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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
808 AM CST FRI DEC 26 2014

.SHORT TERM...
258 AM CST

THROUGH SATURDAY...

HIGH CLOUDINESS WILL CONTINUE TO STREAM INTO THE REGION THROUGH AT
LEAST EARLY AFTERNOON RESULTING IN PERIODS OF CLOUDINESS AND
SUNSHINE BEFORE BEGINNING TO SHIFT MORE TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE
REGION AS CORE OF UPPER JET SHIFTS FARTHER SOUTHEAST. DESPITE THE
PRESENCE OF SCT-BKN CIRRUS STILL ANTICIPATE AN UNSEASONABLY WARM DAY
WITH HIGHS SOARING WELL INTO THE 40S AND PROBABLY CRACKING 50
DEGREES IN SOME AREAS GIVEN THE MILD START...CONTINUED WARM AIR
ADVECTION AND LOCAL 925/850MB TEMP CLIMO. UNSEASONABLY MILD
CONDITIONS CONTINUE TONIGHT IN ADVANCE OF THE FRONT WITH SOUTHERLY
WINDS TRANSPORTING 40F+ DEWPOINTS NORTH INTO THE REGION AND HELPING
HOLD TEMPS IN THE 40S THROUGH THE NIGHT. ALONG WITH THE HIGHER
DEWPOINTS WILL LIKELY ARRIVE STRATUS AND THE THREAT OF SOME LIGHT
RAIN OR DRIZZLE...ESPECIALLY LATE. QPF FIELDS IN THE GLOBAL MODELS
SEEM TO GENEROUS WITH AMOUNTS GIVEN THE CORRESPONDING FORECAST
SOUNDINGS ARE DRY ABOVE A SHALLOW NEAR SURFACE MOIST LAYER...SO NOT
ANTICIPATING MUCH MORE THAN VERY LIGHT RAIN OR DRIZZLE IF ANY PRECIP
AT ALL.

COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS THE REGION ON SATURDAY AND PROBABLY
PROVIDE FOR AT LEAST A PERIOD OF SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS WITH
IT...BUT CONTINUES TO NOT LOOK LIKE AN ALL DAY WASHOUT BY ANY MEANS
WITH MANY AREAS (ESPECIALLY SOUTH) POSSIBLY ESCAPING WITH VERY
PRECIP. TIMING OF THE FRONT WILL BE KEY TO HOW WARM TEMPS GET WITH
MODELS HAVING SLOWED THE TIMING OF THE FRONT A BIT AND GIVEN THE
VERY WARM START TO THE DAY HAVE NUDGED HIGHS UP A BIT OVER MAINLY
THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF THE CWA. TEMPS SHOULD BEGIN A SLOW FALL BEHIND
THE FRONT BUT WITH AIR MASS MORE OF PACIFIC ORIGINS NOT REALLY
LOOKING FOR ANY MAJOR DROP IN TEMPS.

IZZI

&&

.LONG TERM...
258 AM CST

SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY...

SEASONABLE TEMPS AND DRY CONDITIONS LOOK TO BE ON TAP FOR SUNDAY AND
MONDAY BEFORE ARCTIC AIR BEGINS SPILLING SOUTH INTO THE AREA TUESDAY
INTO MID WEEK. MEDIUM RANGE GUIDANCE HAS VARIED A BIT WITH THE
MAGNITUDE OF THE COLD AIR MASS IN OUR REGION...BUT DO CONTINUE TO
FOCUS THE HEART OF THE COLD AIR WEST OVER THE PLAINS. LACK OF SNOW
COVER HERE AND UPSTREAM A WAYS WILL LIKELY ALLOW AIR MASS TO MODIFY
BEFORE ARRIVING...BUT NONE THE LESS THE PROGGED 850/925MB TEMPS
SUPPORT HIGHS/LOWS MUCH MUCH COLDER THAN WE HAVE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO
AND POSSIBLY STRUGGLING TO EVEN REACH 20F FOR HIGHS BY MIDWEEK. LOW
TEMPS COULD DIP INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS OUTSIDE OF THE CHICAGO URBAN
HEAT ISLAND...A FAR CRY FROM THE UPPER 20 DEGREE LOWS THE AREA HAS
AVERAGED THUS FAR THIS DECEMBER. PROSPECTS FOR MEASURABLE SNOW WITH
THE ARRIVING ARCTIC AIR MASS THROUGH MIDWEEK LOOK PRETTY BLEAK...AND
IF WE DO MANAGE TO CLOSE OUT DECEMBER WITHOUT ANY MEASURABLE
SNOWFALL IN CHICAGO IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1912 THAT THIS
HAS HAPPENED AND ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN CHICAGO RECORDED HISTORY.

