Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Gaylord, MI

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FXUS63 KAPX 151048

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Gaylord MI
648 AM EDT Mon Apr 15 2024


- Mild temperatures early this week.

- Showers/possible thunderstorms along with gusty winds are
  expected Tuesday night through early Thursday.


...Mainly clear and quiet thru tonight...

High Impact Weather Potential...None.
Low level ridging continues to build into the Northern and Western
Great Lakes...with the main area of high pressure still well to our
north and west extending from Central Canada into the Northern
Plains. Skies are mainly clear across our entire CWA attm...with
temps cooling into the 30s thanks to clear skies and light winds.

One patch of mid clouds is dropping SE out of Lake Superior and
Western Upper Michigan toward our northern CWA...and will drift thru
this area during the morning. Ridge axis will continue to build into
Michigan today and tonight... pushing east of our state on Tuesday.
Dry wx will persist for the next 24 hours at least...with overall
mainly clear skies expected. High temps this afternoon will range
from the low to mid 50s across Eastern Upper and far Northern Lower
Michigan to the mid 60s near Saginaw Bay. Low temps tonight will
cool into the low to mid 30s thanks to clear skies and light winds.


Increasing clouds/winds through the day Tuesday. This is in advance
of the well advertised Pacific trough which will methodically move
across the region Tuesday night through early Thursday. Showers and
perhaps a few thunderstorms can be expected during this time along
with gusty winds. Guidance has backed off on how warm it will get
during the day with temperatures generally near seasonable levels
(mainly 50s).

Looking farther ahead, extended guidance has also backed off on the
magnitude of the cold air due in for late week. This is because the
Pacific trough (see above) remains mainly separate from an incoming
northern stream trough. This trough is now shown to largely pass by
to our north (across southern Canada). This is good news for spring
lovers with only a couple of days of cooler temperatures (mainly in
the 40s to low 50s) now on the docket. Although much if not all of
this time will likely be precipitation free, there will be small
chances for a few rain or perhaps even snow showers.


Upstream ridge axis will continue to slowly build into Michigan
today and tonight...resulting in solid VFR conditions for the
next 24 hours. NW surface winds will strengthen to 10 to 20 kts
today...and then diminish to under 10 kts tonight.





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