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FXUS61 KBUF 231453
AFDBUF

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
953 AM EST TUE DEC 23 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
WEAK LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE INTO THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES TODAY WHILE
BRINGING WIDESPREAD CLOUDS AND MOSTLY SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS TO
WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK. A MUCH STRONGER SYSTEM WILL
THEN MOVE UP THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND INTO THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES
REGION ON WEDNESDAY...WITH ALL OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK
SEEING RAIN WITHIN AN UNSEASONABLY WARM AIRMASS. A COLD FRONT WILL
ARRIVE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY WITH STRONG WINDS...FOLLOWED BY SOME MORE
RAIN AND EVENTUAL SNOW SHOWERS OVER THE REGION BUT WITH LITTLE IF
ANY ACCUMULATION.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
AS OF 1450Z...THE BULK OF THE PRECIPITATION HAS DIMINISHED ACROSS
THE NORTH COUNTRY...AND TEMPERATURES THERE HAVE LARGELY RISEN
ABOVE FREEZING. FOR THESE REASONS...HAVE CANCELLED THE FREEZING
RAIN ADVISORY FOR JEFFERSON AND LEWIS COUNTIES.

DURING THE BALANCE OF THE DAY...BROAD WARM AIR ADVECTION WILL
CONTINUE ACROSS THE REGION AS MODEST LOW PRESSURE SLOWLY DRIFTS
ACROSS WISCONSIN. THIS WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD CLOUD COVER ACROSS
OUR REGION ALONG WITH STEADILY WARMING TEMPERATURES...THOUGH ANY
SHOWER ACTIVITY WILL LARGELY BE SCATTERSHOT FOR MOST AREAS GIVEN THE
FAIRLY DIFFUSE NATURE OF THE WARM ADVECTIVE FORCING. THE EXCEPTION
TO THIS WILL BE ACROSS INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN TIER AND
FINGER LAKES...WHERE A SMALLER AREA OF MORE CONCENTRATED SHOWERS
WILL BRING SOMEWHAT BETTER CHANCES OF RAIN THROUGH MIDDAY...AND WERE
POPS HAVE CONSEQUENTLY BEEN BUMPED UP TO THE HIGH LIKELY RANGE.

EXPECT SCATTERED SHOWERS TO CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING...THEN BECOME
MORE NUMEROUS OVERNIGHT AS ANOTHER REGION OF LOW PRESSURE MOVES
NORTHWARD FROM THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.

HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL BE IN THE UPPER 30S TO LOWER 40S ACROSS
THE NORTH COUNTRY WITH MIDDLE TO UPPER 40S ACROSS THE REST OF THE
FORECAST AREA. LOWS TONIGHT WILL OCCUR EARLY WITH READINGS IN THE
LOWER 40S ACROSS THE REGION...THEN LIKELY RISING TEMPERATURES
OVERNIGHT.

&&

.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
THE FOCUS FOR THIS PERIOD CONTINUES TO BE ON THE IMPACTS ASSOCIATED
WITH STRONG CYCLOGENESIS CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. STRONG
UPPER LEVEL JET OF NEAR 175 KNOTS SAMPLED LAST EVENING BY THE 00Z
SALT LAKE CITY UTAH RAOB WILL AMPLIFY THE CENTRAL CONUS LONGWAVE
TROUGH ALREADY IN PLACE. STRONG ENERGY ROUNDING THE BASE OF THE
TROUGH WILL LIFT NORTHWARD...BECOMING NEGATIVELY TILTED AND CLOSING
OFF BY WEDNESDAY. ASSOCIATED SURFACE CYCLOGENESIS WILL TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF A PREEXISTING BAROCLINIC ZONE...DEEPENING SOME 18 TO 20
MB FROM 12Z WEDNESDAY TO 06Z THURSDAY...AS IT LIFTS FROM THE
SOUTHERN US TOWARD THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES.

