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FXUS63 KILX 292317

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
617 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
ISSUED AT 310 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Will continue the flash flood watch through Sunday night east of the
IL river where another 2.5-4 inches of rain is expected. Widespread
showers and thunderstorms currently were along and west of I-55 and
will spread back across eastern IL late this afternoon and evening.
SPC continues slight risk of severe storms south of I-72 for large
hail and damaging wind gusts, with 2-5% risk of tornadoes. The
frontal boundary was staying close to I-70 much of today and is not
getting as far north as earlier shown by models. Strong ne winds
over northern CWA where gusts were 25-35 mph has caused temps to
actually slip to 40-45F from Quincy to Bloomington north. Altona
weather observer just called with report of sleet mixed in the the
rain showers in far northern Knox county with temp down to 39F.
Meanwhile some sunshine appearing in far southeast IL with temps
warming into the mid to upper 70s from Robinson to Flora south
with dewpoints in the mid to upper 60s and se winds. The frontal
boundary near I-70 extends sw across southeast MO to 999 mb low
pressure in central Texas. 12Z models eject surface low pressure
into ne Kansas by sunset Sunday and will lift the front north
across central IL Sunday afternoon. This will continue showers and
thunderstorms tonight and Sunday. SPC day2 outlook has marginal
risk of severe storms over much of IL Sunday afternoon/evening
while slight risk in far southeast IL which may be expanded
northward into east central IL. Lows tonight to range from nearly
steady lower 40s nw of IL river, to the mid 60s in southeast IL
with Lawrenceville at 67F. Highs Sunday range from mid to upper
60s nw of the IL river, to the mid 70s to lower 80s in eastern IL
with the lower 80s over the Wabash river valley.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
ISSUED AT 310 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

554 dm 500 mb low over central NM to eject up into ne Iowa by
sunrise Monday while surface low moves into the upper MS river
valley and swings a cold front eastward across IL Sunday evening.
This will continue high chances of showers and thunderstorms with
heavy rains Sunday evening, then diminishing to after midnight
Sunday night. Strong cutoff upper level low over WI Monday to keep
low clouds and chances of showers around on Monday, though southeast
IL will have less chances of showers being further south away from
upper level low. Much cooler highs in the 50s Monday with breezy WSW
winds. Isolated showers possible along and ne of I-74 Monday evening
then dry conditions expected overnight Monday night and Tuesday with
partly to mostly sunny skies Tuesday. Highs Tue range from lower 60s
from I-74 north to the upper 60s in southeast IL.

Next weather system to eject eastward into the mid/southern MS river
valley by Wed and spread chances of showers back east over area by
overnight Tue night into Wed and linger into Thu with highest pops
southern areas. Thunderstorms chances still appear to be south of
I- 64 Wed afternoon into Wed night. Cutoff low over the southern
MS river valley Fri/Sat to keep chance of showers south of CWA so
keeping a dry forecast from Thu night thru end of next week. Highs
Wed in the upper 50s/lower 60s, then lower 60s Thu, modifying to
mid to upper 60s on Friday and upper 60s to around 70F next
Saturday which is closer to normal for early May.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening)
Issued at 611 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Current cluster of showers and thunderstorms will affect the
area through the evening bringing a continuation of the MVFR
and IFR cigs along with gusty east to northeast winds. The
warm front is still well south of the TAF sites and not expected
to push across the area until Sunday which will help keep the
lower cigs over the area Sunday morning. East to northeast winds
of 20 to 25 kts with gusts up to 35 kts this evening will slowly
diminish after 05z but remain basically out of a easterly
direction through the night. Winds on Sunday will become southeast
at 15 to 25 kts with afternoon gusts around 35 kts at times.
Scattered TSRA will also be possible on Sunday as a cold front
approaches the area, especially in the afternoon and evening.


Flash Flood Watch through Monday morning for ILZ031-037-038-



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