Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KBUF 161803

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
203 PM EDT Mon Jul 16 2018

A cold front will advance across the area overnight tonight with
showers and thunderstorms ahead of it. Drier air and more
seasonable temperatures will follow this cold front for the
remainder of the week.


Heat Advisories remain in effect generally along the NYS Thruway
across western New York for heat index values in excess of 95F
this afternoon and evening. Accompanying this heat/humidity,
afternoon instability has allowed for efficient build ups of
cumulus. Showers and storms are developing on the lake breeze
boundaries and over the terrain of the Southern Tier. Weak shear
and modest CAPE values should keep the severe threat largely in
check except for an isolated collapsing core. However, PWAT
values in excess of 1.75 inches may yield a heavy rain producer
or two.

Going into the evening, a cold front starts to slide from its
current position over central Michigan toward western Lake
Ontario. Further moisture pooling and differential PVA should
facilitate overcoming the lake induced stabilization enough to
yield showers and thunderstorms ahead of the front as it moves
across the area tonight into early Tuesday. PWAT values further
increase ahead of it to just shy of 2 inches, so the heavy rain
threat remains, though it should too be fairly isolated.

The front lags in passing the eastern fringe of the area Tuesday
morning, so showers and low end chances of thunder remain there
after sun up. Otherwise, rapidly drying conditions throughout
the column will yield a drastic improvement in conditions
through the day from west to east. Likewise, cold advection will
knock temperatures back several degrees. This will make heat
index values drop quite a bit more than temperatures, resulting
in fairly comfortable July conditions.


Tuesday night the mid level trough axis will cross Quebec and
eastern NY, reaching western New England by Wednesday morning. Deep
moisture will have been stripped away by the cold frontal passage,
so the mid level trough axis will cross the area dry. Northerly
upslope flow will bring a modest increase in cloud cover overnight,
mainly across the higher terrain south of the Thruway and east of
Lake Ontario. An incoming cooler and drier airmass will allow lows
to drop back into the mid to upper 50s on the lake plains of Western
NY, and lower 50s for the cooler Southern Tier valleys and east of
Lake Ontario.

High pressure will then build from the central Great Lakes Wednesday
to the eastern Great Lakes Thursday. This will bring another stretch
of dry weather and sunshine both days. Cooler 850mb temps around +9C
on Wednesday will support highs in the mid 70s in most locations,
and around 70 on the hills. Wednesday night will be quite cool with
lows in the mid 50s on the lake plains, and mid to upper 40s in the
cooler Southern Tier valleys and Lewis County. The airmass will
begin to modify on Thursday, with highs back into the lower 80s at
lower elevations and upper 70s for higher terrain.

Thursday night and Friday surface high pressure will drift off the
New England coast, with a mid level cutoff low and associated
surface low moving into the western Great Lakes. Clouds will slowly
increase from west to east later Thursday night and Friday as return
flow begins to advect moisture into the region. The GFS is on the
fast side of the guidance envelope in bringing rain chances into
Western NY by late afternoon. Continued to favor the slower
ECMWF/GEM guidance and kept a dry forecast through Friday evening. A
push of stronger warm advection ahead of the system will bring highs
back into the mid to upper 80s on Friday, with the warmest
temperatures on the lake plains of Western NY with an added boost
from southerly downslope flow.


Friday night and Saturday a mid level cutoff low and associated
surface low over the western Great Lakes will make only very slow
progress to the east across Michigan. A few widely scattered showers
or thunderstorms may reach Western NY later Friday night and
Saturday, with dry conditions prevailing east of Lake Ontario. A
better chance of rain will arrive Saturday night and Sunday as the
system advances east across Ohio and Lake Erie, with more favorable
forcing and moisture arriving. Model guidance also hints at some
moisture from a sub-tropical system advecting northward along the
eastern seaboard Sunday. Some of this moisture may get pulled back
into the system approaching from the west, although the model
consensus keeps the bulk of this along the east coast. The trough is
forecast to weaken in place by Monday, with a chance of a few more
showers or isolated thunderstorms. Given the convective nature of
all the rain chances this weekend, expect coverage of soaking rain
to be spotty, with only limited improvement of dry soil conditions.

Highs on Saturday will reach the mid 80s at lower elevations, with
upper 70s to lower 80s by Sunday with more cloud cover and shower
coverage. Lows will generally run in the mid to upper 60s on the
lake plains, and lower 60s across the interior along with moderate
humidity. Expect similar near average temperatures to persist
through early next week.


Showers and thunderstorms are developing on the lake breeze
boundaries and over the Southern Tier this afternoon. These are
already in the vicinity of KJHW, but they are likely to spread
toward KROC in the upcoming hours. Otherwise, most places will
be waiting for the overnight arrival of a cold front for more
organized showers/storms. Visibility restrictions will be more
likely with frontal activity that musters more intensity. With
the frontal passage, winds will rapid switch from SW to NW on
Tuesday, ushering in clear skies as drier air arrives in the


Tuesday...VFR, except MVFR in showers and thunderstorms.
Wednesday through Friday...VFR.
Saturday...VFR, except MVFR in showers and thunderstorms.


Showers and thunderstorms will move from west to east across the
lakes overnight as a cold front approaches.

A cold front will pass across the Eastern Great Lakes region late
tonight and early Tuesday, with west to northwest winds freshening
Tuesday and Tuesday night. This may bring wave heights and wind
speeds to advisory levels, especially on Lake Ontario on Tuesday.


NY...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for NYZ001>006-010-



SHORT TERM...Hitchcock
LONG TERM...Hitchcock
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