Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Cleveland, OH
FXUS61 KCLE 192033
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
333 PM EST Sun Feb 19 2017
Temperatures will continue to run well above normal this
week. A cold front Tuesday will not even be able to break the
streak. A stronger system Friday will bring colder air back to
the region for the weekend.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
In general high pressure will be in control across the area
tonight. Skies will be clear through the evening and with light
winds...temperatures will fall quickly toward and after dark. The
remnants of a back door cold front will press across NY...and
this may bring cloud cover into northwest PA overnight. The bulk
of the cold air stays northeast of our area...but will likely
see temperatures dip below freezing for far eastern OH and nw
PA. Others will be in the 30s. A decent amount of drying has
taken place today and not expecting fog to be all that bad.
Confidence is low...but would be most likely across the
southern locations where dewpoints remain a bit higher.
.SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
The surface high will be shifting east of the area on Monday and
winds will come around from the east-northeast to the
southeast...and eventually south by Monday night. We will warm
nicely again tomorrow...with the exception of the immediate
lake shore where winds will remain northeast. Another spread of
upper 40s near the lake...upper 50s for most...and a few spots
hitting 60. Southerly flow Monday night will keep areas warmer
than the night before.
There is a cold front Tuesday. It has remained on target for the
daytime hours. Most of the guidance brings showers into Toledo
in the morning...midday Cleveland Mansfield and takes showers
across the eastern part of the area in the afternoon. Coverage
still does not warrant higher than 60 or maybe 70 percent. Bulk
of the upper support will be north of the area. Will still go
above guidance temperatures. There will be time for the
central/eastern areas to warm well. Guidance has been running
cool too...as would be expected in a unseasonably warm regime.
There is room though for those temperatures to not pan out...but
it will not be too far off.
Again no real cold air behind the front and with high pressure
returning to the Ohio Valley...a southwest flow will mean
another really warm day. Made no change to the mid/upper 60s we
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
Ridging is progged to continue across the area and our spring
pattern will continue into late week. One of the west coast storms
will dig across the southern Rockies mid week and lift out late in
In the meantime, the models are coming more into agreement of a weak
front, or at least frontogenesis, across the lower Great Lakes on
Thursday. Not sure how much rain might occur but will include at
least a chance or slight chance of showers in most areas. Warm
frontogenesis will occur Thursday night into Friday. The warm front
should move north of the area on Friday in the increasing south
flow. Again, not very confident on the amount of showers that will
occur. We will likely break into the warm sector for a while and I
suspect Friday will become very warm, perhaps nearing 70 again in
The models have been suggesting the passage of the strong cold front
will come between late Friday afternoon and about midnight or so
Friday night. Will have higher pops for the frontal passage and will
include thunder and wind.
Colder and blustery on Saturday. Temperatures will likely drop back
to near normal. It will be colder aloft and could see a few
snow/rain showers, especially downwind of Lake Erie in the wrap
around moisture with the trough aloft. High pressure should build in
.AVIATION /18Z Sunday THROUGH Friday/...
The weak cold front is hung up near the Lake Erie lake shore and
will flop across the forecast area later this afternoon and
early this evening aided by the lake breeze gradient. Little or
no clouds. West winds will veer northwest to northeast by early
Quite a bit of stratus developed to the south last night and
some sneaked into the southwestern counties of the forecast
area. There should be less threat of stratus tonight given the
light winds that will be veering north and then east. There is a
decent threat of fog though as dew points across the
southwestern counties will remain unseasonably high. The
forecast will have MVFR fog and local IFR fog during the early
morning hours on Monday at KTOL KFDY KMFD and KCAK.
Generally clear skies will continue on Monday once we evaporate
the fog with patchy mid and high clouds and a light east wind.
OUTLOOK...Non-VFR may develop Tuesday and continue into Tuesday
night. Non-VFR will develop again Thursday or Thursday night and
continue at times Friday.
Have had some brisk west winds over the central basin this afternoon
in the vicinity of a weak cold front dropping across the south shore
of Lake Erie. Those winds will diminish quickly and veer north and
then east tonight and Monday as high pressure slides east across the
The next cold front is due later Tuesday. South to southwest winds
will pick up nicely ahead of the front and become southwest to west
behind the front. Not expecting enough wind for a small craft
A light to moderate southwest flow will persist until the next front
drops across the lake on Thursday. Then winds will veer northwest
Thursday but come quickly around from the southeast on Friday as low
pressure tracks across the plains.
The low will be a significant storm system as it tracks across the
northern Great Lakes Friday into Friday night pushing a strong cold
front across Lake Erie Friday night.