Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KGRR 170450

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
1250 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018


Issued at 302 PM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

A large area of high pressure has settled over the Great Lakes and
is producing quite a bit of sunshine. A storm system in Kansas will
move eastward this weekend but precipitation associated with it
should remain south of the state. Sunny skies and warming
temperatures are expected this weekend.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 302 PM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

Forecast concerns are minimal in the short term.

High pressure over the western Great Lakes will settle over Michigan
during the next couple of days. The dry northeast feed of air will
keep precipitation from the Kansas low from moving north into the
cwa as the low moves east this weekend. The end result will be
plenty of sunshine, though high clouds will be present.

Clear skies and light winds will let temperatures fall into the
lower 20s tonight. Temperatures will rebound into the 40s Saturday
and lower 50s Sunday.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Friday)
Issued at 302 PM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

Medium range models have trended farther south with the low moving
out of the Plains early next week. As a result, we`ve pushed our
slight chance pops to the far southern cwa. Most likely, the cwa
will remain dry until next Friday afternoon. At that time, we may be
looking at some warm air advection type of light rain as another low
in the Dakotas slowly works its way east.

Highs through the period will range from the upper 30s to the mid


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 1250 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018

VFR conditions will continue through the next 24 hours with only
high cloudiness around. Winds will remain light from the NNE.


Issued at 302 PM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

The Portage River near Vicksburg will remain just above flood stage
through Tuesday and then remain near flood stage through the end of
next week. Otherwise, dry weather is expected through the weekend.




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