Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI
FXUS63 KMKX 140840
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
240 AM CST Sat Jan 14 2017
.TODAY AND TONIGHT...Forecast confidence is High.
Expect quiet conditions today with surface high pressure in control.
Mostly cloudy skies should linger into morning, with clearing
arriving from the north during the afternoon as mid levels dry.
Upper levels clouds will continue, especially near the Illinois
border. Main issue will be some lingering moisture in the low
levels, especially near Lake Michigan that also extends into
portions of south central Wisconsin. This will gradually mix out.
.SUNDAY - Confidence...High
Mid level flow proggd to be broadly anticyclonic with elongated vort
axis strung out across northern WI. Surface/850 millibar ridging
will keep things dry. Best 700 RH remains off to our south. Hints of
some weak 925/850 waa with 925 temps moderating to near 0c.
.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY - Confidence...Low to Medium
The influence of the dry air and ridging gives way to increasing
moisture advection with southerly flow associated with an
eastward translation of LLJ in the central plains. The 12z ECMWF was
more aggressive with bringing QPF into srn WI while the 00z GFS and
GEM show just a nudge into the far sw CWA late in the night. Precip
will continue to expand across srn WI Monday morning with the low
level moisture transport. It still looks like sfc temps will be
tricky for precip type this period with Bufkit soundings showing the
warm layer with support for a mix of fzra/sleet and a brief period
of light snow at the outset. Later Monday morning the low level temp
field is proggd to modify with a northward shift in the mixed precip
with rain becoming more prevalent in the srn cwa. 850 temps will be
on the rise well into the single digits celsius during the
afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory would be the likely scenario to
handle the freezing rain/sleet/light snow potential for Monday
.MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY - Confidence...Medium
Mid level shortwave trough lifts northeast with a surface/850 low
heading towards the area. This will enhance the rainfall across the
area. Went with some hefty pops. Surface low pulls way on Tuesday
though secondary mid level shortwave will be on the way with low
level troughing lingering. Weak caa on Tuesday though soundings/BL
temps suggest precip likely to retain the liquid form. However the
GFS shows an intrusion of colder temps than the other models which
could result in some snow mixing in later Tuesday into Tuesday
.WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT - Confidence...Medium
Overall quiet period with a warming trend. Mid level ridging takes
hold with little in the way of forcing to include any pops at this
.FRIDAY - Confidence...Low to Medium
Warming trend continues although model disparity with respect to
timing of next system arriving. The GFS is most aggressive in
bringing a low with a surge of rain on Friday. Meanwhile the Euro
and GEM keep things dry. Will stick with the Superblend which does
include some chancy pops accounting for the more progressive GFS.
.AVIATION/12Z TAFS/...Main issue will be clouds and ceilings near
Lake Michigan and even into portions of south central Wisconsin
with lingering low level moisture. Light northeast winds in the
low levels have allowed for a few areas of MVFR ceilings in the
1500 to 2000 foot range especially near lake Michigan. However the
moisture and clouds are shallow so scattered to broken areas of
MVFR could linger into early afternoon. This will gradually mix
out. Meanwhile mid levels dry. Upper levels clouds will continue,
especially near the Illinois border.
Weak surface high will result in Light winds.
.MARINE...Winds will be generally light into tonight with a weak
surface high across the area.
Winds should then gradually increase Sunday night into Monday night,
as low pressure moves toward the area from the southwest. Winds
may approach Small Craft Advisory levels Tuesday into Wednesday,
as a tighter pressure gradient develops with offshore winds.
TODAY/TONIGHT AND AVIATION/MARINE...Hentz
Sunday THROUGH Friday...Collar