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FXUS63 KIWX 141119

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
619 AM EST Sat Jan 14 2017

Issued at 407 AM EST Sat Jan 14 2017

A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is likely this
morning, mainly south of US 24/US 224. Light ice accumulations may
occur. Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy skies this afternoon with
highs in the 30`s. Lows tonight will be in the 20`s. After a brief
break in precipitation tonight and Sunday, expect another chance
for a wintry mix and light icing late Sunday night and early
Monday morning. Rain will move in Monday afternoon and continue
through Tuesday night. Rainfall will lead to additional rises and
possible flooding on area rivers.


Issued at 554 AM EST Sat Jan 14 2017

Just did a quick short term update to increase pops/qpf across
the far southern CWA-mainly in Grant, Blackford, and Jay counties.
The 09Z HRRR suggests that the precipitation observed over IL/IN
right now will continue to drift eastward and blossom slightly
northward, with around 0.08" of QPF forecast for portions of these
three southern counties. Thus far, we`ve seen a pot pourri of
p-types reported with this area of precipitation-everything from
rain, freezing rain, snow, and sleet. Looking at temps aloft it
looks like we are still planning a mix of snow/sleet/fzra across
these counties...but if we get predominantly freezing rain we may
need an advisory. Will sit on it for now to see how far north the
precipitation develops as it drifts eastward and what p-types are
observed. Monitor our forecast page for updates.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
Issued at 407 AM EST Sat Jan 14 2017

The biggest question for the short term forecast is chances for
light icing this morning as another wave passes south of us. We
had a bit of inconsequential light snow/sleet/freezing rain mix
along the southern border of our CWA earlier with the initial
passing shortwave. IND was observing light freezing drizzle around
330 AM EST. Guidance is still conflicted as to what will happen as
this second wave moves in...but most of them have trended slightly
southward. For now, kept slight chance to low chance pops over our
southern CWA through the early afternoon, but I`m not feeling
really confident about it. The pop/qpf gradient was pretty tight,
so it wouldn`t take much of a shift to send the forecast awry.
Additionally, since we saw the mix of snow/sleet with the freezing
rain this morning, and Max TW`s aloft only climb to around 2-3C at
their warmest today, I wonder how much of an impact the precip
will really have on driving conditions. At the moment, there are
freezing rain advisories along our southern borders, but did not
feel confident enough to issue one for our area. If it looks like
the precipitation shield is lifting further northward than
expected and freezing rain is observed, dayshift can consider
whether an advisory is appropriate. At this point, the best
chances for any light icing this morning would be south of US

Otherwise, surface high pressure builds into the area late this
afternoon and tonight, ending all precipitation chances for our
CWA. High temperatures will rise into the 30`s. Lows will drop
into the 20`s overnight.


.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
Issued at 407 AM EST Sat Jan 14 2017

After the quick break in precipitation Saturday night into
Sunday, the next active weather period begins. The next low
pressure system will begin to impact our area Sunday evening
through Wednesday.

Both the ECMWF and GFS are consistent with the overall synoptic
pattern associated with this system through Monday morning as the
closed upper level low lifts into the desert southwest. From there,
the GFS takes both the upper low and the associated surface low on a
track that is further eastward than the ECMWF. Both models have the
low being absorbed into the northern stream trough near IA (or IL
per GFS) by 06Z Tuesday. The main difference is through Wednesday
morning...where the ECMWF lifts the trough/upper low over the UP of
MI with a secondary trough in it`s wake....and the GFS takes it over
Lower MI...with a building ridge in it`s wake. These differences
will lead to variances in the timing/amounts of precipitation in the
forecast for the Sunday night into Wednesday time frame. As a result-
left the consensus pops in for now...except for the highest chances
for precipitation that I increased Monday night into Tuesday.

As far as what this means for sensible weather, it looks like both
the ECMWF/GFS have backed off on precipitation chances late Sunday
afternoon...keeping them just south of our CWA border once again.
The only exception may be the far southwest/White County, IN. If
precipitation manages to develop Sun afternoon/early evening it
would be in the form of snow or sleet.

Sunday night into Monday morning will be the time frame to watch for
mixed precipitation again as weak isentropic ascent on 290K sfc
develops over the region. As mentioned in earlier
discussion...limitation is initial dry air...with deeper moisture
not arriving until after 6Z-9z. From forecast
appears that we`ll see another wintry mix of snow/sleet/freezing
rain initially before it quickly transitions to rain from
southwest to northeast. The Monday morning commute could be
hazardous due to icy conditions.

Attention then turns to Monday afternoon into Wednesday...our best
chances for precip. Plenty of warm air and moisture is lifted straight
into the CWA from the Gulf of we`ll see a broad shield
of rain spread across the CWA. With additional rainfall
expected...flooding potential remains along area rivers.

Wednesday afternoon into Thursday should remain dry as a building
ridge aloft moves overhead. We see high temperatures climb from the
40`s Thursday to the 50`s and even maybe low 60`s on Friday/Saturday-
which is well above normal for this time of year. A few passing
waves bring additional chances for rain showers Friday and Friday


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Sunday Morning)
Issued at 613 AM EST Sat Jan 14 2017

Low clouds advancing northward into nrn IN this morning along/ahead
of an inverted sfc trof. Appears showers associated with this
feature will remain south of the terminals but still expect mvfr
cigs to impact FWA. Drier air will filter back into the area from
the nw this aftn as the sfc trof passes allowing for vfr conditions
across the area tonight.





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