Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI
FXUS63 KMKX 261150
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
650 AM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017
Issued dense fog advisory south central in the counties bordering
Illinois closer to the approaching low with lighter winds. May
need to expand a little more north. However rain pushing north
from northeast illinois is causing a slight improvement in the
visibilities far southeast.
IFR/LIFR cigs and Vsbys are expected to persist through the day
over most of the areas as low pressure moves slowly northeastward
across far southeast Wisconsin. Areas near the Illinois border in
southeast Wisconsin should get into the cloudy warm sector
briefly late this afternoon with MVFR cigs. Scattered showers with
patchy drizzle will continue, with more persistent rainfall in
.PREV DISCUSSION... (Issued 320 AM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017)
TODAY and TONIGHT...Forecast confidence is medium.
A closed mid/upper low over southeast Iowa will drift across the
Wisconsin/Illinois border area today. The associated weakening
surface low will take a similar path, with the center reaching
southern Lake Michigan late this afternoon. Periods of light rain
associated with the upper divergence and 700 mb upward motion will
move across southern WI from south to north through the day,
Expect low clouds and areas of fog and drizzle in between the rain
through much of the day, especially east. There is a chance for
dense fog, especially near the lakeshore later tonight into Sunday
morning as winds become light and the surface low moves over. Far
southeast Wisconsin may get into the cloudy warm sector briefly this
afternoon, pushing temperatures into the lower to mid 50s.
Expect the low pressure to further weaken over the central Great
Lakes tonight. Northern areas will be close enough to lingering mid-
level circulation to warrant continuing a chance for some light rain
during the evening. This system will finally get nudged far enough
east of the area by late tonight diminishing or ending ending the
light rain chances.
MONDAY...Forecast confidence is medium.
Guidance remains generally split during this period. While all
models show a weak wave passing though the central CONUS on Monday,
the Euro/Canadian show a much more zonal pattern across the upper
midwest than the GFS/NAM. Unsurprisingly, the surface low that will
be in eastern OK on Monday morning is progged to have a more NE
track in the GFS/NAM and a more easterly track in the ECMWF/GEM.
Therefore the track favored by the GFS/NAM would bring a good chance
at precip to the CWA, bringing some modest dynamics in the form
of divergence aloft, DCVA, weak WAA, and even some
frontogenitical forcing in the mid to low levels. The ECMWF/GEM
track would keep much of that forcing to our south, leaving SE WI
largely dry. All solutions keep the lowest levels saturated
through the period, so at the very least we`re looking at another
dreary day with cloudy skies, and at worst we`re looking at light
rain on an off through the day.
This is essentially the same split-solution scenario we were
looking at on Saturday morning. Citing support from the Euro
ensemble members, WPC favors the flatter solution, and this seems
reasonable. However, given the track of the GFS/NAM and some
support from the GEFS members, cannot rule out a chance at rain on
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY...Forecast confidence is medium.
Generally zonal flow is expected in the mid to upper levels as
ridging works into the region while high pressure builds in at the
surface. The biggest discrepancies in the models are in the lower
levels. All guidance shows a period of CAA from Tuesday morning
through Wednesday, but the CAA is stronger in the GFS/NAM due to
the passage of the low on Monday. As such, there is a split in the
temperature forecasts with the GFS/NAM about 5-10 degrees cooler
than the Euro/Canadian. Will lean toward the Euro/Canadian
solution, though will be keeping temperatures along the lake cool
to account for onshore winds.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...Forecast confidence is low.
The split solution trend continues into the end of the week. All
guidance shows a deep cutoff low in the southwest on Wednesday,
gradually working its way to the NE. In the GFS, the cutoff low
passes well to the south of the state before transitioning into an
open wave on Friday once its over the central Great Lakes. This
would result in generally zonal flow over our area through this
period. Meanwhile, the Euro and Canadian have the low transitioning
to an open wave on Thursday over the Great Plains, bringing much
more meridional flow to the western Great Lakes on Thursday and
At the surface, this all translates to a low tracking either just
south of the Ohio River (GFS), through central Illinois (Euro) or
through southern Wisconsin (Canadian). The southerly track of the
GFS keeps southern WI completely dry whereas the other tracks
would translate into copious amounts of precip across the CWA. In
fact, if the Euro solution were just a few degrees cooler, it
would be showing a setup for a pretty significant snowstorm. This
far out, it`s tough to favor one solution to another, so will
generally be sticking with the blended guidance and we can
reevaluate at the solution becomes clearer.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY...confidence is low.
All guidance continues to show a split flow regime, with yet another
cutoff low over the desert southwest and a northern stream shortwave
pushing though the upper midwest. There are pretty significant
differences regarding the timing and intensity of this wave, but it
does look like a shortwave will pass the region toward the end of
the weekend. At the surface, high pressure will build into the
region in in the wake of the low pressure system mentioned in the
previous section, followed by another low pressure system.
Low clouds are expected to persist through Sunday as low pressure
moves slowly northeastward. Scattered showers with patchy drizzle
will continue tonight, with more persistent rainfall possible
tomorrow morning, especially in the east. Could see some lower
visibilities form tonight as the winds become lighter.
The early morning expiration of the Small Craft Advisory still looks
reasonable, as waves should fall below criteria by then as a weak
surface low moves across southern lake michigan this afternoon.
Low level moisture will continue to increase into this morning,
keeping the threat for dense fog going in the south as the low
pressure moves across. The fog will likely spread farther north,
so Marine Dense Fog Advisory has been expanded north to Sheboygan.
WI...Dense Fog Advisory until 10 AM CDT this morning for WIZ067>069.
LM...Dense Fog Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for LMZ645-646.
Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM CDT this morning for LMZ643>646.
Dense Fog Advisory until 4 PM CDT this afternoon for LMZ643-644.
Today/Tonight and Aviation/Marine...Hentz
Monday THROUGH Saturday...BSH