Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY
FXUS61 KBUF 261025
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
625 AM EDT Sun Mar 26 2017
A frontal boundary near the Mason Dixon line this early Sunday
morning, will lift northward as a warm front across New York State
today. Scattered rain showers this morning and early afternoon will
be followed by a brief break before another wave of rain showers
passes across the region late this afternoon and overnight. Another
cold front may bring additional scattered rain showers to the region
Tuesday before an area of high pressure brings drier air, cooler
temperatures and a return to sunshine mid to late week.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
For the morning update, we will issue a freezing rain advisory for
the North Country through the morning hours. Regional radars and
surface observations indicate a weak band of showers nearing the
North Country, which still contains many locations around or below
freezing. The threat for freezing rain will remain through the
morning, at which time surface temperatures should be above
freezing. Elsewhere this morning surface temperatures are just above
freezing, to across far WNY in the upper 30s.
This Sunday morning an area of low pressure is found over far
western Illinois with a stationary front extending eastward towards
the Mason Dixon line. Water vapor imagery displays an upper level
low spiraling over the surface low. Regional radars display an area
of light rain showers, associated with weak isentropic lift across a
portion of the finger lakes and nearing the eastern Lake Ontario
region. To the east a large area of high pressure is over Quebec,
and this feature has brought below freezing temperatures to the
eastern Lake Ontario region this morning.
There will continue to be weak isentropic lift today that may yield
a few rain showers through this afternoon, but for most areas this
afternoon will become dry. There may even be a few sunny breaks
across WNY. Whether or not we see any sunshine, the veering winds
from northeast to southeast today will bring a downslope flow, such
that lower elevations of WNY should warm well into the 50s, with
lower 60s possible along the Lake Erie shoreline.
Tonight the low pressure that was over Illinois this morning will
advance across Michigan tonight, nearing far NW Lake Ontario by
tomorrow morning. This low is not very deep, and since it is nearly
vertically stacked, it will remain nearly steady in pressure (neither
deepening nor filling) through the night. Falling rain this evening
will stabilize the lower levels, and with no strong downward
momentum, a 40 knot LLJ will not mix down to the surface.
A second round of rain showers will reach WNY late this afternoon.
As both a surface low, and upper level low near the region, it will
bring an increase in moisture, that when coupled with both diffluent
flow aloft, and low level convergence on the nose of a 40 knot LLJ a
batch of rain showers will form and cross the region. There will be
a convective element to these showers, with MUCAPE values reaching
several hundred J/KG and TT values topping 50C. Will include a
mention of thunder for this evening across our southern two tier of
counties. This convective nature will also hold us back from going
anything over 90 Pops for tonight.
The southeast winds will veer to southerly through the night. This
wind direction should maintain mild temperatures in the favorable
downslope areas along Lake Erie, and the lake Plains/Genesee Valley
where overnight lows will remain in the mid to upper 40s. Some of
the interior So. Tier locations, as well as the Finger Lakes and
Eastern Lake Ontario region will drop back into the lower 40s, and
possibly upper 30s east of Lake Ontario.
.SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/...
A shortwave will track from Western New York to New England on
Monday. The best lift will be ahead of the 500 mb trough axis, with
steady rain lasting into Monday morning east of Lake Ontario. Even
here rainfall amounts will be light, averaging about a tenth of an
inch. Otherwise, precipitation will taper off showers from west to
east. By Monday afternoon, expect fair weather across most of
Western New York with pleasantly warm temperatures in the upper 50s
to lower 60s. Scattered showers will linger across the Eastern Lake
Ontario region, limiting highs to the upper 40s.
The region will be between systems briefly Monday evening, with weak
mid-level ridging keeping it dry. Up until this point, model
guidance is in good agreement in timing the initial shortwave but
guidance diverges a bit after this. There is general agreement a mid-
level wave will cross Ohio Monday night, but the northern extent of
showers with this wave is still in question. This is likely to bring
showers to the region, with model consensus centered around the
Tuesday morning timeframe. These should only last a few hours, with
rainfall amounts averaging a quarter inch or less.
