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|Sunrise 7:35AM||Sunset 4:22PM||Thursday December 5, 2019 10:48 AM CST (16:48 UTC)||Moonrise 1:32PM||Moonset 12:16AM||Illumination 63%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Marquette MI 641 AM EST Thu Dec 5 2019
SHORT TERM. (Today and tonight) Issued at 322 AM EST THU DEC 5 2019
Radar this morning shows the dying remains of lake-effect snow showers in parts of Alger and northern Luce counties. Based on webcams in Munising, Wetmore, and Grand Marais showing little to nothing falling, cleared out precip POPs and instead went with flurries likely in the wx grids through 11z. Otherwise, the story today will be another round of light snow area-wide with a weak Clipper system racing across the Upper Midwest this afternoon and evening. MSAS analysis shows a 1005 mb surface reflection to this wave in northwestern North Dakota, which is about 2-3 mb deeper than all of the guidance. It remains to be seen if that's actually a noteworthy model error. CAMs simulated reflectivity matches up fine with radar returns over southern Manitoba early this morning so expect that this is not really going to be an issue.
With the 850 mb low progged to track from about DLH to near IMT, and the best 925-700 mb theta-e advection therefore along and north of that track, there should be enough forcing for a broad area of light snow to overspread the U.P. from west to east, from about 17z at IWD lingering until about 03z over the eastern U.P. Took QPF down a few hundredths of an inch over the previous forecast to fall right in line with the median of all guidance and CONSAll, given that Clippers are usually moisture-starved and this one doesn't look like ti will feature any impressive dynamics to wring out unexpected amounts of precip. Also went a little lower with SLRs given the DGZ is up at about 650 mb and only occasionally overlaps with regions of saturated omega in NAM and GFS soundings. However there will be very little wind, and no riming, so the any dendrites that do form high up could make it all the way to the ground intact. Thus felt it was ok to hold on to SLRs about 15:1 when these same soundings with stronger wind or slightly warmer low levels would only support 10:1. The net result is snowfall amounts that are expected be anywhere from just a coating to about 2" max in the NW flow LES belts.
There will be some light NW flow LES this evening, but dry air is progged to move in very quickly, leaving a window of only a couple hours at most for those snow showers over the western belts. Over the east (Alger and Luce counties) the longer fetch will help keep some light LES bands going into Friday morning, but still this is expected to be a minor LES event. Despite the fresh snow cover and colder air advecting in, lake-effect clouds remaining in place and about 5 kts of sfc wind should prevent any PBL decoupling/rapid temps drops tonight into Friday morning and instead keep us in the teens interior and low 20s along the lakeshores.
LONG TERM. (Friday through Wednesday) Issued at 434 AM EST THU DEC 5 2019
A shot of arctic air is still on track for the midweek period next week. Thru Sat, the Upper Lakes will be under wnw to w flow with high temps no more than 5 to 8 degrees either side of normal. Meanwhile, over the n Pacific, a ridge extending n across the Aleutians will be shifting e. Once it reaches the w coast of Canada early next week, it will amplify sharply. This narrow, sharp ridging, which will extend n into the Arctic, will force deep troffing to develop downstream into the Great Lakes by the middle of next week, resulting in a surge of arctic air into the area. Medium range guidance still suggests 850mb temps of at least mid -20s C will move across Upper MI during the middle of next week. In advance of the deepening trof, Sun will be the warmest day of this fcst period with high temps well into the 30s to even around 40F. Cooling will begin Sun night/Mon with the core of the arctic air still likely to arrive Tue night/Wed, resulting in high temps Wed not getting out of the single digits above zero over the interior w half of Upper MI. This shot of arctic air looks short-lived as the narrow western ridge won't be able to deflect shortwaves moving across the ne Pacific. With at least some of this energy breaking thru the ridge, the downstream trof over the Great Lakes will be forced to begin retreating. So, expect some moderation to occur late next week. As for pcpn, a couple of clipper type shortwaves will be passing over the next few days, one today and another on Sat. Light snow will accompany the first today, followed by nw flow light LES into Fri. WAA ahead of the next wave may bring some -sn Fri night/Sat morning. Progression of shortwaves leading the deepening central N America trof will result in additional potential of pcpn Sun, but more so on Mon as tightening temp gradient increases the possibility of a more vigorous system spinning up. While models are still not indicating any kind of significant system, looks like there will be a widespread snowfall of potentially a few inches on Mon with areas near Lake Superior inline for lake enhancement under n to ne low-level winds. NW to w flow LES will then take over thru the midweek period with mdt to possibly locally hvy snow accumulations.
