Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KIWX 181722

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
1222 PM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

Issued at 320 AM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

A very wet week is ahead with warm temperatures just down the
road. Highs will climb to near 60 Monday, and then even warmer
Tuesday with highs near 70. A rainy period from Monday into
Wednesday will cause rises on rivers with flooding on many. In
addition to river flooding, areal flooding is also likely
particularly over low lying and other flood prone areas.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
Issued at 312 AM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

Moisture will begin to surge northeast tonight as large scale
lift increases. Rain will develop by late tonight and spread
northeast late. Temperatures will begin to rise overnight in
response to very strong warm air advection.


.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 312 AM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

Rounds of rain are ahead this week which will cause hydrologic
issues. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are likely by the end of
the week as moisture continues to surge northeast. Several factors
continue to be very supportive for moderate to occasionally heavy
rain for an extended period. Precipitable water values will rise
above 1.3 inches at times which would top the climatological
values for this time of year. NAEFS/ensemble mean precip water
forecast values exceed the 99.5% percentile/climate for close to
48 hours from Monday afternoon into Wednesday, indicative of the
potential for an extreme event. An analog from Feb 29 to March 5
of 1976 produced 5.45 inches of rain at South Bend. WPC is
supportive of of heavy rainfall with widespread amounts this
upcoming week of 2.5 to 5 inches. After coordination with
surrounding offices, have updated the Hydrologic Outlook that was
initially issued yesterday morning to highlight flooding concerns
from these rainfall amounts. Highs Tuesday may set records and
have the potential to top the highest temperature so early in the


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday Afternoon)
Issued at 1217 PM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

MVFR conditions under stratus deck at the onset of the forecast
period. Low clouds will scatter out and bring conditions back up
to VFR. Low level wind shear increases this evening as southerly
winds at surface veer and increase with height to out of the west.
Rain enters the area after 08z lowering cigs down to MVFR. Some
guidance indicating heavier rain by morning further lowering cigs
and vsby to IFR. Left out of forecast due to lower confidence.




SHORT TERM...Skipper
LONG TERM...Skipper

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