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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Duluth MN
316 PM CST Thu Nov 23 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 316 PM CST Thu Nov 23 2017

Main concerns for the short term are the slight chance of drizzle
or freezing drizzle in far northeast Minnesota tonight and warm
temperatures with rain chances on Friday.

Mainly clear skies were found across most of the Northland this
afternoon. Warm air advection aloft will continue tonight with 850
mb temperatures already well above freezing for much of the
Northland and a thermal ridge farther west over the western
Dakotas. Isentropic ascent has produced a narrow arc of clouds
from Aitkin County northwest into northwestern Minnesota. Look for
that arc of clouds to expand southeastward as the forcing lifts
northeast. Considerable dry air below the cloud layer was found
across the region with ceilings in the 7 kft range. BUFKIT
soundings from the NAM and RAP over northeast Minnesota keep a
substantial dry layer in place below the cloud deck, which will
limit drizzle/freezing drizzle potential tonight. Have moved the
precip mentions farther north with this forecast and raised
overnight low temperatures above the consensus blend.

A shortwave trough indicated in the RAP analysis and GOES-16
water vapor imagery over Alberta and southern British Columbia
will quickly advance across the Canadian Prairies tonight and into
Minnesota on Friday. Surface low pressure will scoot eastward
across northern Ontario with a cool front sliding through the
Northland. Light rain is forecast to develop along and ahead of
the front and move through the region. Temperatures aloft will
cool behind the front, but a potential for mixed precipitation
will hold off until late afternoon or evening. Very mild
temperatures are expected with lows tonight from the middle 20s
to the middle 30s, 10 to 20 degrees above normal. Continued mild
for Friday with highs near 40 north and the upper 40s southwest,
10 to 18 degrees above normal.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 316 PM CST Thu Nov 23 2017

The Friday system exits the system fairly quickly Friday night,
leaving some drizzle/freezing drizzle/snow chances for mainly the
Arrowhead and parts of northwest Wisconsin Friday night. This
should not have much of an impact as even if we do get these
weather types, we may only get some patchy ice accumulations. A
weak ridge axis moves across the area on Saturday and Saturday
night, with temperatures on the chilly side. Another shortwave
will move across Manitoba and Ontario late Saturday night and
Sunday, once again bringing a weak trough axis across the area. A
few models are producing precipitation, but most of them are drier
and have little if any precipitation and have left pops out of
the forecast with just an increase in cloud cover. Another ridge
slides through the area Sunday night.

We are finally beginning to get some consistency early next week,
with a longwave trough that swings across the CONUS. The GFS is
still more phased than the ECMWF, but much better than model runs
in the last few days. This should bring some warm temperatures
into the area, with highs rising several degrees above normals.
Late Monday and Monday night into early Tuesday some precipitation
chances will move through the area behind the surface boundary,
so INITIALLY we have rain which then becomes mixed with and
becomes all snow. We may see POPs increase in the next few runs as
long as the consistence continues to increase.

Later in the week confidence remains low, as model differences
become more significant. For now we have some chances for snow in
the Wednesday night/Thursday time range, with near normal
temperatures.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1143 AM CST Thu Nov 23 2017

VFR conditions across the terminals as of issuance time. An area
of LIFR/IFR stratus over northwest MN to swing northeast and is
expected to affect KINL with MVFR/IFR ceilings from 21z-01z. Have
lifted ceilings from observed as KINL may only be brushed with the
edge of this cloud cover, but it may be lower than currently
forecast. Strong southwesterlies are expected to develop aloft
after 00z, producing LLWS at all terminals through at least 11z,
but for some sites it lingers through the TAF period. Chances for
showers spread into the terminals beginning around 10z, but
visibilities should stay MVFR or higher.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DLH  29  44  23  29 /  20  50  10   0
INL  29  42  16  25 /  30  60  20   0
BRD  34  46  27  34 /  20  40   0   0
HYR  32  44  27  32 /   0  50   0   0
ASX  30  46  28  32 /  10  40  10  10

&&

.DLH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...None.
MN...None.
LS...Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 6 AM CST
     Saturday for LSZ121-140>148.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Huyck
LONG TERM...LE
AVIATION...LE


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