Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KILN 071156 AFDILN AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH 656 AM EST SUN FEB 7 2016 .SYNOPSIS... SEASONABLY MILD TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TODAY AS HIGH PRESSURE PUSHES OFF TO THE EAST. RAIN SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT...WITH A MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS CONTINUING INTO MONDAY. A STRONGER COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT...LEADING TO COLDER TEMPERATURES AND OCCASIONAL SNOW SHOWERS THROUGH MID WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... SKIES ARE CLEAR THIS MORNING ACROSS OUR AREA...BUT WE SHOULD BEGIN TO SEE AN INCREASE IN SOME HIGH AND MID LEVEL CLOUDINESS FROM THE NORTHWEST LATER THIS MORNING AND INTO THIS AFTERNOON. IN SOUTHWESTERLY LOW LEVEL FLOW...THERMAL FIELDS WILL GRADUALLY MODERATE AGAIN THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. THIS SHOULD HELP TEMPERATURES PUSH UP INTO THE UPPER 40S TO LOWER 50S THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY/... SHORT WAVE ENERGY ROTATING DOWN ACROSS THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES WILL HELP PUSH AN INITIAL COLD FRONT EASTWARD INTO OUR AREA TONIGHT. IN SOUTHERLY FLOW OUT AHEAD OF THIS...MOISTURE WILL BE ON THE INCREASE OVERNIGHT AND AS THE LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE AHEAD OF THE FRONT BEGINS TO INCREASE...WE SHOULD SEE SOME DEVELOPMENTAL SHOWER ACTIVITY ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF OUR FA THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS...BECOMING MORE WIDESPREAD AS IT PROGRESSES INTO EASTERN PORTIONS OF OUR AREA THROUGH THE NIGHT. LOW LEVEL THERMAL PROFILES REMAIN WARM ENOUGH TO KEEP THE BULK OF THIS PCPN ALL RAIN...BUT SUPPOSE WE COULD SEE A MIX LATE TONIGHT ACROSS THE WEST AS SOME COOLER AIR STARTS TO WORK IN BEHIND THE FRONT. WE WILL THEN GET INTO A BIT OF A DRY SLOT ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE INITIAL SHORT WAVE AND FRONT SO WILL TAPER BACK POPS TO LOWER CHANCE HEADING INTO MONDAY MORNING. AS WE PROGRESS THROUGH LATE MORNING AND INTO THE AFTERNOON...LOW LEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL BEGIN TO INCREASE...LEADING TO SOME WEAK LOWER LEVEL INSTABILITIES. THIS IS MOST PROMINENT ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF OUR FA...SO EXPECT TO SEE AN INCREASE IN SHOWER COVERAGE ACROSS THE WEST THROUGH LATE MORNING AND THEN WORKING EAST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. PTYPE WILL BE PROBLEMATIC...AS WEAK LOW LEVEL CAA WILL BE COUNTERED BY A LITTLE BIT OF DAYTIME HEATING. THIS MAY LEAD TO PCPN STARTING OFF AS SNOW SHOWERS IN THE WEST AND POSSIBLY A RAIN/SNOW MIX IN THE EAST...THEN POSSIBLY TRANSITIONING OVER TO A BETTER CHANCE OF RAIN ACROSS AT LEAST THE EAST...BEFORE SWITCHING BACK TO ALL SNOW FROM THE WEST THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON INTO EARLY MONDAY EVENING. TEMPERATURES WILL BE TRICKY ON MONDAY BUT SHOULD ONLY BUMP UP A FEW DEGREES...WITH HIGHS GENERALLY RANGING FROM THE MID 30S WEST TO UPPER 30S EAST. THE SECONDARY ARCTIC FRONT WILL PUSH ACROSS THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT...WITH GOOD CAA DEVELOPING. IN CYCLONIC LOW LEVEL FLOW AND A FETCH OFF OF LAKE MICHIGAN...EXPECT OCCASIONAL SNOW SHOWERS TO CONTINUE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE DENDRITIC GROWTH ZONE WILL GRADUALLY LOWER MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY AND WITH COLDER TEMPERATURES...WE SHOULD HAVE SOME BETTER LIQUID TO SNOW RATIOS. