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Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
214 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018


Issued at 1247 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

The winter weather advisory that was in effect for portions of our
southern cwa was allowed to expire at noon.

The winter weather advisory in our northern cwa for tonight has
been cancelled.

With a southeast wind bringing increasing moisture and low
stratus, this will keep temperatures above freezing tonight, and
warmer than earlier thought. Forecast soundings indicate wet bulb
zero heights also above freezing with a warm layer aloft. All
this suggests a light rain event and is not favorable for freezing
rain (ice).

Rainfall tonight will be up to a quarter of an inch.


Issued at 304 AM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

At 3 AM CST light precipitation is developing just to the west and
southwest of the outlook area. Trends suggest any amounts to be
light to very light this morning. Temperatures are running with
increasing clouds at the top end of guidance. All trends suggest
marginal advisory for south section into late morning. Unsettled
weather of light precipitation events to continue into this weekend
with southwest flow of temperatures mostly just above freezing.


.SHORT TERM...(Today)
ISSUED AT 252 AM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

Short term forecast confidence assessment...fair to poor or average
to below average. Main issues are two-fold. First is extent of light
amounts with most solutions suggested too moist today. Second is this
would suggest highs today at or above warmest guidance with any winter
precipitation marginal until late morning.

Today...Chance to likely pops from south to north as weak disturbance
passes. Most places to see light snow mixing with light freezing rain
south of I-80 until late morning with snow amounts less than a half
inch to an inch at most and ice mostly of a a glaze on most surfaces.
For continuity will keep current advisory this morning with termination
now at noon as temperatures with any remaining light precipitation
to be above freezing in the south. Highs today mostly 33 far northwest
to around 38 in the southeast.

.LONG TERM...(Tonight through Wednesday)
ISSUED AT 345 AM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

Have issued new winter weather advisories for tonight for freezing
rain or freezing drizzle.

Tonight the second part of the system moves through the area. The
atmosphere should be close to saturation so precipitation should be
ongoing across the area. As the atmosphere cools, freezing drizzle
and/or freezing rain will develop in the highway 20 corridor from
the Mississippi river on west.

As the evening progresses, a wintry mix will slowly develop further
south and east. As the forcing exits the area after midnight, the
precipitation will end from west to east.

Quiet and dry conditions will be seen across the area Friday and
Friday evening as high pressure quickly moves through the area.
Attention then turns to the next storm system.

Late Friday night through Saturday night the next storm system moves
through the Midwest. There are differences in timing and track of
the system which will be important for precipitation type.

As the atmosphere saturates late Friday night light snow will
develop and spread north across the area. As warmer air moves into
the far south toward daybreak, the snow is expected to change over
to rain with a period of sleet and freezing rain expected.

During the day Saturday snow will change over to rain across the
remainder of the area. During the change a period of sleet and
freezing rain will be possible.

Saturday evening as stronger forcing moves through the area, rain
with embedded thunderstorms will be possible. After midnight the
rain will change back over to snow and end west of the Mississippi.
During the change a period of sleet or freezing rain will be

Sunday on...

The current model consensus has quiet and dry conditions across the
area from Sunday through Tuesday. Temperatures will average above

Tuesday night into Wednesday the next storm system moves through the
Midwest. There are differences in timing and track of this storm.
Right now the model consensus has chance pops Tuesday night and
slight chance to chance pops on Wednesday.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday Afternoon)
ISSUED AT 1247 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

Conds becoming MVFR/IFR over all the taf sites as the afternoon
progresses, with widespread IFR conds in BR/ocnl -RA tonight.
East to southeast winds around 10 knots through tonight, then
west on Friday.


Issued at 213 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

Flooding is ongoing in the Rock River and Wapsi River basins. With
the exception of Como, all sites are rising. With the flooding on
the Pecatonica River, Yellow Creek is also backed up and leading
to flooding. As a result an areal flood warning has been issued
for Yellow Creek. This will likely need to be continued until the
Pecatonica crests and starts to drop through the weekend.

On the Rock River, a long ice jam runs from Erie to Prophetstown.
This ice jam is leading to high water and impacts along the river.
This will continue until the jam breaks. Ice will lead to rapid
changes in the river. Those along the river should pay attention
to future forecasts.




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