SECOND WAVE OF RAIN SHOULD ALREADY BE INTO THE REGION AS WE START
THE PERIOD...AS THE SECONDARY WAVE STRENGTHENS SOUTH OF THE REGION.
THE WELL ADVERTISED MODEL DISCREPANCIES WITH THIS WAVE CAUSING THIS
FORECASTER HEADACHES. HOWEVER...THERE DOES FINALLY SEEM TO BE SOME
MODEL CONSENSUS EMERGING WITH THE 00Z MODEL SUITE. THE CONSENSUS
TRACK OFFERED BY THE 00Z GFS/ECMWF/CANADIAN TAKES THE STRENGTHENING
SURFACE LOW FROM AROUND MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT 12Z WEDNESDAY...
NORTHWARD TO LAKE HURON BY AROUND 06Z THURSDAY...KEEPING IT WEST OF
WESTERN NEW YORK. DESPITE THIS EMERGING CONSENSUS...THERE ARE STILL
DIFFERENCES IN THE TIMING AND STRENGTH OF THE SURFACE LOW.

PLENTIFUL GULF MOISTURE WILL ADVECT INTO THE REGION WEDNESDAY WITH
PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES TO OVER AN INCH...SOME 4 TO 5 STANDARD
DEVIATIONS ABOVE NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. LIFT WILL INCREASE AS
WELL DUE TO SYSTEM-RELATIVE ISENTROPIC ASCENT. THE RESULT WILL BE A
WET AND VERY MILD CHRISTMAS EVE WITH THE SURFACE LOW TRACKING TO THE
WEST OF THE AREA.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT...A STRONG COLD FRONT IS STILL EXPECTED TO PLOW
ACROSS ACROSS THE REGION. THERE IS SOME CONCERN FOR A NARROW COLD
FRONTAL CONVECTIVE LINE WHICH COULD CAUSE SOME ENHANCED WIND SPEEDS
AS IT MOVES THROUGH. BEHIND THE FRONTAL PASSAGE...THE RAIN WILL
QUICKLY END FROM WEST TO EAST AS A SHARP DRY SLOT SURGES INTO THE
REGION. THE MAIN CONCERN WITH THIS SYSTEM CONTINUES TO BE THE
POTENTIAL FOR STRONG AND POSSIBLY DAMAGING POST COLD FRONTAL WINDS
NORTHEAST OF LAKES ERIE AND ONTARIO. THE TRACK AND FORECAST
DEEPENING OF THE LOW AS IT MOVE TO THE WEST AND THEN TO THE NORTH OF
THE AREA IS A CLIMATOLOGICALLY FAVORED TRACK TO PRODUCE STRONG WINDS
NORTHEAST OF LAKES ERIE AND ONTARIO...WHERE WINDS ARE CHANNELLED BY
THE LAKES AND TERRAIN. CONFIDENCE IN THESE AREAS IS HIGH ENOUGH AT
THIS POINT TO GO AHEAD AND ISSUE A HIGH WIND WATCH FOR THE LATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY TIME FRAME. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT
THE TOP 15 CIPS ANALOGS VALID AT 60 HOURS SHOWING MULTIPLE AREAWIDE
HIGH WIND REPORTS. WHETHER THIS IS ASSOCIATED WITH A CONVECTIVE LINE
OR GRADIENT WINDS IS NOT KNOWN...BUT DOES GIVE A BIT MORE CONFIDENCE
FOR THE POTENTIAL OF HIGH WINDS IN THE AREA OUTLINE IN THE WATCH AND
EVEN THE FURTHER THOUGHT OF POSSIBLE EXPANSION TO OTHER AREAS IN
LATER FORECASTS.

THE COLD SECTOR AIR MASS WILL INFILTRATE THE AREA CHRISTMAS DAY WITH
THE PRECIPITATION CHANGING OVER TO WET SNOW AS THE LOW MOVES OFF TO
THE NORTH. 850 MB TEMPERATURES ONLY FALLING TO AROUND -5C/-6C WHICH
WILL BE TOO WARM FOR MUCH OF A LAKE RESPONSE. THEREFORE...WHATEVER
SNOW ACCUMULATION WE GET WILL BE WITHIN THE WRAP AROUND MOISTURE.
THIS MOVES THROUGH RATHER QUICKLY...SO EXPECT LITTLE IF ANY SNOW
ACCUMULATION FOR MOST OF THE AREA...WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INCH
ON THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

ANY LINGERING LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS CHRISTMAS NIGHT WILL END OVERNIGHT
AS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS TOWARDS THE LOWER LAKES AND ANY
REMAINING MOISTURE IS STRIPPED AWAY. WINDS WILL ALSO BE DIMINISHING
FAIRLY QUICKLY.

