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FXUS63 KGRR 170641

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
141 AM EST Tue Jan 17 2017


Issued at 140 AM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

A storm system moving through the Great Lakes will bring rain and
freezing rain to the area into mid morning. As the system moves
out of the area later today some showers are possible. High
pressure will bring dry conditions with slow clearing Wednesday
into Wednesday night. Dry weather with warmer than normal
temperatures are expected into Friday.


Issued at 140 AM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

I extended the headlines for the freezing rain advisory through 7
am east of Grand Rapids since Mesonet temperatures remain near to
below freezing in those areas. It does not seem like air
temperatures will rise all that much through 7 am in those areas.
I ended the headlines along the lake shore all the way to Mason
County as air temperature were above freezing.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday night)
Issued at 318 PM EST Mon Jan 16 2017

Forecast concerns deal with p-type as low pressure moves across
Lower Michigan early Tuesday.

Radar continues to be active this afternoon with echos aoa 25 dbz
over the cwa. A mix of rain to the south and freezing rain/sleet in
the central/north will continue through tonight. Regional radar
shows a large area of pcpn extending from the low in northeast
Kansas east through Pennsylvania. We have quite a bit of pcpn to go
through yet.  Local observations have climbed to 36 in Kalamazoo and
35 in Battle Creek. It`s worth noting that MOS temps have been 2-5
degrees too high compared to actual temps this afternoon. As night
approaches we may see a degree or so decrease in temps and kept that
in mind as it related to current headlines. We have canceled the
freezing rain advisory in Allegan, Barry, and Calhoun counties as
temps there are the warmest. The remainder of the headlines are
unchanged. It`s possible that additional counties may be canceled
this evening depending on temperature trends. Until then, thermal
profiles favor freezing rain and perhaps some sleet. One thing to
consider is that sfc/roadway temps will be a degree or two colder
than the standard asos/awos observation. Temps are progd to rise a
bit overnight and pcpn over most of the cwa will turn to rain. The
exception will be the far northeast counties where freezing
rain/sleet will linger into Tuesday morning.

Once the low moves across the southern cwa Tuesday morning, we`ll
see pcpn end from northwest to southeast. Tuesday night through
Wednesday night look dry as high pressure moves over the Ohio

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Monday)
Issued at 318 PM EST Mon Jan 16 2017

Confidence is fairly high that the area will see a fairly mild
period through the long term by January standards, with a couple
better chances of rain through next Monday.

The mild air expected through the period results from the northern
branch of the upper jet remaining mainly north and west of the
CONUS. We will see an upper ridge controlling our weather initially,
bringing some sun and mild temps for Thu. A threat of some mainly
rain will come in later Thu night into Fri as the upper system
currently across the Four Corners region will lift up toward the
area. This will weaken as it moves toward the upper ridge in place.
It will draw some Gulf moisture north toward the area.

We will see a break in the better chances for rain then for much of
the weekend, before they move back in for early next week. The ridge
will re-establish itself over the area as a strong Pacific jet
brings a fairly large amplitude trough over the Western U.S.. This
will keep the mild air in over the area, with 50 degrees not out of
the question next weekend.

Rain chances will then move back in by Mon, as the next Wrn trough
lifts out of the wrn states and toward the area. This will bring
another surge of warm and moist air up from the Gulf.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday night)
Issued at 1143 PM EST Mon Jan 16 2017

IFR and LIFR will continue to plague the region over the next 24
hours. Low ceilings and vsbys will persist. Pcpn type will remain
rain at the TAF sites, with perhaps some snow mixing in toward
the end of this TAF period. However, we should see a break in the
rain for most of the afternoon.

Winds will remain easterly around 10 knots through the early
morning. Then the winds will swing around to the west by


Issued at 140 AM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

The system moving through the Great Lakes today has a weak
pressure gradient then high pressure builds in behind that so I do
not see a need for any marine headlines through Saturday and
possibly beyond that.


Issued at 122 PM EST Sat Jan 14 2017

Rivers are running above normal across the area due to rain, melted
snow and ice jams. The Grand River at Robinson Township has an
active warning for minor flooding. Multiple sites also have active
advisories. A period of colder than normal temperatures through the
weekend may allow river ice to thicken. Next week looks warmer than
normal with highs possibly reaching the 50s. This could melt the
river ice and allow the rivers to flush out.


MI...Freezing Rain Advisory until 7 AM EST this morning for MIZ058-

     Winter Weather Advisory until 9 AM EST this morning for



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