A strong positively tilted low pressure trough will push in the western part of the country over the weekend and slow the progression of a cold front sliding across the mid part of the country by early next week. The recent model trend from the 12/2&3 - NAM /12z and latest 00Z/ indicate the front will push just east of Southeast Michigan and then stall or slow to a crawl while extending southwest into eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
Weak waves of low pressure along with a surplus of moisture will ignite a streak of snow and rain which will extend from Texas into the southern Great Lakes by early next week. Snow accumulations could be notable if the front stalls long enough as it gets hung up under the strong southwesterly jet. The latest 12/3 - GFS /00Z/ model also has the front slowing but the best moisture still hangs just to the south and east of Southeast Michigan. Stay Tuned.
This is a very recent development in this system as the models had for several days, pushed the entire boundary further east with little overrunning precipitation under the baroclinic zone. This system is a "sling-shot" type of system I talked about in my Outlook and were one of the more prevalent type of snow makers for Southeast Lower Michigan during my analogue winters.
From the Outlook
Check out the 500MB and Surface and you can visualize these vort maxs pivoting around the Southwest Trough and being "shot" northeast toward the Lakes. It is still very early to run for the snow shovels and also (like stated in my most recent post), the models have some trouble with forecasting the jet that feeds these systems from the Pacific, so this is just a heads ups at this time!
Earlier NAM 12/3-00Z Model Run Fri Night for Monday Night @ 72hrs
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Bill Deedler -SEMI_WeatherHistorian