Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCLE 241925 AFDCLE Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Cleveland OH 325 PM EDT Fri Mar 24 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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A front north of Lake Erie will move little overnight but will move back south of the lake on Saturday where it will stall again. Low pressure over Oklahoma will move to northern Illinois by early Sunday and then across the central Great Lakes Sunday night and Monday. A front from this low will move across the local area late Sunday. Another area of low pressure will pass just to the southeast of the area on Tuesday.
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&& .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SATURDAY MORNING/...
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The shower activity from earlier in the day has ended and much of the area should be dry overnight. The earlier activity was likely caused by some mid level warming and moistening. Overnight precip chances will be confined to mainly NW PA which will be closest to the front. The front will begin to drift back south after 06z and it is possible that the NW tip of the area could see some showers by 12z. Temps will again be tricky as it has gotten warm today. Guidance numbers are in good agreement and will be followed.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
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Precip chances will continue to be a challenge during the period. It looks like much of the area could remain dry both Saturday and Saturday night. Precip chances will be mainly confined to the western and northern ends of the area. Have gone ahead and lowered precip chances most areas for both periods. No longer expecting all day rains just passing showers from time to time. The other challenge for Saturday is the front which will move back south of the lake by midday. Depending on which guidance you believe the front will be through CLE between mid and late morning with temps falling considerably behind this feature. Lows near the lakeshore will likely occur by mid morning. Further inland it will be another warm day so by 18z there could be a 20 degree or more temperature gradient. Precip chances will finally advance to the southeastern end of the area on Sunday as the surface low crosses the western lakes. A front from this low will lift across the area by the end of the day. Will go with high pops and warm temps all areas. Sunday will also see the best chances for thunder as surface dewpoints will be in the lower 50s. Things will try to dry out from southwest to northeast on Sunday night. Cannot rule out a few showers on Monday. It will again be warm with highs 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Precip chances will begin to increase again Monday night as another low approaches from the southwest. Lot`s of model differences with that system and those can be dealt with later. Have stayed on the warm side of guidance for highs.
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&& .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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Rather fast zonal flow with progressive embedded cut off lows will persist across the eastern half of the US during the period. A weak system will be exiting the region Tuesday with a few lingering showers over the eastern half of the CWA mainly in the morning. Weak seasonably cool high pressure will build by to the north and produce a cool northerly flow off of still chilly Lake Erie. The next system will approach the region Thursday with some uncertainty in timing and phasing of the northern and southern jet streams. The ECMWF phases both streams into another major storm west of the region while the GFS is weaker and slower with a more southern track. In either case moisture will move into the region late Thursday or Thursday night and last into Friday with showers.
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&& .AVIATION /18Z Friday THROUGH Wednesday/... Strong mixing behind a warm front has produced wind gusts around 25kt across the terminals. This will gradually diminish after dark and once the mixing and low level jet weaken. Moisture advection will support some cloudy conditions overnight which will help prevent fog development despite dew points around 50 degrees. Ceilings will move in around 5k feet, but could drop as low as 2500 feet closer to the warm front near the lakeshore. The primary challenge on Saturday will be the location and timing of the front as it dips back south into the region. The Erie airport will see the wind shift to the northeast will occur around 12Z with MVFR and possible IFR conditions thereafter. For CLE the timing will be difficult as models waver between 14 and 18Z. MVFR will likely transition to IFR during the day as rain chances increase. The next TAF site to see reduced conditions will be TOL which will be at the tail end of this TAF period. OUTLOOK...Areas of non-VFR Saturday and Sunday. Non VFR possible again Monday night and Tuesday. && .MARINE...
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Small craft advisories are in place for the nearshore waters through the evening for the frequent gusts around 25 knots. There will be a drop in winds and waves overnight as the pressure gradient relaxes with high pressure over eastern Canada. The frontal boundary over the northern part of the lake will move south as a backdoor cold front late tonight into early Saturday morning. This will keep rain and cooler conditions over the lake. Northeast winds will strengthen on Saturday afternoon as the low over Missouri deepens and moves towards the Ohio Valley. Small craft conditions will likely develop especially given the favorable fetch in northeast flow. Southeast winds will develop on Sunday as the low lifts north of the region. Conditions will continue to improve into Monday.
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&& .CLE WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... OH...None. PA...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until midnight EDT tonight for LEZ145>149. Small Craft Advisory until 9 PM EDT this evening for LEZ142>144. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Kubina NEAR TERM...Kubina SHORT TERM...Kubina LONG TERM...LaPlante AVIATION...Jamison MARINE...Jamison

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