Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI
FXUS63 KMKX 132139
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
340 PM CST FRI JAN 13 2017
.TONIGHT AND SATURDAY - Forecast Confidence...Medium.
Flurry chances will linger into early tonight as a weak wave
passesthrough. There is forcing for ascent in the form of focused
700 mbwarm advection, weak differential cyclonic vorticity
advection, andsome jet-level divergence from the right entrance
region of adeparting speed max. Taking an isentropic perspective, we
can infersome upglide on the 295 theta temperature surface, with
weak omegaco-located with condensation pressure deficits around 10
mb. The biggest obstacle to getting much in the way of precipitation
at thesurface remains a dry layer around 900 to 950 mb. So far this
layer has been slow to saturate, but we are seeing a few flurry
reports as we head into late afternoon. As for accumulations, it`s
not out of the question that some places could see a couple tenths,
but for most this system should provide a dusting at best. Any
flurries or light snow showers should exit the area early tonight.
Onshore fetch tonight should keep low-level moisture in place, with
mostly cloudy skies into Saturday morning. With cloud cover and weak
to neutral temperature advection, temperatures should hold steady
tonight. They may even rise a degree or two in the southeast towards
Expect quiet conditions for Saturday with surface high pressure in
control. Mostly cloudy skies should linger into morning, with
clearing arriving from the north during the afternoon. Temperatures
will be seasonal in the 20s to around 30.
.SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY - Forecast Confidence...High
transitioning to Medium.
Fairly benign weather conditions to continue for the first half of
this period as a large high pressure area moves across the western
Great Lakes. A cold night is likely Saturday night with light winds
and lack of significant cloud cover. Temps will likely be a few
degrees below seasonal normal. Temps on Sunday helped by at least
partial sunshine should warm back up to around seasonal normal
for mid-January, into the mid 20s to lower 30s.
Short term guidance remains in good agreement /at least initially/on
closed low over Texas panhandle on Sunday taking a northeast track
through the central Plains into the western Great Lakes later Monday
into Monday night. Some disagreement on strength of this system as
it progresses northeast due to possible phasing with upstream short
wave trof sagging into the northern Plains from Canada. Despite
descrepancy on synoptic pattern resolution aloft, strong south winds
ahead of this short wave will transport deeper moisture and warmer
air northward into southern WI later Sunday night and Monday.
Initial dry atmosphere and maximum wet bulb aloft remaining below
zero should result in light snow developing at the onset
transitioning to a period of sleet and light freezing rain late
Sunday night and Monday morning before changing to mostly light rain
and drizzle later in the day Monday as warm air continues to surge
northward. Temperatures are likely to rise above freezing later
Monday morning and early afternoon. Pavement temps likely to lag a
few hours behind so may have a period of light freezing rain and
sleet that may impact the Monday morning commute.
MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY - Forecast Confidence...Low to Medium.
Medium range guidance diverges somewhat on amount of
reintensification and exact track of secondary low pressure area
forming along baroclinic over central Plains area Monday night. GFS
more aggressive on digging northern stream short wave into the upper
midwest Monday night and kicking first short wave rapidly northeast
thru the central GtLakes. As a result, GFS now taking a more
easterly and quicker track of sfc low across southeast WI later
Monday night. ECMWF well west of this track and slower, taking sfc
low across central and eastern IA. Canadian a weaker blend between
GFS and ECMWF. Also of note is that the ECMWF has been trending
east with track over last several runs. WPC model blend relying
more on weaker ECMWF and ECMWF ensembles for sfc track and timing.
Canadian show more phasing of northern and southern streams
resulting in weaker low pressure tracking northeast through the area
during the period. Canadian and GFS farther east with low pressure
passage across srn WI which would bring a wintery mix transitioning
to mostly snow over western parts of CWA later Monday night into Tue
morning before precip concludes. For now, remaining with warmer
solution, but may need to introduce more of a mix changing to snow
in parts of the area Monday night into Tue. Hence considerable
uncertainty regarding track of this next system and ptype in later
No significant post-system cold push for the middle of next week as
upstream flow remains more zonal. In fact, ECMWF and GFS show zonal
flow transitioning to stronger southwest flow ahead of pair of long
wave trofs moving across western CONUS later next week. Canadian
slower in transition to warmer southwest flow due to deeper low
pressure lingering over the Gulf Coast states.
GFS 5-day 500H anomolies show large 200m positive anomoly over
eastern Gtlakes and southeast Canada valid 00/Sat. However signs of
large positive anomoly weakening as steering flow transitions back
to more unsettled, zonal flow to start the week of fourth full week
of January. Expect above normal temperatures for much of the
period with snow cover remaining low most areas.
Ceilings will continue to gradually lower this afternoon, but should
generally remain within the VFR to borderline MVFR flight
categories. Flurries and a few light snow showers remain possible
into early tonight. They shouldn`t be impactful, with a dusting to
perhaps a few tenths of an inch of accumulation at best. Quiet
weather is expected for Saturday with partial clearing by late
afternoon or evening.
High pressure will bring quiet conditions to the nearshore waters
for tonight through Sunday. Expect weak onshore flow tonight, with
offshore flow on Saturday. We may see flurries and a snow shower or
two this evening. Otherwise, the next chance for precipitation is on
Sunday night into Tuesday.
TONIGHT AND SATURDAY/AVIATION/MARINE...SPM
SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY...MBK