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National Weather Service Gaylord Michigan
1054 am EDT Monday Mar 30 2015

issued at 1049 am EDT Monday Mar 30 2015

The short wave bringing snow showers to northern sections of the
region this morning will push off to the south ending
precipitation around noon. Skies will then begin to clear out.
Temperatures will remain on the cool side for late March. Only a
few minor adjustments to the forecast.


Near term...(today through tonight)
issued at 341 am EDT Monday Mar 30 2015

High impact weather potential: possibility for a narrow band of
accumulating snow for southern/southwest parts of the area tonight.
Exact placement of this feature remains a challenge.

Today features another quick shot of cold air aloft /h8 temperatures -
9c/...on the backside of longwave trough to our east. Hi-res short
term guidance shows one last slug of moisture rotating southward
on tail end of upper trough this morning...combining with
marginal Overlake keep a few snow
showers/flurries going in arts of the area. This will especially
be the case across the higher terrain...with some upslope
northwest flow helping to enhance any lingering activity.
Precipitation will end by midday with some partial clearing as
flow becomes more anticyclonic and moisture wanes. Northwest winds
remain gusty through the first half of today with dissipating
gusts this afternoon as gradient relaxes.

Very challenging forecast tonight - with confidence lacking in a
myriad of model solutions. Energetic shortwave moves quickly toward
the Great Lakes tonight...with a narrow band of precipitation
possible across southern parts of the area. Models continue to
struggle with this feature and particularly the placement of best
f-general and resultant precipitation. Impressive middle level f-general
response as this feature dives quickly southeast across the
southwest/southern parts of our area. Plenty of moisture /nice to
see more robust moisture systems again/ with shortwave tapping
into precipitable waters nearing 0.50 inches. We may even see a convective
element to this system with middle level lapse rates on the order of
7-8 degc/km...with a rumble of thunder not out of the question. This
will be an all or nothing type of precipitation event across our
area with intense precipitation possible within the f-general
band...while areas just north of the band sit in the downward
branch of the f-general circulation and see nothing. Given the all or
nothing nature of this event...any variations in the location of
the middle level forcing will have a large impact on the forecast
/there is a large bust potential with a system like this/. We may
also have some p-type issues across southwest areas where h10-800 mb
thickness support a rain/snow mix. Best assessment right now
places heaviest precipitation along and south of the M-55
corridor. Definitely an interesting system and one that will have
to be watched closely given the potential impacts of several
inches of wet snow in some areas.


Short term...(tuesday through Wednesday night)
issued at 341 am EDT Monday Mar 30 2015

High impact weather potential: not a whole lot. Perhaps some
lingering snow over parts of northern lower (mainly south of M-32)
Tuesday morning. Confidence remains rather low.

It's no joke - the first day of April doesn't look all that
bad...with even hints of some decent "warmth" (in a relative sense
for this time of year) as northern Michigan starts to find itself in
a developing warm sector. More on that in just a bit...but first the
big question remains the evolution of any snowfall Tuesday morning.
00z guidance suite continues to hone in on an acceptable solution of
a rather tight axis of middle level instability/fgen arcing across
areas generally south of M-32. That feature...working in tandem with
an axis of 0.50" precipitable water values should deliver a round of precipitation
for those areas...likely ending during Tuesday morning as forcing
wanes and low level ridging/drier air over James Bay works south
into northern Michigan. Can't completely rule out some precipitation trying
its best to hang tight into part of Tuesday afternoon as we maintain
at least some semblance of middle level fgen...but honestly confidence
is just not terribly high. The same can be said for precipitation type with
a myriad of thermal profiles presented. European model (ecmwf) has by far been the
most consistent on a cooler thermal regime (and more southerly
track)...but wouldn't rule out some rain mixing with any snow. Don't
think the Tuesday component to this even will be any big deal but
will of course continue to monitor.

Looking quiet Tuesday night into much of Wednesday as high pressure
works overhead. Temperatures a little tricky for Wednesday and will depend
on the amount of cloud cover around. Not really sold just yet on GFS
depiction of showers developing over much of area during the day as
our moisture source region looks awfully dry to begin with. Perhaps
we can muster some precipitation development tip of the mitt and eastern
upper late in the day and into Wednesday night within an area of
better moisture advection and along a warm front lifting north with
time. Honestly wouldn't even rule out a rumble of thunder with
steeper lapse rates advecting northward...but confidence obviously
still a little low at this point. Definitely much more mild as we
sit in the warm sector for much of the night with breezy to windy
conditions and temperatures stuck in the 40s to perhaps lower 50s in spots.


Long term...(thursday through sunday)
issued at 341 am EDT Monday Mar 30 2015

Guidance trends the past 24 hours suggest a slightly slower cold
front passage on theory allowing at least parts of the
area to get rather warm. Should see many spots (given the warm
start) jump through the 50s...with some 60s not out of the question
eastern areas pending cloud and precipitation trends. Decent agreement for
a band of rain as the front arrives with precipitable water values shooting up
toward an inch and modest upper support. Thunder chance also not
zero but again lower confidence as is typical this time of year. May
have to deal with the potential for upstream convection to disrupt
better moisture advection this far north...but that remains to be
seen. Thereafter...looking like a return to much cooler conditions
Friday and into the Easter Holiday weekend as additional upper
troughing makes another unwelcome appearance. Depth of that feature
remains to be seen but recent trends are not overly encouraging.
Suffice it to say...enjoy any warmth you get for midweek!


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Tuesday morning)
issued at 619 am EDT Monday Mar 30 2015

Areas of MVFR ceilings this morning with a few snow showers...conditions
becoming VFR this afternoon. Northwest winds g20kts...subsiding
later this afternoon. Quick moving storm system will bring a
mixture of rain/snow into tvc/mbl after 03z. Ceilings/visibilities will lower
to MVFR. VFR conditions at pln/apn with just middle and high clouds.


issued at 1049 am EDT Monday Mar 30 2015

Gusty northwest winds today with small craft advisories across
some of the area. Winds will slacken off this evening with fairly
light winds through the remainder of the forecast. No weather
concerns through the forecast except for a chance for rain or snow
later tonight into Tuesday morning Grand Traverse Bay on south.


Apx watches/warnings/advisories...
LH...Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EDT this evening for lhz347>349.

Ls...Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EDT this evening for lsz321-322.



near term...keysor
short term...Lawrence
long term...Lawrence

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