains to the south surface ridging will keep Saturday dry.
Highs on Friday and Saturday will be on the cool side behind
this front...mainly in the 60s.

The front should meander northward back into the area on Sunday.
Some guidance develops a wave along this front, with another chance
for showers and possibly a thunderstorm. The best chance will be
across southern portions of the cwa which will be closest to the


Showers and thunderstorms currently moving from NE OH into NW PA are
beginning to track into SW NY early this evening ahead of an
occluding warm front. Later this evening into the overnight coverage
will expand, especially closer to 06z. Periods of MVFR will be
possible in heavier -SHRA/-TSRA, with MVFR cigs becoming more
widespread after 06Z, with plenty of lingering moisture across the

Showers and thunderstorms will taper off from west to east after 12Z
Monday, as the upper level disturbance moves through. VFR conditions
will prevail behind the system through the rest of the period.

Monday Night...Mainly VFR, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Tuesday through Friday...Mainly VFR...with localized MVFR possible
in scattered (mainly afternoon) showers and thunderstorms.


Lake breeze winds to 10-15kts will slacken this evening then
southeasterly winds will freshen tonight ahead of an approaching
upper level disturbance. This disturbance will move through tonight,
accompanied by showers and thunderstorms. Skies will clear out
behind the disturbance on Monday, however, southwesterly winds will
freshen to around 15kts by MOnday afternoon, resulting in light to
moderate chop on the northeastern ends of the lakes.

The SW flow will strengthen further Tuesday, as a cold front moves
through, potentially generating small craft conditions on the east
end of Lake Erie. In fact, an upper level trough will linger through
much of the coming week, with SW flow continuing as a result. This
will serve to reinforce afternoon lake breezes northeast of the
lakes, resulting in at least near-SCA conditions each afternoon
through the rest of the week.





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