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FXUS63 KILX 220849

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
349 AM CDT Mon May 22 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
ISSUED AT 328 AM CDT Mon May 22 2017
Weak ridge over the Southern Plains and the mid Mississippi River
Valley this morning...but the deep upper low along the border of
the Upper Midwest and Canada will remain a dominant feature
through the forecast. In the short term, another mild day in store
for the Midwest, with high temperatures in the low to mid 70s and
losing sunshine to increasing cloud cover. An upper wave moving
into the broader trough aloft kicks off some precip for areas NW
of I-55 for later this afternoon. This same wave drives a rather
expansive area for low pops throughout most of the forecast as the
trough elongates back into the Plains and slowly evolves into
another cut off low. But even for tonight, the progression of the
rain is slow across the remainder of the state with mild overnight


.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
ISSUED AT 328 AM CDT Mon May 22 2017

Models starting to come into better agreement with pulling the
wave that digs into the broader trough aloft and creating a cut
off low over the center of the CONUS mid week...which will keep
periodic precip chances in the forecast through midweek. Models
generating showers all the way into Thursday evening. After a
brief break potentially Friday morning...the models diverge
slightly in the extended. Although the cutoff low and periodic
chances are agreed upon...the models still look overdone in the
persistence of the precip...more likely to be showery than
anything else. Also a concern that there may be more of a break
after midweek as the models still look like a lot of feedback is
prolonging QPF fields. Once again, the pattern shift as well as
the feedback is resulting in low confidence of forecast beyond


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Monday night)
Issued at 1235 AM CDT Mon May 22 2017

VFR through the forecast so far... with the best potential for a
break in that VFR for PIA later tomorrow when showers and
thunderstorms...SPI and BMI holding back at VCSH for this
issuance. Models in good agreement for the moving in of moisture
through the column mid day tomorrow... but not more than a low/mid
deck in guidance in advance of showers/TS for PIA. Southwesterly
winds...becoming more southerly tomorrow evening for SPI as a
ridge moves to the south of the region.




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