IZZI

&&

.AVIATION...

//ORD AND MDW CONCERNS...UPDATED 14Z...

* MVFR CIGS RETURNING LATE THIS AFTERNOON OR EVENING.
* IFR CIGS/VSBYS OVERNIGHT WITH -RA/-DZ POSSIBLE. KMD/CMS

//DISCUSSION...UPDATED 12Z...

MODEST PRESSURE GRADIENT REMAINS IN PLACE THIS MORNING BUT SURFACE
WINDS GENERALLY AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS. THEREFORE LLWS CONDITIONS
REMAIN POSSIBLE THROUGH THE COMING HOURS BEFORE LOW LEVEL MIXING
INCREASES. THE GRADIENT WILL ALSO BE WEAKENING THROUGH THE DAY AS
WELL...BUT IT WILL RAMP BACK UP AGAIN OVERNIGHT INTO SATURDAY
MORNING.

MEANWHILE EXPECT A CONTINUED STREAM OF HIGH CLOUDS TODAY...MORE SO
THIS AFTERNOON. AS HIGHER DEWPOINT AIR MOVES NORTH...EXPECT
STRATUS TO FORM LATER THIS AFTERNOON OR EVENING. LIFT AHEAD OF LOW
PRESSURE IN THE PLAINS WILL BRING THE CHANCE FOR DRIZZLE/LIGHT
RAIN MAINLY OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY. MIXED SIGNALS ON HOW
LOW CIGS AND VSBYS WILL GO TONIGHT...AND ALOT WILL BE DEPENDENT ON
HOW MUCH DRIZZLE/-RA MATERIALIZES. A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH
SATURDAY MORNING BRINGING ADDITIONAL SHOWER CHANCES.

KMD

//ORD AND MDW CONFIDENCE...UPDATED 14Z...

* HIGH IN VFR CONDITIONS THROUGH MIDDAY TODAY...MEDIUM THROUGH
  THIS AFTERNOON. MEDIUM-LOW IN TIMING RETURN TO MVFR.
* LOW ON IF IFR WILL MATERIALIZE OR NOT LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY
  SATURDAY. KMD/CMS

//OUTLOOK FOR ORD/MDW FOR 00Z SUNDAY-12Z FRIDAY...UPDATED 12Z...

SATURDAY NIGHT...MVFR CIGS WITH BREEZY NW WINDS.

SUNDAY...VFR.

MONDAY...SCHC -SHSN. MVFR PSBL. N TO NE WINDS.

TUESDAY...VFR. GUSTY NW WINDS.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...VFR. BREEZY SW WINDS AT TIMES.

KMD

&&

.MARINE...
234 AM CST

HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHEAST STRETCHING UP THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD
WILL REMAIN STATIONARY TODAY BEFORE SHIFTING OUT OVER THE ATLANTIC
ON SATURDAY. MEANWHILE A LOW PRESSURE TROUGH AXIS EXTENDS FROM THE
SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS THROUGH WESTERN WISCONSIN. THE TROUGH AXIS WILL
SHIFT OVER THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE LAKE TODAY WHICH WILL EASE THE
CURRENT GRADIENT OVER THE LAKE THAT IS DRIVING SOME STRONGER
SOUTHERLIES...ESPECIALLY OVER THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE
LAKE...WHERE WINDS TO 30 KT CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH MID MORNING. A
SECONDARY LOW MOVING THROUGH THE TROUGH AXIS WILL REACH CENTRAL
LAKE MICHIGAN AFTER DAYBREAK SATURDAY THEN NORTHEAST OF LAKE
HURON SATURDAY NIGHT...DEEPENING AS IT DOES SO. MODEST HIGH
PRESSURE EMERGES BEHIND THIS SYSTEM...BUT WILL DRIVE A PERIOD OF
WESTERLY WINDS TO 30 KT WITH A MODIFIED COLD FRONT. STRONGER HIGH
PRESSURE WILL MOVE OUT OF CANADA BEYOND THIS TIME FRAME...BRINGING
COLDER NORTH- NORTHWESTERLY FLOW OVER THE LAKE WHICH MAY BECOME
GUSTY AT TIMES. BEFORE THE HIGH MOVES INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS...A
WEAK TROUGH AND COLD FRONT WILL PASS OVER THE LAKE BY
MONDAY...FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER WEAK TROUGH MID-WEEK.

KMD

&&

.LOT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IL...NONE.
IN...NONE.
LM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...ILLINOIS NEARSHORE WATERS UNTIL 9 AM FRIDAY.

&&

$$

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