Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KGRR 160714

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
314 AM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

Synopsis/Short Term/Long Term

Issued at 300 AM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

An area of high pressure will build in from the northeast today.
This fair weather system will act to keep the weather dry and
unseasonably cool. Low pressure will track up the Ohio Valley late
tonight into Saturday. The bulk of the precipitation with this
system is forecasted to stay south of the Michigan Indiana border.
Thus the dry weather pattern is expected to continue.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday)
Issued at 300 AM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

Clouds were drifting down from the north early this morning. High
Res models show that they will break up as they move into the
Grand Rapids to Lansing area. Radar does show a few returns in
these some flurries could be falling out of them at
this time. Based on the extent of these clouds...and no trend in
them breaking up...I will start the day off with clouds for much
of the region...diminishing through the morning.

Tonight the low pressure system off to the west will be headed
east...moving up the Ohio Valley on Saturday. Overviews on Bufkit
show the atmosphere here in MI will be very dry. Guidance suggest
this low will be weakening with time. Based on this...will
maintain the mainly dry forecast for the region. The Kalamazoo
area could see some light snow out of this late tonight...but that
potential has been decreasing with each model run.

Easterly winds here in MI on Saturday...typically supports the
highest temperatures for the western part of the CWA. Will feature
the relatively warmest values along and west of a Grand Rapids to
Big Rapids line. With a very dry airmass in place...another cold
night looks likely for Saturday night. The drying continues into
Sunday as easterly flow out of Ontario continues.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday)
Issued at 300 AM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

No real warmth is in site through Thursday, however the period will
largely be dry.  The only weather maker appears to move in for
Tuesday night and exits by Wednesday evening.

NW flow will continue to dominate the region into early next week as
an upper low moves across the Southern Plains.  The upper low
becomes more baggy as it weakens when it moves toward the Ohio
Valley. The system should be battling a dry NE flow over the region,
so pcpn chances will possibly move into the area by Tuesday night in
the form of snow.  A second upper trough appears to move in by
Wednesday night.  This should prolong the chance of snow until the
trough is through.

It will stay cool through the period, with only a slight warm up on
Tuesday as the first system approaches.  Colder air is then
reinforced by the second upper trough for Wednesday and Thursday.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1236 AM EDT Fri Mar 16 2018

VFR conditions will continue over the next 24 hours. The only
aviation concern is the brisk winds. The north winds were in the
process of diminishing and speeds less than 10 knots should be
realized by 08Z. The winds for the remainder of the day and into
this evening will continue to be light.


Issued at 1032 AM EDT Thu Mar 15 2018

River levels will continue to fall into next week. The Portage River
near Vicksburg is the only site remaining above flood stage and has
a history of falling very slowly. A dry weather pattern is expected
to continue into next week.




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