Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KILN 242056
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
356 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017
A low pressure system will track into the Great Lakes tonight
while its associated cold front sweeps east across the Ohio
Valley. Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected
as the cold front moves through. High pressure will gradually
build back into the region late Saturday night into Sunday. More
seasonable temperatures will spread into the area for the
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
It has been a record breaking day in terms of high temperatures
across the region. All three major climate stations (KDAY, KCVG,
and KCMH) have broken their all time February highs. In
addition, KCMH has broke their all time meteorological winter
high (December, January, and February), while KCVG has tied
their all time meteorological winter high. Please refer to RER
report products for more information and for the final high
For tonight, focus remains on the potential for severe weather
across the region as low pressure tracks toward Lake Huron
while its attendant cold front sweeps east across the region.
Convection to our west over Indiana still remains somewhat
elevated. In addition, the airmass over our area is still
slightly capped and somewhat mixed out in the low levels, which
has lowered boundary layer moisture some from projected
forecasts. With dynamic energy rounding the base of a large
scale trough, and with large scale ascent taking place this
evening, cap should erode, allowing thunderstorms to develop and
move into our western zones. High resolution models continue to
indicate that these storms may eventually merge amongst
themselves while the cold front and any convection along its
boundary catches up. Potential still exists for some rotating
storms which will pose large hail and damaging winds. Tornado
threat is still there but will depend largely how much the
boundary layer remains linked to the atmosphere above into the
evening hours. Severe threat will then tend toward more of a
damaging wind threat as the convection tries to form a qlcs
structure across our eastern zones. In any case, thunderstorms
are expected to exit our far east between 1 am EST and 4 am EST.
A dry slot (i.e. sinking air and lack of deep moisture) is
still expected late tonight in the wake of frontal passage. Lows
will be set by morning as CAA takes place and continues into
Saturday. They should range from the mid 30s west to the upper
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM SATURDAY/...
Parent large scale mid level trough is expected to pass across
the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Saturday. CAA will result in
slowly falling temperatures through the day. A few instability
rain/and or snow showers may occur, but should end by Saturday
evening. It will be brisk, but winds do not look as gusty as
previously forecast. Gusts should be more in the 30 to 35 mph
For Saturday night, mid level trough will exit to the east.
Surface high pressure will gradually build into the Ohio Valley
late. CAA stratocumulus will linger through at least early
morning, with clearing expected from southwest to northwest
late. Lows will fall into the lower to mid 20s.
.LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/...
Period will begin with high pressure centered just to the south of
the fa in se KY. Skies will be mostly sunny, but temperatures will
be seasonal with highs in the lower to mid 40s.
Model continue with their differences for Sunday night into Monday
with how quickly pcpn returns on the backside of the high. The
GFS is slowed down it`s pcpn from yesterday and is concentrating
across southern sections. The CMC hemispheric and NAM are showing
similar solutions, while the ECMWF remains dry. Trended the forecast
towards the consensus solution. Temps and thicknesses are low enuf
that the pcpn should fall as a rain snow mix.
This first shot of pcpn slips e on Monday, before a more substantial
area of pcpn lifts up into the region during the later half of
Monday night. A warm front lifting through the region will keep
temperatures warm enough for all rain. The best rain chances on
Tuesday will be in the morning. Well above normal temperatures will
return as highs will range from the upper 50s to lower 60s.
Pcpn chance taper down during Tuesday aftn, then a cold front will
swing through the region on Wednesday. Showers and possibly a
thunderstorms (around the Ohio River) will develop Tuesday night and
will last into Wednesday until fropa. Highs on Wednesday will
probably be early with falling temperatures in the afternoon.
Northwest flow develops for the end of the week, which should bring
back more seasonable temperatures. In the fast flow, the models are
having timing difference with embedded vort maxs. Ran a blend of the
solutions to have chance PoPs during the time frame.
.AVIATION /21Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
The forecast area will be firmly in the warm sector ahead of
deepening low pressure and a cold front to our west this
afternoon. Scattered cumulus with increasing mid/high clouds can
be expected. Winds will be gusty from the south in the upper 20s
to lower 30s knots.
For tonight, focus turns to the low pressure system and an
attendant cold front that is expected to sweep east across the
terminals. Widespread showers and the likelihood of
thunderstorms remains decent. Have included an MVFR conditional
TEMPO group for the best time frame to expect convection. As is
typical with thunderstorms, local IFR visibilities may occur
within the strongest thunderstorm cores. Region will eventually
become "dry slotted" late tonight behind frontal passage.
Ceilings should remain in the VFR range in the dry slot until
On Saturday, parent upper level trough will move east across the
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. MVFR post frontal stratocumulus can
be expected. Ceilings will lower to MVFR at first before rising
back above VFR late in the day. A few rain and/or snow showers
will be possible, mainly near the northern terminals as some
post frontal instability will be in place.
OUTLOOK...MVFR ceilings and visibilities possible Monday,
Tuesday night, and Wednesday.