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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac Michigan
454 am EST Sat Feb 6 2016


VFR through the period as west winds back to SW in advance of
approaching low pressure. Diurnal mixing will bring wind gust
potential to all locations with highest confidence across the north
at kmbs/fnt where gusts have been added to the forecast. These spots
will also be the potential exception to all-VFR forecast as MVFR
over Iowa/WI/IL at press time lifts northeastward potentially grazing
the area late this afternoon or evening.

//Dtw threshold probabilities...

* low for ceiling at or below 5kft 22-02z.


Previous discussion...issued 343 am EST Sat Feb 6 2016


Temperatures will be a few degrees above normal during an otherwise
typical early February day around Southeast Michigan. The large scale
weather pattern will be governed by the northern stream of split
flow aloft over the Great Lakes with the trough axis drifting to our
east. Subsidence on the upstream side of the trough will be
augmented by right front exit region forcing over lower Michigan
today into tonight. This will occur over the top of a broad
southwest flow in the low to middle levels between high pressure over
the Ohio Valley and the polar front settling into Lake Superior. The
setup will maintain dry conditions over Southeast Michigan other than some
virga on radar and leaves cloud and temperature trends as the main

Early morning satellite imagery shows a broad area of multilevel
clouds over the upper Midwest extending into lower Michigan. Model
analysis fields indicate the clouds are the result of weak
isentropic ascent embedded in the broad southwest flow which is
expected to continue through the day. The weak warm advection is
reflected in slight 1000-850 mb thickness warming that will help
temperatures return at least to levels reached yesterday for highs
in the middle 30s to around 40. A few of the typically warmer locations
could reach lower 40s...especially in the Detroit area to Ohio
border where some breaks in the clouds will allow extra surface
heating before readings drop back into the middle to upper 20s all
areas tonight.

The tranquil first half of the weekend will end up on a more active
note starting Sunday. The strong low pressure system moving inland
over the Pacific northwest today will reach the upper Midwest by Sunday
morning and begin to affect our area by afternoon. Developments in
model solutions indicate a faster onset of precipitation on the
front flank warm advection portion of the system. The good news here
is that temperatures will be pushing highs in the lower to middle 40s
over the entire area ensuring all rain to begin the event. GFS model
soundings indicate a colder profile due to evaporative cooling in
higher precipitation rates compared to the other models. That could
end up being a factor contributing to a faster change over to snow
Sunday evening but strong south wind during the day favors the
warmer profiles during the afternoon. The cold frontal passage
Sunday evening will push the change over to snow but will also be
followed by the middle level dry slot. The timing/position of the dry
slot is a low predictability aspect of the system given the
adjustments in model solutions thus far and with more anticipated
over the next couple of runs. The best estimate with the current
data supports any disruption to the dgz holding off until after
midnight which still only allows for snow accumulation under 1 inch
most areas Sunday night.

The low pressure system will continue to dig in and close off
overhead during Monday. Additional snowfall potential will be
strongly dependent on the finer details of this process including
the position and evolution of the dry slot and surface low/trough
all of which are shown with considerable variation through the
models. The variation is typical for this type of closed system in
which chance probability of precipitation fit the forecast best until more reliable
placement of focusing mechanisms can be resolved for Monday into
Tuesday. The large scale evolution of the system is shown to be more
progressive by Wednesday. Should this hold...then the low would be
to our east by Wednesday night and leave northwest flow of Arctic
air over the region for the rest of the week only to be reinforced
by another Arctic front by next weekend.


SW winds will increase during the day in advance of the next low
pressure. Wind gusts will approach 30 knots at times over Central
Lake Huron. Expansive low pressure will then settle over the Great
Lakes for the following several days. Moderate winds will
gradually back from southeasterly early Sunday to northwesterly by


DTX watches/warnings/advisories...
Lake Huron...none.
Lake St Clair...none.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...none.



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