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FXUS63 KMKX 172054

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
250 PM CDT WED JAN 17 2018

.TONIGHT and THURSDAY...Forecast Confidence - Medium to High.

Strongest winds expected next several hours, with gusts of 25 to 30
mph, potentially reaching 35 mph in the Sheboygan area.  No problems
reported by law enforcement yet due to blowing and drifting snow.
Expect some drop in gustiness with loss of insolation this evening,
however strongest low level winds will be moving across southern WI
at this time.  Winds of 30 to 40 knots will be just off the surface
around 1k feet so potential for gustiness to continue at least
through the evening.

Otherwise, a quiet period expected as northerly steering winds back
to the northwest. This will allow milder air to advance into
southern WI during the period.  Strong, compact mid-level short wave
over southern Canada will track east southeast across the Lake
Superior/UP area on Thursday.  This will carry a period of mid-high
level cloudiness across the area on Thursday.  Low levels remain
parched so no precipitation is expected.  925H temps warm to around
zero on Thursday.  Expect temps to warm to the lower 30s, tempered
by the fresh widespread snow field.  Also, breezy southwest winds
will add an additional chill to the air.

.THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY - Forecast Confidence...Medium to

Quiet conditions to continue through this period as upper level
winds continue to back and become more zonal, ahead of short wave
trof pushing into the southwest CONUS.  This zonal flow will allow
milder air in the low levels to settle over the western Great Lakes.
925H temps will be in the zero to 5C above range both Friday and
Saturday. Little low level moisture but passing high level clouds
expected at times. Fresh snow will continue to retard temps but with
night time low level mixing keeping temps a bit warmer, daytime
temps should climb above freezing resulting in some settling/melting
of widespread snow cover. Mixing should also prevent significant fog
development at night.  Will need to watch for slick spots developing
at night from melting snow.


SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY - Forecast Confidence...Medium.

Main focus of this period will be deepening plains low pressure that
looks likely to track northeast into southern/central WI Sunday
night and Monday.  Increasing southerly winds ahead of the
strengthening low will allow deeper low to mid level moisture to
stream northward into the region. Last several runs of the GFS and
ECMWF showing some waffeling of track of low pressure Sunday night
and Monday, however GFS ensembles in good agreement on the surface
low pressure tracking across southern WI on Monday.

Still looks like warmer air will sweep into southern WI ahead of
this system resulting in mostly a liquid precipitation type Sunday
into Monday, possibly beginning as a mix Saturday night. Pavement
temperatures will be a concern at the onset but should warm above
freezing quickly. Northwest and far western CWA will be more on the
edge of colder low level temps and may receive more of a rain/snow
mix. Wedge of drier air wrapping into circulation may end
precipitation for a time on Monday before colder air and light snow
spreads into the area Monday night into Tuesday.  Colder air will
return for mid-week, with a potential period of accumulating snow
and rain/snow mix late in the week.



VFR conditions to continue with patchy blowing snow next few hours.
Core of strong low level winds will cause low level wind shear
across the area for a time overnight.



Small Craft Advisory continues into Thursday afternoon.  Will need
to watch gusts closely north of Port Washington this evening as
potential for a few gusts to 35 knots.



WI...Winter Weather Advisory until 9 PM CST this evening for WIZ052.
LM...Small Craft Advisory until 3 PM CST Thursday for LMZ643>646.


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