&&

.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
ON FRIDAY HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD THROUGH THE MID ATLANTIC WITH A
RIDGE EXTENDING NORTH INTO THE LOWER LAKES AND PROVIDING A DRY DAY
WITH EVEN A GOOD CHANCE AT SOME SUNSHINE. WHAT LITTLE COOL AIR
BRIEFLY ENTERS THE REGION ON CHRISTMAS DAY WILL BE GONE AS WARM
ADVECTION BRINGS 850MB TEMPS TO AROUND +2C. THIS WILL SUPPORT HIGHS
BACK INTO THE 40S...A GOOD 10 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE. ON SATURDAY A
FAST MOVING MID LEVEL TROUGH WILL SWING THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES AND
QUEBEC. THIS MAY PRODUCE A FEW RAIN SHOWERS MIXING WITH WET SNOW
LATER IN THE DAY AS MODERATE COLD ADVECTION BEGINS. IT MAY BECOME
MARGINALLY COLD ENOUGH FOR SOME LIMITED LAKE EFFECT BY SATURDAY
NIGHT EAST OF THE LAKES.

MODELS DIVERGE SIGNIFICANTLY BY SUNDAY. THE 12Z ECMWF REMAINS
CONSISTENT WITH PREVIOUS RUNS IN TAKING A STRONG SOUTHERN STREAM
TROUGH THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND INTO THE NORTHEAST...WITH A
FRONTAL WAVE SPREADING A BAND OF ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS OUR
REGION. THE GFS REMAINS CONSISTENT WITH ITS PREVIOUS RUNS IN KEEPING
ANY SEMBLANCE OF THIS WAVE SUPPRESSED FAR TO THE SOUTHEAST WITH A
WEAK WAVE RUNNING THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST STATES. THE CANADIAN GEM IS
CLOSER TO THE ECMWF SOLUTION THROUGH SATURDAY. FOR NOW WILL HEDGE
TOWARDS THE ECMWF SCENARIO AND PLACE A CHANCE OF SNOW INTO THE
FORECAST FOR SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT. BOTH THE GFS AND ECMWF THEN
SUGGEST A MAINLY DRY MONDAY AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE
NORTHEAST.

&&

.AVIATION /15Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
EXPECT MAINLY VFR CEILINGS AND GENERALLY SCATTERED SHOWERS THE REST
OF TODAY...WITH SOME LINGERING IFR/MVFR CIGS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
TIER AND EASTERN LAKE ONTARIO REGION IMPROVING TO ALL VFR.

AS LOW PRESSURE FORMS OVER THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...THE
LIKELIHOOD OF RAIN WILL SLOWLY INCREASE TONIGHT...ESPECIALLY FOR THE
WESTERN TAF SITES.

OUTLOOK...
WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY MVFR AND SOME -SHRA.  SOME GUSTY WINDS.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MVFR/IFR WITH -SHRA.
THURSDAY...MVFR WITH -SHRA/-SHSN AND GUSTY/STRONG WINDS.
FRIDAY...MAINLY VFR.
SATURDAY...POSSIBLE MVFR CONDITIONS WITH SCT SHSN.

&&

.MARINE...
A WEAK LOW OVER WISCONSIN WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN TO AN OPEN TROUGH
TODAY.  ON WEDNESDAY...A MUCH STRONGER AND DEEPENING SYSTEM WILL
MOVE UP THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND INTO THE CENTRAL GREAT
LAKES...WITH SMALL CRAFT AND EVENTUALLY GALE FORCE POTENTIAL WINDS
LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY OVER LAKE ERIE.  GALE FORCE WINDS
ARE ALSO POSSIBLE ON LAKE ONTARIO LATER THURSDAY.

&&

.BUF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NY...HIGH WIND WATCH FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
     EVENING FOR NYZ007.
     HIGH WIND WATCH FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY
     AFTERNOON FOR NYZ001>003-010>012-019-085.
MARINE...GALE WATCH FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
         AFTERNOON FOR LEZ040-041.
         GALE WATCH FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY
         EVENING FOR LOZ043>045-063>065.
         GALE WATCH FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
         EVENING FOR LOZ042-062.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...JJR/WCH
NEAR TERM...JJR/WCH
SHORT TERM...TMA
LONG TERM...HITCHCOCK
AVIATION...JJR/WCH
MARINE...JJR/WCH







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