Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Cleveland, OH
FXUS61 KCLE 181749
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
1249 PM EST Wed Jan 18 2017
A ridge of high pressure will be building northeast up the Ohio
valley this afternoon through Thursday. Low pressure will track
northeast through the Ohio valley and southern Great Lakes Thursday
night through Friday night.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
The upper low responsible for this morning`s rain is shifting ese
out of the eastern co`s attm so decreasing chances for rain and/or
drizzle in the east will occur thru the 1st half of the afternoon.
Lower level moisture hanging around will make cloud cover slow to
decrease from west to east which in turn will keep highs from rising
much, likely staying in the upper 30s to lower 40s.
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
A ridge of high pressure will quickly build east across the region
Wednesday night through Thursday, providing dry conditions and above
normal temperatures as return flow/WAA regime returns. Wednesday
night will be the coolest night of the short term period, with lows
around the freezing mark as ridge axis works across the area. A
warming trend is expected Thursday/Thursday night ahead of the next
system, with highs in the low to upper 40s Thursday and lows
Thursday night ranging from the low 30s across northeast
OH/northwest PA to the upper 30s near Findlay/Marion.
A cutoff low over the southern Plains Thursday will track towards
the Great Lakes through Friday, shearing out in the process. Strong
return flow/GOMEX connection and forcing/fgen ahead of this system
will bring rain showers back to the area early Friday morning
through Friday afternoon. For now, held with high likely pops from
SW to NE across the area from 09Z through 21Z. The only thing
precluding cat pops at this point is shearing nature of the wave as
it lifts north through the area and slight timing difference between
model solutions. Temperatures will be well above normal
Friday/Friday night in the 40s to low 50s.
Saturday should be mainly dry, with weak forcing/broad mid level
ridging across the area with low pressure over the upper Midwest and
an active southern stream across the southern CONUS north through
the Tennessee valley. Temperatures should be well above normal in
the mid/upper 50s. Brought back chance pops Saturday night as low
pressure deepens across the mid Mississippi valley tracking toward
the Ohio valley.
.LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
A somewhat complicated weather pattern is progged to develop over
the weekend with a strong southern branch upper low and an upper low
over the northern plains. The southern branch low is progged to
drift northeast by early next week. The models continue to advertise
various solutions so no confidence yet in the exact track of the
upper low or the associated surface low. There may end up being a
reflection of a surface low in the Ohio Valley with an east coast
low as well. The best chance of showers would seem to be Sunday into
Temperatures are problematic depending on the exact track of the
surface low. No chance of snow but we could end up in a northeast
flow with a somewhat chilly rain by Monday... or we could end up in
a mild southeast flow. The forecast temperatures will be close to the
blended guidance for now.
The GFS is slower to eject the upper low early next week. Since
there is another system on its heels, the faster solutions may be
more reasonable. Will taper off the shower chances by Tuesday.
Nothing but Pacific air behind the system and temperatures will
remain above average.
.AVIATION /18Z Wednesday THROUGH Monday/...
Extensive stratus deck will remain across the area into Thursday.
Patchy drizzle will be mostly confined to NE Ohio and NW PA this
afternoon with gradual improvement to MVFR ceilings in some of the
southern and western sites after 20Z. Any improvement is expected to
be short lived with widespread IFR expected to return by 02Z-04Z.
Visibilities will likely drop to MVFR and possibly IFR again
overnight as inversion heights lower. Southerly flow will
eventually develop on the back side of the surface high as it
shifts east of the area on Thursday. Gradual clearing from the
southwest is expected towards 18Z with clouds expected to linger
at the eastern terminals through the end of the TAF cycle.
OUTLOOK...Non-VFR lingers through Thursday afternoon at the eastern
terminals then returns Thursday night and lingers into Saturday. Non-
VFR returns Sunday.
Decent west to southwest wind on Lake Erie behind the cold front and
likely being enhanced with the trough moving through early this
morning. Will issue a small craft advisory east of Cleveland until
10 AM although the wind and waves may remain near small craft
advisory into the afternoon. Winds will back to the south and
southeast on Thursday as high pressure slides across the lower Great
Lakes. Weak low pressure will drift across the Great Lakes Friday.
There should not be too much wind with the system with little in the
way of wind shift. Low pressure will deepen across the southern
states this weekend and winds on the lake will back to the east and