Showers should end by Tuesday afternoon across far western New York,
which should allow temperatures to rebound a bit. Highs will range
from lower 60s across the Western Southern Tier to the upper 40s
across the Eastern Lake Ontario region where showers should last
through the afternoon hours.
An upper level trough will settle across Southern Quebec on Tuesday
night while a northerly flow develops behind the departing surface
low. This will bring a brief shot of cooler air to the region, with
temperatures falling into the 30s Tuesday night. There may be some
light upslope enhanced showers. These may mix with snow across the
North County, but no accumulation is expected.
.LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
The very lengthy period of unsettled weather will finally come to an
end by Wednesday as a mid level trough digs southeast across Quebec
and forces the frontal zone well south of our area. This will bring
an end to any lingering showers by Wednesday morning, but will also
deliver another push of cooler air into our region. The GFS is far
colder Wednesday than the ECMWF or GEM with its more amplified and
southerly trough position. Have followed a ECMWF/GEM weighted
consensus with highs ranging from the mid 40s to lower
50s on Wednesday.
Surface high pressure will build across Quebec Wednesday night and
Thursday with a ridge extending down into the eastern Great Lakes
and New England. This will provide a continuation of dry and cool
weather with highs in the 40s again Thursday and lows Wednesday
night and Thursday night in the upper 20s to lower 30s for most.
Model guidance diverges significantly by Friday and Saturday. The
GFS continues to suppress the next system well south of our area
with the moisture and forcing moving through the southeast states.
Similar to yesterday`s 12Z guidance, the 00Z ECMWF and Canadian GEM
are vastly different, taking a surface low through the central Great
Lakes. Have continued to lean towards the ECMWF/GEM consensus for
this period with rain chances increasing Friday through Saturday.
Temperatures will begin to rebound if this farther north low track
verifies, with highs back in the 50s by Saturday.
.AVIATION /12Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
For the 12Z TAFS pockets of IFR/MVFR CIGS are found, especially to
the south of Lake Ontario where a moist, northeast flow has created
a deck of low stratus. This activity should improve to MVFR/VFR
several hours past sunrise, as the deeper low level moisture
decreases. A wave of scattered rain showers will pass across the
eastern TAF sites through the next 6 hours, with only KART
containing low possibilities of any freezing rain.
As winds continue to veer today, the northeast winds will become
east, then southeast which should bring a period of VFR flight
conditions to the region through the afternoon hours.
Another wave of rain with likely MVFR/IFR or lower flight conditions
will reach WNY this late afternoon and evening as a stalled frontal
boundary to the south lifts northward as a warm front. This activity
will pass across the region tonight. CIGS will likely lower to IFR
across the higher terrain of SW NYS tonight, while the lower
elevations on a southerly, downslope flow will likely on lower to
MVFR within rain shower activity.
Monday...MVFR/IFR to start in rain showers, then improving in P.M.
Tuesday...MVFR/IFR cigs with periods of rain.
Wednesday and Thursday...VFR.
Northeast winds will continue today across the Lower Great Lakes,
with a strong breeze and increasing wave heights continuing the
small craft advisory on the western waters of Lake Ontario.
Later today and tonight winds will veer to southeast and then
southerly as an area of low pressure tracks across the central
Great Lakes and towards NW Lake Ontario. As these winds veer,
they will increase some on the eastern half of Lake Ontario,
such that low end SCA wind thresholds will be met. Will issue a
SCA for the eastern waters for late this afternoon through
This area of low pressure will track north of Lake Ontario Monday,
and in its weaken state, and warm air over the cold lake waters,
both winds and waves should remain below SCA criteria.
NY...Freezing Rain Advisory until 11 AM EDT this morning for NYZ007-
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for LOZ042-
Small Craft Advisory from 4 PM this afternoon to 8 AM EDT
Monday for LOZ044-045.