Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY
FXUS61 KBUF 250236
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
1036 PM EDT Mon Oct 24 2016
Cold northwesterly flow will result in cloudy skies and below
average temperatures into Wednesday along with some scattered lake
effect rain showers. A low pressure system tracking out of the
Midwest is then expected to cross the lower Great Lakes Thursday,
bringing widespread rainfall. Another round of rainfall will be
possible this weekend, as another low pressure system drops across
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/...
Two areas of marginal lake effect precipitation will be across
the region tonight into early Tuesday. One band will extend across
western Lake Ontario to the northern Niagara Frontier and onward
to the western Finger Lakes. The second band or area of lake effect
precip will be across the Western Southern Tier. Expect only
scattered lake effect rain showers in these area with little precip
outside of these areas. By tonight, temperatures overnight toward
early Tuesday morning may finally support some wet snowflakes in any
showers over higher terrain, however little if any accumulation is
During the day Tuesday, drier air will build into the region,
combined with diurnal heating will help disrupt and break apart any
lingering lake effect.
Temperature-wise, he cold advection will be more noticeable tonight,
as readings fall into the 30s, with lower 30s across the North
County. Temperatures will remain crisp on Tuesday, with highs only
in the low to mid 40s.
.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
Any lingering northwest flow lake effect rain/wet snow showers
will gradually come to an end Tuesday night as high pressure
centered over northern Ontario province ridges south across the
eastern Great Lakes. This high pressure will linger across the
eastern Great Lakes Wednesday supporting mainly fair, dry weather
with temperatures within a few degrees of normal.
Upper level energy off the West coast will track through the Rockies
and into Midwest by Wednesday night, with consolidating upper level
PV leading to cyclogenesis/deepening surface low, with the low then
tracking along or close to the southern Great Lakes. This will
develop widespread precipitation into the area from the west through
Using a general model consensus (Canadian/GFS/ECMWF), an initially
dry and cold airmass in place to start Wednesday night, thermal
profiles with the lead isentropic ascent/moisture advection closely
supporting the idea of a rain/snow mix east of the Genesee Valley
and all snow east of the Finger Lakes. Some wet snow accumulations
are expected across the higher terrain of the Finger Lakes and
North Country late Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
The low will continue to track east Thursday crossing just to the
north of the region continuing widespread shower activity. Strong
warm air advection pattern on a 50 knot low level jet will change
any snow to rain.
The system will then transfer its energy to a coastal low over the
Gulf of Maine by Thursday night. Wrap around moisture and continuing
cyclonic flow will keep chances of rain showers in play on the back
side of the system. Temperatures will run 10-15 degrees colder than
normal which may allow wet snow to mix with rain showers across the
Tug Hill region Thursday night.
.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
A transitory low amplitude flow will be found across the country
during this period. While this type of pattern supports fairly
`regular` passages of Pacific based shortwaves...it also lacks the
baroclinicity needed to support significant storms. Such will be the
case during this time frame...as one system will exit the forecast
area while the next will already be taking aim on the Lower Great
Lakes. In terms of temperatures...day to day fluctuations in advance
and in the lee of these systems will produce a roller coaster ride of
mercury readings...which by the end of the time frame will average
out to near normal levels. As for the day to day details...
A closed low spun up within a negatively tilted trough will drift
from eastern New York to the New England coast during the day
Friday. A moist cyclonic flow in its wake will keep showers over our
forecast area...at least through the first half of the day...while
negative H85 temps will prevent temps from climbing out the 40s.
A shortwave ridge will quickly scoot across our region late Friday
and Friday evening...then the next system will already be on our
doorstep as day breaks on Saturday. Pending your model of choice...
rain showers to open the weekend will be provided by either the
passage of a cold front or by an organized sfc low that will slide
across our region along a pseudo warm frontal boundary. In either
scenario...rain showers will be likely for the bulk of our forecast
Scattered rain and wet snow showers will persist over our region
Saturday night into Sunday...but as in the case of Saturdays
event...there is low confidence as to the exact synoptic
environment that will be responsible.
All of the packages agree though that amplification of a broad ridge
over the nations mid section Sunday night will advance to the Ohio
Valley and Great Lakes region for Monday. This will favor a dry
start to the new work week.
.AVIATION /03Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
Persistent cold cyclonic northwesterly flow across the Great
Lakes will continue to generate plenty of VFR cigs across the
forecast area through the TAF period, and a few lake effect rain
showers will be possible at times across the far western Southern
Tier, as well across areas south of Lake Ontario. Ceilings may drop
to MVFR in these areas of lake clouds and showers, but otherwise
cigs will remain VFR elsewhere through the TAF period.
Tuesday and Tuesday Night...Mainly VFR.
Thursday...MVFR/IFR with rain showers likely.
Friday and Saturday...MVFR with a chance of lake effect showers.
Cold air advection in the northwesterly flow will keep a stiff
breeze in place on the lakes into Tuesday. Small craft advisories
remain in effect, as northwesterly winds 15 to 25 knots will keep
waves along the south shores of the lakes.
The brisk northwesterly flow is expected to persist into Tuesday
evening, at which point a broad surface ridge extending from a high
centered over James Bay progresses across the lower Great Lakes,
bringing another short-lived respite from small-craft advisory
conditions. Expect easterly flow to develop Wednesday and freshen
into Thursday, as another low pressure system tracks out of the
Midwest and across the lower Great Lakes.
High pressure will briefly ridge across the lake on later Tuesday
but another fast moving storm system will arrive Wednesday night
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 9 AM EDT Tuesday for LEZ040-041.
Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EDT Tuesday for
Small Craft Advisory until 9 AM EDT Tuesday for LOZ045.