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FXUS63 KDTX 161511 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
1011 AM EST Fri Feb 16 2018


As of 1010 AM EST...Current forecast largely in good shape with just
some minor tweaks regarding the timing of the breaking up of clouds
this afternoon. Regional observations and satellite this morning
continue to indicate plentiful stratus deck across much of the
region, with the exception being some partial clearing reaching into
portions of the Saginaw Valley. Forecast soundings continue to reveal
that this shallow boundary layer moisture remains trapped under a
strengthening subsidence inversion, that will initially be aided by
diurnal heating heading into the early afternoon. However, building
high pressure and increasing dry air noted upstream will continue to
advect southeastward into lower Michigan as the afternoon progresses,
with dry air entrainment processes at the boundary layer capping
inversion finally eroding cloud cover rapidly by early evening. A few
light snow showers across the northern lower peninsula will struggle
to make it too far south, so expecting a dry day across the region.
Temperatures will be cooler than yesterday, generally in the 30s.
With a brisk northwest wind, wind chills will bring a nip to the air
with values as cold as the upper single digits at times.


Issued at 524 AM EST Fri Feb 16 2018


Inversion induced by weak cold air advection is focusing the low
level moisture into a MVFR stratus field which will impact the
region into the afternoon hours. Meanwhile high pressure beginning
to build across the southern Great Lakes is reinforcing this
inversion while introducing much drier mid level air overhead.
Challenge will be in timing the break up of the stratus this
afternoon as hires model soundings suggest the stratus will hold
well into the afternoon hours before scattering out, even with the
deep layer of dry air moving in. Clear skies will start the
overnight period before cirrus debris starts moving into the area.
Northwest winds will be gusty this afternoon before weakening and
backing to the southwest tonight.

For DTW...Cigs at MVFR restrictions lingering into this afternoon.
Gusty northwest winds should stay below crosswind thresholds this
afternoon peaking near 20 knots.


* High for cigs below 5000 ft today. Low for tonight.

Issued at 241 AM EST Fri Feb 16 2018


A cold frontal boundary will continue to sag south of the area today
as high pressure builds quickly eastward into the southern Great
Lakes and Ohio Valley. Cooler conditions can be expected today into
Saturday as this feature builds across the region. High temperatures
will generally range in the 30s both days with low temperatures in
the teens for most locations early Saturday morning. This high will
also bring a period of quiet weather into Saturday.

The next chance of precipitation will come late Saturday into
Saturday night as a shortwave disturbance, now coming onshore over
British Columbia, races through the region within rather progressive
upper level flow. A second notable shortwave disturbance within the
subtropical jet stream will lift from near Baja California into Ohio
Valley during the same time frame. At this time, the consensus of
model runs suggest these features will not phase with each other.
That will keep heavier rainfall to the south of the area with the
southern wave while a period of light snow showers shifts through
lower Michigan with the northern stream wave. Accumulations, if any,
still appear to be insignificant.

A large shift in the upper level pattern is then expected to take
shape from late this weekend into the first part of next week as
upper troughing builds into the western CONUS and upper ridging
expands over much of the CONUS east of the Mississippi Valley. The
developing southwesterly flow regime will lead to milder readings by
Sunday with high temperatures climbing back into the 40s.

From late Sunday night into Tuesday, several shortwaves (and related
low pressure systems) are forecast to eject northeastward from this
building upper trough into the upper midwest/western Great Lakes.
Current positioning of the mean upper trough/ridge pattern suggests
these disturbances will track west of the region and keep Southeast
Lower Michigan within the warm sector. This will bring widespread
50s to the forecast both Monday and Tuesday with a very good chance
at precipitation (mainly rainfall) as a substantial amount of
moisture is pulled northeast into the area within this pattern. Will
even maintain a mention of thunder on Tuesday as elevated stability
levels decrease with this influx of moist/mild air.

From Wednesday on, the western CONUS upper trough gradually expands
eastward to cover more of NOAM. This will bring a cooling trend from
mid to late next week with drier conditions also settling back into
the region. Highs by Wednesday/Thursday will settle back into the
30s to around 40 with lows in the 20s.


Cold air advection has begun in the wake of the Thursday evening
cold front. A second surge of colder air will occur this morning
which will keep northwesterly winds elevated through the afternoon.
There will be a brief period where gusts could exceed 30 knots
today. Winds will then back to more westerly while decreasing this
afternoon as high pressure begins building across the southern Great
Lakes. This will result in a lull in the winds until Saturday when
the high drifts off to the east bringing southwesterly flow back
across the region in advance of the next cold front. Winds will once
again gust to near 30 knots Saturday afternoon into the evening


Lake Huron...NONE.
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.



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