Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDTX 262317

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
717 PM EDT Sun Mar 26 2017


Widespread IFR ceilings and visibilities are expected to continue
through much of the overnight. While pockets of slightly higher
ceilings may emerge for a few observations at the Detroit regional
terminals, expect that the presence of the low-level warm front will
aid in collecting enough near surface moisture to re-establish lower
ceilings once again overnight. There appears to be enough boundary
layer flow overnight to support mainly a stratus deck with light fog
prevailing. Otherwise, a couple of rounds of showers will pivot
northeast across the region through midnight. There is an outside
shot for a couple of more vigorous updrafts capable of supporting
lightning. Coverage is far too paltry to insert into the terminal
forecasts at this time. For Monday, ceilings and visibilities will
improve through the morning - leaving an MVFR broken ceiling through
the afternoon.

For DTW...ceilings will remain below 5kft through the forecast
frame. Visibilities will fluctuate the most during the first 4-6
hours as the surface warm front encourages greater moisture
convergence. There is a small chance for a thunderstorm in the
vicinity prior to midnight - but will handle with amendments. Winds
will emerge out of the southwest on Monday - helping to clear out
the near surface moisture.


* High for cigs below 5000 feet through the TAF period.

* Low for thunderstorms in the DTW airspace through 05Z.


Issued at 335 PM EDT Sun Mar 26 2017


Stacked/occluded low pressure system now lifting across northern IL
will continue northeast and across lower MI while gradually
weakening tonight. Steady moisture transport within the immediate
downstream warm conveyor will maintain a presence through this
evening, before the inbound height falls squeeze this moisture plume
eastward.  This will continue to support convective shower develop
as periodic episodes of greater ascent/convergence emerge within the
existing perturbed cyclonic flow and across the warm frontal zone.
Weak instability off the surface to maintain a shot at embedded
thunder, small hail a possibility given suppressed freezing levels.
Slow northward advancement of the surface warm front thus far, but a
late push may still provide a quick climb in temperatures /50s/ this
evening.  Diminishing mid level ascent as the weakening circulation
passes overhead will sustain a disorganized and diminishing coverage
of showers through the overnight hours.

Trailing weak frontal passage Monday morning will provide a
minor/brief period of cold air advection across the 850-925 mb
layer, but will have little impact at the surface aside from a wind
shift to west-southwest.  This advection combined with an already
moist low level profile will favor greater retention and/or renewed
development of clouds during the daylight period.  In addition,
thickening mid level cloud associated with the next inbound
shortwave becomes a factor by afternoon.  Despite this, resident
airmass remains relatively mild, arguing for modest recovery that
results in temperatures peaking above normal.

Attention for the Monday night period focused on the shortwave now
lifting out of the southern Rockies.  This system will make a
progressive move east-northeast over the next 36 hours, still
projected to translate across the Ohio valley by Monday night. Lower
Michigan will remain along the northern extent of any corresponding
increase in system relative isentropic ascent during this time.  In
addition, model variance remains high in projecting a possible
trailing deformation axis, owing to continued differences in both
the strength and exact trajectory of the key features.  12z NAM
unsurprisingly the most robust in development of this wave and a
corresponding maturation of the mid level dynamics to the north.
This solution would favor a more expansive and potentially heavier
rainfall scenario.  12z GFS arriving more in tune with the
ECMWF/Canadian, providing simply a period of isentropic ascent.
Outgoing forecast will continue to hold the line with the less
dynamic model solution space, maintaining a measured stance on
precipitation chances and QPF totals with northward extent.

Increasing influence of 1035 mb high pressure centered over eastern
Manitoba will then define conditions heading into the midweek
period.  This in conjunction with confluent mid level flow will
establish a drying and more stable environment beginning Tuesday.
Cooler northerly flow with residual cloudiness will bring
temperatures back down toward seasonal averages for late March
/around 50 degrees/.

Surface high pressure will continue to keep conditions dry
throughout Wednesday as temperatures push into a seasonal lower 50s
for a daytime high. The GFS has finally come into better agreement
with both the ECMWF and GEM model runs regarding a developing low
pressure system that is expected to move from TX into MI/Ohio Valley
Wednesday through Friday. Confidence is much higher regarding the
chance for precipitation starting Thursday morning/afternoon, with
PoP values increasing late Thursday into Friday. Both the ECMWF and
GEM models continue to exhibit a more northerly track with the low
compared to the GFS, pushing the low across southern Michigan
through Friday afternoon. The GFS run tracks just south of Michigan,
moving across the Ohio Valley throughout Friday.

In any case, while confidence in precipitation has risen, still some
minor questions remain regarding precipitation type. A warm column
of air overhead will bring rain throughout Thursday. Internal model
blends opted for a rain/snow mix and snow through Friday morning,
however, going to keep mostly rain for the CWA, except portions of
the thumb, as ECMWF and GEM models keep us mild through the morning.
While the GFS is cooler at this time for the forecasted period,
forecasted soundings did not give any solid indication for a wintry
mix or snow through Friday morning. Additional tweaks in timing and
possibly precipitation type will be needed as the end of the week


Winds will become fairly light this evening, gradually shifting from
southerly to westerly overnight as low pressure tracks through the
Central Great Lakes. Rain showers will continue to affect the area,
with a few thunderstorms also possible over southern Lake Huron,
Lake St Clair and western Lake Erie through late tonight. A ridge of
high pressure will briefly build into the region Monday, keeping
winds light and bringing drier weather. The next low pressure system
will track close to the Michigan/Ohio border Monday night into
Tuesday, bringing another round of rain showers and a modest
increase in north winds.


Rain showers will become less widespread by late evening before
tapering off overnight. Additional rain amounts for the late
afternoon and evening will generally range around 0.25 inches or
less, but will be locally higher in any thunderstorms or stronger
showers that develop. Rain should be mainly out of the area by 2AM.


Lake Huron...NONE.
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.



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