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FXUS63 KILX 211150

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
550 AM CST Tue Nov 21 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
ISSUED AT 250 AM CST Tue Nov 21 2017

08Z/2 am surface analysis shows 984 mb low pressure near Lake
Nipigon Canada (just north of Lake Superior) with its cold front
extending through central WI into eastern IA and nw MO. Breezy SSW
winds ahead of the cold front over central IL with winds gusting
to 20-30 mph. These breezy SSW winds along with some bands of
mid/high clouds keeping temps up tonight, currently ranging from
mid 30s in far southeast IL over Lawrence county, to the upper
40s over west central IL from Macomb to Pittsfield west. Aloft a
517 dm 500 mb low was nw of Lake Superior and embedded in a larger
upper level trof over the Midwest and extending southward across
the MS river valley.

00Z forecast models take low pressure eastward to the southern tip
of James Bay Canada by 18Z/noon today and into nw Quebec by 00Z/6
pm as it weakens to 990 mb. This will pivot the cold front se
across the heart of central IL by noon and pass the Wabash river
by late afternoon. Moisture still appears limited with frontal
boundary, though some short range models now showing some patches
over qpf over northern CWA this afternoon. Added slight chances of
light rain showers mainly ne of I-74 this afternoon. Highs today
range from mid 40s over the IL river valley, to mid 50s by
Lawrenceville. Brisk nw winds behind the cold front gusting 25-30
mph will drop temps to the lower 30s northern CWA by 6 pm and
40-45F in southeast IL, se of I-70.

1032 mb Canadian high pressure over central Alberta Canada will
settle into eastern KS overnight and ridge into IL by sunrise
Wed. This will decrease clouds and winds and bring a much colder
night tonight. Lows tonight will be in the lower 20s over central
IL and mid 20s in southeast IL. Could even dip into upper teens nw
of IL river over parts of Knox and Stark counties.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
ISSUED AT 250 AM CST Tue Nov 21 2017

High pressure ridges from Texas ne into the Ohio river valley at
sunset Wed and to bring lighter winds and ample sunshine but cold
temperatures. Highs 35-40F Wed with coldest readings from I-74 ne
and lows Wed night in the mid to upper 20s. High pressure settles
over the mid Atlantic states Thu while a weak cold front washes
out as it drops into northern IL during Thursday. Not quite as
cold on Thanksgiving day with highs in the mid to upper 40s.
Milder highs in the 50s on Friday with breezy SSW winds, similar
to yesterdays readings, with areas from Springfield sw approaching

Models take a 980 mb surface low pressure eastward across central
Ontario province Friday night and pushes another cold front se
across CWA. Have slight chances of light rain showers from I-74 ne
Friday evening. A deep upper level trof digs over the eastern
states during this weekend and brings in colder air back to the
area. Highs Sat range from mid 40s northern CWA to 50-55F southern
CWA, with temps likely slipping during the day. Highs Sunday only
in the upper 30s and lower 40s despite ample sunshine. Upper level
ridge builds over the Great Plains on Sunday night and Monday and
brings IL fair wx with moderating temperatures. Highs Monday in
the low to mid 40s, and in the upper 40s to mid 50s next Tuesday.
GFS and ECMWF models similar in taking low pressure eastward
across northern parts of ND/MN and Lake Superior Monday night/Tue
and brings a cold front thru central IL Tue afternoon/evening with
next chance of showers.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Wednesday morning)
Issued at 545 AM CST Tue Nov 21 2017

VFR conditions expected to continue across the central IL airports
through 12Z/6 am Wed. 985 mb low pressure near Hearst Canada
between James Bay and Lake Superior, has a cold front near the
IA/IL border. This front will sweep southeast to the IL river by
15Z/9 am, and reach DEC and CMI about 18Z/noon. LLWS will occur a
couple more hours across central IL airports with 1-1.5k ft WSW
winds of 35-40 kts. SSW winds 10-15 kts early this morning will
veer WSW by mid morning, then shift NW behind the cold front
between 15-18Z and gusts 18-25 kts into the afternoon. NW winds
diminish to 6-10 kts early this evening as 1033 mb high pressure
along the southern Alberta and Saskatchewan province line settles
into the central Plains overnight. Broken to overcast mid level
clouds 8-12k ft will push se to IL river early this morning and
during mid/late morning at DEC and CMI. Ceilings could get as low
as 4-5k ft this afternoon especially along I-74 where isolated
light rain showers possible, but too isolated in nature to mention
in the TAFs.





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