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FXUS61 KCLE 072347
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
647 PM EST Wed Dec 7 2016

.SYNOPSIS...
A ridge of high pressure across southern Ohio will dissipate
tonight. Meanwhile deep low pressure near James Bay will drift
east to northern Quebec. A trough of low pressure will extend
southwest across the central Great Lakes. The trough will drop
southeast and cross Lake Erie Friday morning. saturday high
pressure will build into the region from the central plains.

&&

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING/...
A weak ridge of high pressure across the area will dissipate
tonight. Airmass fairly dry at this time but expect clouds to
gradually increase overnight as a 160kt 300mb jet streak along
with a fairly strong shortwave move across the region. Lows
mainly in the mid 20s. Ultimately no changes with this early
evening update. Will continue to sift through data looking ahead
to Thursday onward.

&&

.SHORT TERM /6 AM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
Changes for this forecast package...Have issued a Lake effect
snow watch for Cuyahoga county and upgraded NWRN PA watch to a
warning.

Models show an upper level low over James Bay with a surface
trough extending southwest across the central lakes. The low will
move east to Quebec Thursday forcing the trough southeast across
the area early Friday before moving east of the region later in
the day. This will drive a reinforcing shot of cold air across
the region. To our west High pressure will fill the Central and
northern Plains States. This will set up an extended period of
west to northwest flow across the lake. Expect lake effect snow to
develop beginning Thursday morning over the lake moving onshore
from Lake county across nrn Ashtabula county to Erie county PA.
This could begin slowly as synoptic moisture is lacking. By
afternoon however the cold air deepens and moisture increases
suggesting significant lake effect bands could begin developing.
Winds in the Cleveland area should have sufficient shear to slow
development but east to Cleveland to Erie winds will have less
shear. Will go with 90-100% pops for the afternoon Ashtabula
county east. Thursday night conditions continue to look very
favorable for NWRN PA with lake induced cape reaching 11 kft.
Winds turn more northwest suggesting highest totals will be
inland. While the lower levels remain sheared closer to KCLE
expect lake effect snow to increase through the night across NERN
OH under moderate instability from the lake to 850mb. Winds line
up best Friday for NERN OH with very little shear. Most favored
areas will be eastern Cuyahoga Geauga inland Ashtabula and
possibly southern Lake. Friday night the low pulls east...heights
begin to rise and drier air moves in from the southwest. Will
begin to taper the heavier snow from the west out of Cuyahoga and
southern Geauga as winds back with high pressure moving into
Southern Ohio. Through Saturday...total accums could exceed 6
inches in eastern Cuyahoga county...reach around a foot in
portions of Geauga and Ashtabula and reach between 1 to locally 2
feet in the higher elevations of eastern Erie and Crawford
counties.

&&

.LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
Significant uncertainty remains regarding the forecast for Saturday
night through Monday. The GFS brings a weak low through the central
Great Lakes Sunday with a quick burst of precipitation that would
mostly be in the form of snow. The ECMWF, however, has another
scenario in mind. It brings a deep low up through the central Great
Lakes that originates along the lee of the Rockies. This scenario
would bring both snow and rain to the region from Sunday through
Monday. Hopefully the models will start to come into at least some
semblance of agreeance within the next day or two.

The low will depart to the northeast Monday night, with another
blast of arctic air plunging into the Great Lakes. Surface high
centered south of the region will track along the Ohio valley
through Tuesday, although maintained slight chance to chance pops
Monday night through Tuesday, with persistent lake response in west-
northwest flow.

&&

.AVIATION /00Z Thursday THROUGH Monday/...
Quiet weather will continue overnight but lake effect activity
will ramp up tomorrow. VFR mid level cigs are expected overnight
with lower cigs on Thursday as colder air arrives. Have slowed
down the onset of the lake effect activity at ERI from the earlier
package. Expect no more than flurries through 18z or so with bands
of snow then developing and moving across the ERI area. Will also
include a vicinity mention at CLE and YNG for the end of the taf
period. The remainder of the area should see no more than flurries
through 00z Friday. Cigs outside of the snowbelt will remain VFR.
SW winds will become westerly overnight and increase. Gusts to 25
knots are likely by daybreak with gusts to 30 knots during the
daylight hours.

OUTLOOK...Arctic front will move through tomorrow. Lake Effect
snow becomes more widespread and intense Thursday night and will
continue into Saturday, especially across the snowbelt east of
KCLE.

&&

.MARINE...
Small craft advisory remains in effect until the weekend. Southwest
winds of 15 to 25 knots will continue ahead of an arctic front that
will move through Thursday. There will likely be a little lull in
the winds tonight and they may fall below Small Craft Advisory
conditions for a short time, but will pick back up to 20 to 25 knots
again by Thursday morning as the arctic front moves through. Lake
effect snow will develop Thursday and continue in the snowbelt until
Saturday.

&&

.CLE WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
OH...Lake Effect Snow Watch from Thursday morning through Saturday
     morning for OHZ012>014-089.
     Lake Effect Snow Watch from Thursday evening through Saturday
     morning for OHZ011.
PA...Lake Effect Snow Warning from noon Thursday to 4 PM EST
     Saturday for PAZ001>003.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 3 AM EST Saturday for LEZ146>149.
     Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EST Friday for LEZ142>145.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...TK
NEAR TERM...TK/Oudeman
SHORT TERM...TK
LONG TERM...Greenawalt/Mottice
AVIATION...Kubina
MARINE...Mottice



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