Beginning Fri, nw flow LES will be ongoing to start the day under 850mb temps of -11 to -15C. However, with inversion already down to around 3kft over the w, LES may not be much more than flurries by morning. Over the e, inversions will only be a little higher at 4- 5kft. So, LES will be on the light side. With the DGZ occupying the upper part of the convective layer. A fluffy inch or so of snow accumulation will be possible. The LES will end w to e during the day Fri under developing waa/backing winds/drying as sfc high pres ridging shifts e to the western Great Lakes. A few flurries may linger into early Fri evening over Luce County.
WAA strengthens Fri night into Sat morning with fairly strong isentropic ascent resulting. Compared to the model runs viewed 24hrs ago, the 00z models today show greater coverage of light pcpn across the fcst area which seems on track with the degree of isentropic ascent indicated. Best chc of -sn will be across the n and ne fcst area, particularly the Keweenaw, where low-level saturation is more likely to occur deeper into the retreating colder air. At this point, expect any snow accumulations to be under 1 inch given short duration of ascent.
A weak shortwave is fcst to track across the area Sun, which may provide some patchy -sn/-ra. Sfc cold front will also move across the fcst area Sun aftn/evening. Attention then turns to the next wave swinging across the western Great Lakes Mon/Mon night as trof amplifies over central N America. There are no indications from the deterministic CMC/ECMWF/GFS for this wave to produce a significant storm system that would impact the fcst area. The ECMWF has backed away from trends that were leading to potentially something more notable, and while the GFS had some runs trending that way as well it has also backed off. None of the 00z CMC ensembles show anything important, but surprisingly, there are now some GFS ensembles that do look interesting. In any event, Mon into early Tue will be a time period to monitor, but for now, do not anticipate anything particularly noteworthy. As was the case for the last couple of days, looks like a widespread snowfall Mon into Mon night of potentially a few inches. N to ne winds off Lake Superior will provide upsloping and lake enhancement. So, greatest snow accumulations will occur in the areas favored by n to ne winds. Following this wave, arctic air flows into the area, sending 850mb temps down into the -20s C for Tue/Wed. With inversion to lift due to the mid-level trof axis shifting overhead and at least one shortwave swinging across the area, mdt to at times hvy LES will likely be in the offing Tue/Wed in areas favored by low-level nw flow backing westerly. LES should begin to diminish on Thu as trof axis shifts e of the area and moderation begins.
AVIATION. (For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Friday morning) Issued at 641 AM EST THU DEC 5 2019
MVFR cigs will briefly become VFR this morning at the TAF sites, though a bit uncertain how quickly as lower cigs seem stubborn to clear out. Regardless, they'll come right back down early this afternoon as light snow overspreads the TAF sites from west to east. A few hours of IFR conditions look likely when the bulk of the snow moves through. Even after snow ends, we'll be left with MVFR cigs tonight as winds turn NW and keep lake-effect clouds around.
MARINE. (For the 4 AM Lake Superior forecast issuance) Issued at 322 AM EST THU DEC 5 2019
As surface ridging passes overhead, winds will go very light today. It would feel more like August out there by late afternoon if not for the temperatures. But it's a short reprieve; winds turn back NW and increase again to 25-30 kts this evening behind a cold front. There could be a few isolated marginal gale force gusts on the eastern lake Friday morning but nothing that would justify a headline at this point. Winds gradually turn to the SW Friday night with another period of winds to 30 kts expected across the lake Saturday night (and again perhaps a few isolated marginal gale force gusts). Winds then turn NW and then N behind another cold front on Sunday with another period of 25-30 kt winds and isolated gale gusts. These winds continue to veer to NE for Monday as the next low pressure system approaches, staying mostly in the 25-30 kt range. Given the winds and colder air Friday, some freezing spray is likely, mainly on the northern and eastern lake, but is not expected to reach warning-criteria. Another round of freezing spray is expected late Sunday into Monday with that cold front, and there is a slight chance this could reach warning criteria but that is still several days away.
MQT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. Upper Michigan . None. Lake Superior . None. Lake Michigan . None.
SHORT TERM . RJC LONG TERM . Rolfson AVIATION . RJC MARINE . RJC
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|SXHW3 - Saxon Harbor, WI||31 mi||68 min||Calm G 2.9||29°F||1013.5 hPa|
|DISW3 - Devils Island, WI||41 mi||48 min||E 8.9 G 12||28°F||1015 hPa (+0.5)||23°F|
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|Ironwood, Gogebic-Iron County Airport, MI||23 mi||52 min||E 5||10.00 mi||Overcast||26°F||19°F||78%||1015.1 hPa|
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