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FXUS63 KLOT 260749

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
249 AM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017

245 AM CDT

Through tonight...

Another day of showers on tap for northern Illinois and northwest
Indiana, with precipitation finally winding down late this
afternoon into the evening.

Slow moving upper low is crossing the Mississippi River early this
morning near far northeastern Missouri and the 500mb circulation
is expected to lift across the Chicagoland area mid afternoon.
Meanwhile, at the surface, a frontal boundary is draped from PNT
to RZL early this morning and expected to lift north to near the
IL/WI state line this afternoon. This will allow warmer air to
overspread most of the CWA with afternoon highs expected to be in
the low 60s. Southwest winds behind the front should bring the
warmer temps all the way to the lake front. NAM guidance indicates
the front may stall over the northern tier of counties which
would result in a temperatures staying cooler for areas within
several miles of the state line, but as of now the NAM is a
southerly outlier.

Isentropic ascent continues to be fairly broad across the CWA
today but there is better pressure packing that lifts across the
area between 12Z and 18Z today which coincides with a lobe of
DCVA that lifts across the eastern half of the CWA. Instability
has shifted farther east today, and is mainly over the northwest
Indiana counties which will limit the thunder threat for Illinois.
With this in mind, have the highest PoPs and expected the
greatest precipitation coverage east of the I-55 corridor today
with more spotty activity expected to the west. Precipitation
chances should wind down from the west this afternoon as the 500mb
low/trough axis moves to Lake Michigan mid afternoon then to
southwestern Michigan early this evening.

Fog may be an issue throughout the day within the lighter flow of
the frontal trough with some improvement expected as southwest
flow increases from the south today. Overnight, a trailing surface
trough and eventually a col area will move over the CWA which
will continue to provide light winds. Expect cloud cover to stay
locked in so we won`t radiate very well, but the combination of
high dewpoints and light flow will promote fog redevelopment



245 AM CDT

Monday through Saturday...

Upper low that provided wet conditions over the weekend is progged
to open up and shift to New England early next week with a brief
lull in precipitation first half of Monday as a transient upper
ridge builds across the Midwest. Meanwhile, water vapor imagery
this morning indicates another upper level disturbance over the
Desert Southwest which will eventually lift across the Plains and
Midwest through the day Monday. A modest surface reflection will
move from Oklahoma late tonight to central/downstate Illinois
Monday afternoon with precipitation overspreading the CWA
associated with a corridor of mid level WAA out ahead of the low.
Soundings indicate fairly shallow moisture this far north with
weak instability only clipping areas east of the I-57 corridor.
This system will quickly depart to our east Monday night with high
pressure building from the Canadian Prairies across portions of
the Upper Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect dry conditions
during this timeframe but north to northeast winds will suppress
temperatures near the lake front, keeping those areas in the low
to mid 40s while farther inland temperatures warm into the 50s.
Models continue to struggle handling track and timing of low
pressure late in the week. The GFS has a southerly track that
keeps some of the local area dry late in the week while the ECMWF
and GEM lift the low across portions of the midwest which would
result in showers and possibly thunderstorms locally. While the
details are still way out of focus at this distance, the GEM and
ECMWF have been more consistent over the past few days and will
lean on those solutions with at least high chance PoPs late in the



For the 06Z TAFs...

Main forecast concerns continue to be centered on low ceilings and
reduced vis due to rain/drizzle/fog.

Large upper level system will continue to be slow to move through
the region, with periodic rain or drizzle to continue moving
across the sites. This will likely persist through late this
afternoon, with a drying trend finally likely into the evening.
Ceilings had varied across the sites overnight, but IFR/LIFR
ceilings are moving back overhead. Initial IFR in the near term
will be replaced with LIFR ceilings soon there after. For MDW/GYY,
expect these lower conditions to arrive over the next 1-3 hours.
East northeast winds will gradually turn to the southeast later
this morning, and then finally to the southwest and west later



300 PM CDT

Winds are trending to easterly today with speeds up to 30 KT over
much of the lake as low pressure over Missouri slowly moves
across the mid Mississippi Valley tonight. Hazardous conditions
for small craft will persist through tonight, mainly for the
Illinois nearshore waters in the persistent east flow. As the low
then tracks north through Illinois on Sunday and central Lake
Michigan Sunday night, anticipate that speeds will diminish to
the 10 to 20 KT range. High pressure is expected to build across
the upper Great Lakes region Tuesday through Thursday setting up
generally north to northeast winds over the lake with more
moderate wind speeds.


LM...Small Craft Advisory...IL nearshore waters until 5 PM Sunday.




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