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FXUS63 KGRB 240950

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Green Bay WI
350 AM CST Sat Feb 24 2018

Forecast discussion for routine morning forecast issuance

.SHORT TERM...Today...Tonight...and Sunday
Issued at 350 AM CST Sat Feb 24 2018

A vigorous upper system will produce some wide swings
of weather tonight and Sunday as it moves quickly from the northern
Plains into the Great Lakes. 

The negatively tilted upper trough induces rapid cyclogenesis as 
a surface low is forecast to deepen more than 12 mb between 00z 
and 12z Sunday as it moves from Missouri to Upper Michigan. If 
this were the east coast, it would be called a bomb. We don't have
the warm Gulf Stream nearby to produce a huge snowstorm, but there
is enough moisture for six inches of snow across far northcentral
Wisconsin and lesser amounts of snow mixed with sleet, freezing 
rain or rain elsewhere. The precipitation will end quickly Sunday
morning, followed by strong west winds creating gales on Lake Michigan
and some blowing and drifting snow across the north.

Dense fog across parts of central and northcentral Wisconsin 
should dissipate by 15z today. Otherwise we will have increasing 
middle and high clouds with temperatures several degrees above 
normal. Lows tonight will be just 3 to 5 degrees below todays 
highs due to cloud cover, wind and precipitation. Skies should 
clear Sunday with gusty winds and near normal temperatures.

.LONG TERM...Sunday Night Through Friday
Issued at 350 AM CST Sat Feb 24 2018

Flow aloft is expected to be zonal or southwest for most of this 
part of the forecast and temperatures should be above normal
through the end of the work week.

There is little chance for any precipitation through at least
Tuesday as a surface high passes south of Wisconsin. Light snow 
is possible in central and eastern Wisconsin Tuesday night north 
of a stationary front that is forecast to be southeast of the area.

The next chance for significant precipitation is Wednesday night 
ahead of the next short wave and surface low that will approach 
the region from the Plains. Snow chances are expected to spread
across the remainder of the area early Thursday morning before
warmer air changes snow to rain across most of the area during the
day. A change back to all snow should occur Thursday evening as
the back edge of the precipitation approaches. There is still a
chance for snow in northern and eastern Wisconsin later Thursday
night and Friday in cyclonic flow behind the departing system. The
00Z GFS/ECMWF/Canadian all showed significant differences in their
handling of this system. Hopefully the models begin to converge 
on a solution fairly soon.

.AVIATION...for 06Z TAF Issuance
Issued at 1035 PM CST Fri Feb 23 2018

Drier air on west winds were gradually eroding MVFR clouds over
central Wisconsin. However patchy IFR vsbys and cigs were
developing were clearing is occurring. The rest of the area
continues to be under MVFR clouds. Clearing trend will continue to
work over the area overnight, but will lead to IFR clouds and fog. 
Anticipate some decrease in clouds overnight into Saturday 
morning as a surface high pressure system quickly drifts over the 
area. Mid to high level clouds with the next weather system will 
be on the increase later Saturday and then conditions will 
deteriorate Saturday night as precipitation spreads back over the 

Winter Weather Advisory from 9 PM this evening to 6 AM CST 
Sunday for WIZ011>013-018>021-030-031-035>037.

Winter Storm Warning from 9 PM this evening to 6 AM CST Sunday 
for WIZ005-010.

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