Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY
FXUS61 KBUF 280000
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
800 PM EDT Thu Apr 27 2017
Showers and thunderstorms will cross the area tonight along and
ahead of a cold front. Some of these storms may produce gusty winds
and brief heavy downpours this evening. Cooler air will move into
the region behind the front Friday and last through the weekend,
with showers possible through the weekend, as a frontal boundary
stalls near the lower Great Lakes.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH FRIDAY/...
A sharp mid level trough will move northeast from the Great Lakes
into Ontario and Quebec, with a cold front and pre-frontal trough
moving east across the area tonight. Large scale ascent ahead of the
trough and low level convergence along mainly the pre-frontal trough
will continue to support showers and scattered storms, moving from
west to east across the area.
Regional radars showing several broken lines of showers and storms
crossing Western NY this evening along a combination pre-frontal
trough and outflow boundaries. So far these storms have been rather
tame, with wind gusts to around 40 mph at times and brief downpours.
Clouds and a few showers preceded the storms in most areas, which
stabilized the boundary layer and has prevented stronger winds aloft
from mixing down to the surface. This broken line of storms will
continue to move east, reaching the Genesee Valley during the mid to
late evening and eastern Lake Ontario region by around or shortly
Latest SPC mesoanalysis indicating instability is fading across the
area, with around 500J/kg of SBCAPE left and still some CINH. The
stabilizing boundary layer will continue to force storms to weaken,
although a few may still produce gusty winds and brief downpours on
their trek east across the area. The risk of any severe weather is
very marginal, but not quite zero.
Another line of scattered showers will accompany the cold front
proper, lagging the convective line by a couple of hours. After
that, expect quiet weather for the rest of the night and into Friday
as cooler, drier air filters across the region behind the cold
front, with temperatures dropping into the 40s by daybreak across
all but the far eastern portions of the forecast area. Lingering
post-frontal cloudiness should give way to sunny breaks by late
morning, as high pressure moves across the region, before high
clouds return once again later in the day, courtesy of warm
.SHORT TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
A baroclinic zone will become established across the forecast area
Saturday and Sunday as we will be sitting on the northern periphery
of a ridge just off the southeastern coast. Weak waves will ripple
along this frontal boundary promoting a chance of showers through
much of the weekend, however the weekend will likely be far from a
washout as overall forcing is weak and sporadic. In fact mid-range
models are struggling with the subtle forcing along this boundary,
with the GFS/NAM solutions remaining wetter on Saturday, while the
EC continues to suggest mostly dry weather until later in the day.
For now have kept Saturday PoP at chance given the uncertainty.
Temperatures will be warmest across the Southern Tier and cooler
across the Lake Plains and North Country with highs ranging from the
low 60s to the low 70s.
By Sunday the boundary will evolve into a warm front pushing
northward as a deep low pressure system develops across the central
plains. As this low pressure system tracks toward the Great Lakes
region forcing will increase along the warm front, but it will also
move northward into southern Ontario and Quebec. Thus we may see a
period of showers early Sunday before breaking into the warm sector
later Sunday and Sunday night with a majority of that time being dry
and warmer. A sharp temperature difference can be expected across
the region as the warm front moves northward with highs in the low
50s in the North Country and along the lake Ontario shoreline to the
mid to upper 70s across the western Southern Tier.
By Monday, the anomalously deep low pressure system will track
through the upper Great Lakes while pushing a strong cold front
across the region Monday. Depending on the timing of this front, if
it lines up with peak diurnal heating, could result in strong to
potentially severe thunderstorms for the region, along with locally
heavy rainfall. The front will exit to our east Monday night giving
way to a drying a cooling trend. Very warm temperatures are expected
in the warm sector ahead of the approaching cold front with highs
well into the 70s and even the 80s across the lake plains and
.LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
A seasonably deep surface low passing northwest of our region will
help usher in much cooler weather with below normal temperatures
expected. This airmass will arrive behind the cold front on Tuesday
along with a chance of some scattered showers and gusty winds.
Strong cold air advection with a source region over central Quebec
will lower 850mb temps a few degrees Celsius below zero which will
translate into surface temperatures that run very cool Tuesday
afternoon. Current expectations are highs which only top out in the
This strong cold air advection looks to also support very gusty
winds Tuesday with a 50+ knot low level jet streaking across the
eastern Great Lakes. The depth and track of the low and current
forecast strength of the low level jet in the 12z GFS could support
possible advisory level wind gusts. If the low level jet verifies
stronger such as the near 60 knot jet that the 12z EC shows, than a
late season high wind event may be possible. This threat of gusty
winds is included in the Hazardous Weather Outlook.
Winds will slacken off Tuesday night with below normal temperatures
then remaining in place Tuesday night through Wednesday and likely
Thursday with continued cold air advection as a mid-level trough
axis shifts east across our region followed by another trough
digging into the central states. Cool air instability showers will
be possible through Wednesday with the coldest core of below normal
air aloft passing by. Have continued low to slight chances of
showers for this. On Thursday medium range models show the digging
trough over the central states will kick off a surface low along the
Appalachians midweek which could lift some showers into our forecast
area from the south by Thursday. Lows Tuesday and Wednesday nights
look to dip into the upper 30s to low 40s then highs on Wednesday
and Thursday only rising into the low to mid 50s.
.AVIATION /00Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
A pre-frontal trough will move east across the area this evening
with a few broken lines of showers and storms, lasting 2-3 hours at
any one location. A few of the storms may contain wind gusts to
around 35 knots and frequent lightning. CIGS/VSBY will be VFR most
of the time except in the heavier storms which will contain
The rain will end from west to east overnight following the passage
of the cold front. Most areas will remain VFR with just a few
patches of MVFR CIGS for a brief time across higher terrain and
possibly northeast of the lakes. A weak ridge of high pressure will
bring VFR conditions Friday, with increasing mid level clouds from
west to east later in the afternoon ahead of the next system.
Saturday...VFR/MVFR with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Sunday...VFR/MVFR with a chance of showers.
Monday...MVFR to locally IFR with showers and thunderstorms likely.
Tuesday...VFR/MVFR with a chance of showers.
Generally quiet conditions on the lakes will give way to unsettled
weather this evening, as showers and thunderstorms cross the area
ahead of an approaching cold front. Some of these storms may produce
gusty winds and higher waves. Behind the front, expect freshening
southwesterly winds to generate moderately choppy conditions on the
east ends of the lakes later tonight into Friday.
Tranquil conditons will return to the lakes Friday night into
Saturday, as a weak area of high pressure moves over the lakes,
followed by a trough of low pressure that will set up across the
lakes, resulting in a weak pressure gradient. Northeasterly winds
will then freshen Saturday night into Sunday, as an area of low
pressure over the lower Missouri valley deepens and a warm front
lifts across the lakes.
The last days of April will finish with above normal
temperatures, warm enough that it will send our climate sites
towards a top 10 warmest April on record. The degree of
anomalous warmth has been greater towards the west, where
climate site Buffalo may reach the warmest April on record.
Below are the warmest Aprils on record.
Current April average temperature through April 26th: 49.6F
Current April average temperature through April 26th: 50.4F
Current April average temperature through April 26th: 46.6F
Temperature records for Buffalo and Rochester begin 1871, while
Watertown`s history is a bit shorter, with temperature records
beginning in 1949.