Scientific Forecaster Discussion
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac Michigan
337 am EST Monday Feb 8 2016
Nwp continue to struggle with energetic flow across noam at press
time. Very dynamic trough is closing off over the western Great
Lakes this morning. Its evolution has largely been guided by a very
high amplitude upstream ridge and a powerful low deepening off the
eastern Seaboard immediately downstream. Interaction with a 165kt
subtropical jet streaking across the Gulf Coast states will
additionally guide the deepening longwave through Tuesday.
The embedded wave over Saint Louis at 06z this morning was
universally undersimulated by prior model cycles and better sampling
has allowed guidance to converge toward a more impactful evolution
locally. Specifically, as this wave pivots from stl to Lake Erie,
weak surface cyclogenesis is anticipated in vicinity of the lake. Deep moist
cyclonic upper flow will provide a favorable background within which
deformation and strong surface convergence will become increasingly
organized over Lake Huron through this evening. Confidence then
decreases dramatically as nwp spread falls into at least 3 distinct
camps. The ec/arw/nmm represent the strongest clustering through the
initial cyclogenesis and this preferred cluster is most strongly
represented in the forecast. The GFS/hrrr remain the most
significant outliers and confidence in those solutions is further
diminished by unusually volatile run-to-run continuity by the
Through 06z tonight, confidence is reasonably high that the
organizing surface trough will begin to pivot onshore in The Thumb.
Having organized over the relatively Warm Lake waters in a modestly
unstable environment , there is potential for substantial moisture
pooling and the forecast will have to be monitored for a potential
overachieving scenario. The nmm/arw then allow the surface
circulation to latch on to Lake Erie. Additional deepening by a few
additional millibars over the Lake -A perfectly reasonable scenario-
the strengthening circulation and continued onshore movement of the
surface trough offer potential for several additional inches of snow
as well as more aggressive inland penetration. The more coarse ec
expectedly peels the low away faster, confining accums to a smaller
range and to a smaller portion of The Thumb. Consensus ec/arw/nmm
quantitative precipitation forecast yields 12-hour accumulations of 2-4" over the next 24 hours and
24-hour totals of 4-7" in eastern portions of The Thumb. There
remains considerable uncertainty in the evolution of critical
surface features, but potential for a wwa-worthy scenario is high
enough to warrant taking an initial Stab at a headline. Worth noting
that 06z NAM remains a bit of an outlier, but has shown a strong
adjustment toward aforementioned preferred consensus.
For today, expecting little more than occasional light showers
across the eastern County Warning Area as boundary layer temperatures likely remain
too warm to support snow until near or shortly after sunset.
A late week clipper will potentially bring light accumulations on
Friday in addition to marking the lead edge of a much colder
airmass. Highs will struggle to reach 20 degrees with Sat and/or
Sunday potentially struggling to reach 10 degrees. Consecutive
mornings of sub-zero lows will also be possible and wind chill
readings may approach advisory criteria at times.
A broad area of low pressure will settle over Lake Huron and lower
Michigan today. This will lead to light and variable wind over
marine area today through tonight but with an increasingly active
snow shower pattern. The system will drift toward Lake Ontario
during Tuesday and leave northerly wind increasing to moderate
strength by Tuesday night. While wind headlines are not
anticipated...marine conditions will worsen as colder air moves in
and combines with the moderate wind field for building waves and
stronger snow squalls. This will last into Thursday and then wind
will diminish through Friday while Arctic air remains in place into
Aviation...issued 1155 PM EST sun Feb 7 2016
Area of stratus around 3500 feet will work through terminals early
in the forecast...especially mbs/fnt. South-southwest flow will veer to SW on
Monday as shortwave a disturbance pivots into the area...bringing
additional stratus...lower VFR/MVFR. Colder air will then gradually
funnel into area midday Monday into Monday evening on west/west-northwest flow
with an increasing chance of -shrasns and then just -shsns. This
activity will be rather light and should not impact terminals too
At dtw...generally expect ceilings above 5kft overnight as current area
of stratus in the 3500-5000 foot range lifts north of terminals.
Additional MVFR stratus will be possible Monday morning with at
least broken ceilings hovering in the 3000-5000 foot range persisting through
the day as shortwave digs into the central Great Lakes.
//Dtw threshold probabilities...
* low for ceilings at or below 5kft overnight...medium on Monday.
Michigan...Winter Weather Advisory from 9 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Tuesday
Lake St Clair...none.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...none.
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