Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KMKX 202338

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
638 PM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

.UPDATE...No changes at this time to ongoing forecast.


.AVIATION(00Z TAFS)...VFR conditions expected for this forecast
period. Southern Wisconsin will experience a thickening cloud
cover during the night due to upstream mid-level moisture
spreading eastward into the region. This increase in moisture will
be associated with organizing Plains low pressure. Moisture
increases to above 5k feet as condensation pressure deficits on
295 theta surface decrease to less than 10mb over southern WI by
15Z Saturday. Although isentropic omega remains weak, however
passing right entrance region of upper jet may add some synoptic
scale lift. May need to add some sprinkles or schc for
-shra as some mesoscale models showing light returns from
mid-level clouds falling over western CWA late tonight into the
morning, but wl hold off for now.


.PREV DISCUSSION... (Issued 210 PM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018)


Tonight through Monday...Forecast confidence is High:

High pressure centered over the western Great lakes Friday night will
move slowly eastward over the weekend and into Monday, with the
west end of the ridge remaining across southern Wisconsin.

This high will bring dry weather to the forecast area through
this period. Temperatures will finally warm back to around normal.
However east winds off Lake Michigan will bring cooling to east

We may see a band of altocumulus across mainly southwest areas
late tonight and saturday morning. Most of the area will likely
see some cirrus tonight due to and exiting upper jet over the
great lakes tonight, and an upper low moving across Kansas and
Oklahoma before reaching the southeast U.S.


Tuesday through Friday...Forecast confidence is Medium:

The GFS shows a strong upper trough moving across Wisconsin
Tuesday Night and cutting off over Illinois Wednesday. The ECMWF
is faster, weaker, and farther north.

A surface trough and an associated cold front will move through
later Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. This may bring some
showers to southern Wisconsin. However the ECMWF is much drier.

Should see the milder temperatures continue Tuesday ahead of the
cold front, with temperatures falling back to around or a little
below normal Wednesday behind the departing low/front.

A moderating trend in temperatures is expected Thursday, along
with a chance of showers.  Colder air is expected Friday.


VFR conditions. For most of the area, winds will be somewhat
variable, should mainly be easterly near Lake Michigan (including
KMKE and KENW), where a very weak lake breeze will occurring into
the early evening.


High pressure centered near Lake Michigan. Light winds and
minimal wave action is expected across the nearshore waters into
at least the first half of next week.




Tonight/Saturday and Aviation/Marine...MBK
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