Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KGRR 250357

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
1157 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018


Issued at 321 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018

High temperatures from the 50s to near 60 are expected the rest of the
week compared to normal highs of lower 60s for this time of year. Scattered
rain showers this afternoon and evening will exit the area Wednesday

Another chance of rain showers arrives late Thursday night and Friday
with a cold front which ushers in a cool air mass for the weekend,
again keeping highs in the 50s. Above normal temperatures into
the 70s are then expected early next week.


Issued at 1036 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018

A cold front is moving into the northwest portion of the forecast
area at 10pm up near Ludington and Baldwin. The front is expected
to progress rapidly to the south overnight. By 800am, the front
should be exiting the southern portion of the forecast area along

Bands of rain developed earlier this evening, and are in the
process of losing some areal extent as of 1030pm. Expect the up
and down trend of the precipitation to continue tonight with an
overall north to south push. By 800am the rain should be exiting
the far south and southeast portion of the forecast area.

Temperatures will steadily fall tonight on increasing north winds.
Lows will range from 35-40 across Central Lower Michigan to the
lower to middle 40s across Southern Lower Michigan.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 321 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018

No impact weather is expected and no changes from the previous forecast.
Main concern in this time period is precipitation trends today and

Agree with previous forecaster that activity should increase this
afternoon and evening. At 2 PM EDT a cold front extended roughly along
a Duluth, Minnesota to Omaha, Nebraska line. A strong attendant upper
PV anomaly seen on water vapor imagery. This feature will intensify
as it cross Lower MI overnight. Precipitation over Central Lower MI
appears to be associated with mid-level fgen and should become heavier
as fgen increases ahead of the PV max. This feature will be displaced
eastward by the PV maximum and that should be an end to the rain. However,
some of the convection allowing models suggest that sprinkles will
be possible up around US-10 later in the morning behind the cold

As noted previously afternoon cloud development could be substantial.
As winds shift to a northwest direction in the afternoon, temperatures
will stay chilly by the lakeshore from Grand Haven southward (that
is, where the lakeshore is more northwest-facing).

Thursday looks quieter with less wind and clouds.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 321 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018

A mid level trough will be dropping down from the northwest to start
the period. One shortwave associated with this feature arrives in the
Great Lakes region Thursday night into Friday morning. Overall this
feature is shown to be weakening with time. Enough moisture and
lift are forecasted to support some shower activity which I will
keep in the forecast.

The next mid level vort max arrives Friday night. There are some differences
with the models. The High Res Euro is further south...tracking the system
close enough to the area to support some precipitation. The GFS is north
and would keep it dry. Will feature only low POPs for this potential
system for parts of the region. Temperatures at 925 mb from the High
Res Euro are positive through most of the night. That would limit the
risk for snow if this more southern track verifies. A cooler than normal
pattern sets up for the weekend behind this system.

Big warmup early next week. Deep warm air advection and the arrival
of a thermal ridge supports well above normal temperatures. I did nudge
temperatures up somewhat over the forecasted guidance.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night)
Issued at 1145 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018

A mix of MVFR/IFR conditions will gradually improve to VFR
overnight through mid morning and low clouds gradually dissipate
and exit. VFR conditions will then continue through the day
Wednesday and Wednesday evening. Northwest winds will ramp up to
around 10-20 kts late Wednesday morning through the afternoon with
highest gusts at KMKG.


Issued at 321 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018

Timing of current small craft advisories look on track and no changes
are planned.


Issued at 321 PM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018

With no significant precipitation expected, river stages will
continue to fall and the 5 current advisories should be able to be
dropped relatively soon.


LM...Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT Wednesday for LMZ848-849.

     Small Craft Advisory until 2 AM EDT Thursday for LMZ844>847.



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