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS MAY NOT BE ALL THAT UNIFORM DUE TO SOME OF THE MORE SHOWERY NATURE OF THE PRECIPITATION. IN GENERAL THOUGH EXPECT AN INCH OR SO OF ACCUMULATIONS MONDAY NIGHT WITH ANOTHER INCH OR SO ON TUESDAY. EXPECT LOWS MONDAY NIGHT IN THE MID 20S WITH HIGHS ON TUESDAY ONLY IN THE 25 TO 30 DEGREE RANGE. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY THE H5 LOW BEGINS TO PINWHEEL OUT TO THE EAST AND FILL. LOW LEVEL FLOW WILL REMAIN OFF THE LAKES HOWEVER...CAUSING SNOW SHOWERS TO LINGER. STARTED TUESDAY NIGHT OFF WITH LIKELY SNOW SHOWERS AND GRADUALLY ALLOWED POPS TO LOWER THROUGH THE NIGHT ALONG WITH WEDNESDAY. BY THURSDAY...HIGH PRESSURE TRIES TO BUILD IN AT THE SURFACE. THE GFS IS THE OUTLIER AS IT RUNS SOME H5 ENERGY SE ACROSS THE REGION...PRODUCING A STREAK OF SNOW THROUGH NRN KY. WILL HOLD OFF MENTIONING ANY SNOW WITH THIS FEATURE FOR NOW BUT WILL KEEP AN EYE ON IT. BY THE END OF THE WEEK MORE ENERGY DROPS OUT OF CANADA...PUSHING A COLD FRONT THROUGH THE REGION. THIS BRINGS CAA FLOW OFF THE LAKES AGAIN AND COULD BRING SOME FLURRIES. FOR SATURDAY MODELS ARE DIFFERING ON THEIR PLACEMENT OF THE SFC HIGH...WHICH WOULD AFFECT THE POSSIBILITY OF ADDITIONAL SNOW SHOWERS. LEFT SATURDAY DRY FOR NOW. TEMPERATURES WILL BE BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE PERIOD. LOWS WILL DROP BACK INTO THE TEENS TUESDAY NIGHT WITH HIGHS ONLY REACHING THE LOWER TO MID 20S ON WEDNESDAY. AFTER ANOTHER COLD NIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH LOWS 10- 15...TEMPERATURES WILL RISE BACK TO THE MID 20S. FRIDAY COULD BE THE WARMEST DAY OF THE PERIOD AS HIGHS GET UP TO EITHER SIDE OF 30 BEFORE THE COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH...DROPPING TEMPERATURES FOR SATURDAY. && .AVIATION /12Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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CURRENTLY ALL TAF SITES VFR AS SURFACE RIDGING TO THE SOUTH HAS SLOWLY STARTED TO BREAKDOWN THIS MORNING. LOW LEVEL WINDS ARE STILL FORECASTED TO BE AROUND 35 KTS THIS AFTERNOON SO HAVE KEPT MENTION OF GUSTS IN TAFS. THE MAIN CONCERN FOR THE TAFS IS WHEN THE PRECIP WILL ARRIVE TONIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. HIGH RES MODELS ARE GENERALLY SHOWING PRECIP ARRIVING IN THE WESTERN TERMINALS LATE TONIGHT AND THEN INTO COLUMBUS MONDAY MORNING. ALL PRECIP SHOULD START OUT AS RAIN AS FORECAST SOUNDINGS MOSTLY SHOW TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING. THE NAM FORECAST SOUNDING FOR COLUMBUS DOES SHOW A BRIEF PERIOD OF PRECIP STARTING OUT AS SNOW MONDAY MORNING BUT FOR NOW APPEARS TO BE THE OUTLIER. PRECIP WILL LIKELY COME TO AN END AFTER THE FIRST ROUND MOVES EAST MONDAY MORNING ALONG WITH THE BETTER UPPER LEVEL LIFT AND WEAK FRONT. A SECONDARY AND STRONGER COLD FRONT WILL THEN PUSH THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON. WITH THIS SECONDARY STRONGER FRONT RAIN WILL START TO TRANSITION TO RAIN/SNOW. OUTLOOK...MVFR CEILINGS AND VISIBILITIES LIKELY WITH IFR VISIBILITIES POSSIBLE MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY. MVFR CEILINGS MAY CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
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&& .ILN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... OH...NONE. KY...NONE. IN...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JGL NEAR TERM...JGL SHORT TERM...JGL LONG TERM...SITES AVIATION...HAINES

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