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FXUS63 KDVN 282352

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
652 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017


Issued at 313 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

18Z surface data has a frontal boundary from central Kansas into
northwest Indiana. Dew points were in the 20s and 30s from the Great
Lakes into the northern Plains. South of the front dew points were
in the 50s and 60s.


.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Saturday)
ISSUED AT 313 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

Current radar trends show a period of dry weather late this
afternoon across the southeast half of the area.

This evening, the rain across the northwest half of the area will
end but spotty light rain or drizzle will persist or move into the
area from the southwest.

After midnight, the question becomes how quickly will the atmosphere
re-saturate under the persistent northeast flow off the lake. The
current forecast has light rain moving back into the southern half
of the area prior to sunrise. However, if the depth of the dry air
is deeper than what the models depict, like today, then most areas
south of I-80 could remain dry until sunrise Saturday.

On Saturday, the first part of the main storm system moves into the
area. Strong northeast flow will be seen across the area with rain
overspreading the area during the morning. As lift increases in the
late morning and afternoon hours, some embedded thunderstorms are
expected to develop which will increase rainfall amounts across the
southeast half of the area.

The combination of clouds, rain, and northeast winds on Saturday
will keep nearly all of the area in the 40s. The possible exception
is south of a Galesburg, IL to Kahoka, MO line were temperatures may
get just above 50 degrees.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday Night through Friday)
ISSUED AT 313 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

Model trends remain fairly consistent, lending increased confidence
to active weather through the weekend, featuring heavy rain,
resulting river flooding and isolated short term flooding, and
possibly a window of severe storms. Long term river flooding is
discussed in detail below.

Synoptic models still favor the southeast third of the forecast area
for the heaviest rain axis, on the order of 3 to 4 inches. By
Saturday night into Sunday, increasingly moist soils will make
conditions prime for localized flash flooding from rain swollen
creeks, streams and ditches. Heavy rainfall rates could also produce
some significant street flooding. Most synoptic and convective
allowing models support some potential for severe weather Sunday
afternoon and evening as a surface low and warm front lift north
through the area. There are still disagreements in the eventual path
and timing of the low, but it is becoming increasingly clear that at
least some portion of the forecast area, especially the southeast,
will be at risk. Would not be surprised to see an upgrade from
marginal to slight risk, at least in the south. Clouds may limit the
amount of destabilization and areal coverage of severe storms, but
even a modest amount of MUCAPE would support a QLCS wind/tornado
threat given the strong shear and favorably aligned 0-3km shear

For Monday, a well-developed TROWAL will sustain lingering showers,
with afternoon temps struggling to get out of the 40s. Tuesday
through Friday, expect mainly quiet weather with near to slightly
below normal temperatures.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday Evening)
ISSUED AT 643 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

Light rain along/n of I-80 will taper off this eve with exiting
upper level wave, with some patchy drizzle lingering along with
mvfr to local ifr conditions this evening. Overnight, I went with
hrrr cig height trends which are verifying well and show gradual
improvement to vfr all sites but BRL where kept mvfr conditions.
On Saturday, anticipate next round of rain aided by isentropic
ascent to overspread the terminals by mid morning through midday
with conditions lowering to mvfr with pockets of ifr possible.
Winds will remain northeasterly throughout the taf cycle at around
10-15 kts and turn gusty on Saturday.


Issued at 1141 AM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

Updated morning forecast guidance from the North Central River
Forecast Center now includes 72 hrs of QPF, through the bulk of
the heavy rain event for the forecast area. Confidence is
increasing on the potential for widespread heavy rain through the
period. Parts of west central and northwest Illinois remain
favored for the heaviest amounts, potentially 2 to 3 inches and
locally higher.

These amounts place the Illinois tribs and the Mississippi River
south of the Quad Cities at the most risk of significant flooding.
Moderate flooding is possible into next week on the Rock River,
as well as the La Moine River, and the mainstem Mississippi from
New Boston to Burlington. Other faster responding points in
eastern Iowa will also be watched closely this weekend.

There is still some uncertainty on the axis of heavy rain, and those
with interests along area rivers, streams and creeks should check
back for updates through the weekend.




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