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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
401 PM CST SAT DEC 20 2014

.SHORT TERM...
247 PM CST

THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...

THE STREAK OF CLOUDY DAYS CONTINUES...WITH THE STUBBORN PATTERN TO
CONTINUE. AS A RESULT OF THE THICK CLOUD COVER...AND LACK OF
ORGANIZED ADVECTION OF ANY WARMER AIR AT THE SFC...TEMPS HAVE HELD
MAINLY ARND 30 TO 35 ACROSS THE BULK OF THE CWFA. SFC RIDGE
CONTINUES TO DRIFT EAST THIS AFTN...WITH A WEAK SOUTHERLY FLOW
DEVELOPING. THERE WAS A WEAK MID-LVL VORT LIFTING NORTHEAST ACROSS
SOUTHERN WISC/WESTERN LOWER MI...WHICH WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE A FEW
FLURRIES ACROSS THE FAR NORTHERN IL AREAS.

THIS AFTN/EARLY EVE LOOKS TO REMAIN QUIET/DRY...WITH A LIGHT
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST WIND. IR IMAGERY SHOWS THE NEXT WAVE ACROSS THE
CENTRAL PLAINS...WHICH IS PROGGED TO ARRIVE ACROSS NORTHWEST IL
AFTER MIDNIGHT. THERE APPEARS TO BE SOME WEAK ADVECTION OF MOISTURE
IN THE LOW-LEVELS OVERNIGHT. SOUNDINGS SUGGEST A NARROW WARM WEDGE
ALOFT WHICH COULD TRANSITION ANY PRECIP OVERNIGHT TO LIQUID. THE
FORCING/OMEGA IS RATHER WEAK...WHICH MAY LIMIT DROPLET SIZE AND
RESULT IN JUST PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE. TEMPS WILL LIKELY NOT MOVE
MUCH OVERNIGHT...SO HAVE HELD ONTO MID/UPR 20S OVERNIGHT.

LOCAL ARW8KM SOLUTION INDICATES THE MOISTURE TO BE RATHER MARGINAL
WITH THE SYSTEM ARRIVING OVERNIGHT/SUN MORNING...BUT PROGRESSIVE AND
LIFTING NORTH OF THE CWFA BY MIDDAY. WEAK THERMAL RIDGE AT 850MB
WOULD SUGGEST TEMPS MAY ACTUALLY WARM SUN AFTN...HOWEVER GIVEN THE
STUBBORN PATTERN WE HAVE BEEN IN WOULD LEAN TOWARDS NUDGING TEMPS
DOWN A DEGREE OR TWO. MOISTURE LAYER WILL REMAIN LOCKED IN ACROSS
THE REGION THRU SUN/SUN NGT. WITH A CONTINUED SOUTHERLY FLOW AT THE
SFC...TEMPS WILL LIKELY ONLY FALL TO ARND 30/LOW 30S.

BEACHLER

&&

.LONG TERM...
247 PM CST

MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...

500MB TROUGH BEGINS TO DIG INTO THE CENTRAL CONUS MON MORNING...WITH
WARM AIR STEADILY ADVECTING NORTH ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA. WHILE
THE THICK CLOUD COVER WILL PERSIST...THE PUSH OF WARM/MOIST AIR WILL
BRING TEMPS INTO THE 40S THE FAR SOUTHERN CWFA COULD SEE A FEW
LOCATIONS TOUCH THE UPR 40S MON AFTN. PRECIP WILL STEADILY PUSH EAST
AS THE UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM PROGRESSES TOWARDS THE REGION...BUT WITH
THE WARM AIR IN PLACE PRECIP SHUD FALL AS RAIN.

MON NGT THE 500MB VORT WILL SLIDE INTO THE UPPER MIDWEST...BUT THE
TROUGH WILL DIG SOUTH ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. GUIDANCE HAS BEEN
INDICATING A SECONDARY SHORTWAVE EJECTING FROM THE TROUGH AXIS...AND
LIFTING IT NORTHEAST ACROSS THE TENN VALLEY CHRISTMAS EVE. THE
NORTHERN SFC LOW WILL BE WRAPPED UP ACROSS CENTRAL WISC TUE...WITH
THE MOIST CHANNEL FEEDING NORTH ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA THRU TUE
AFTN. THE SOUTHERN LOW WILL BE QUICKLY DEEPENING AS IT LIFTS NORTH
ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY WED MORNING...ALLOWING WINDS TO BE ON THE
INCREASE AND HELPING TO STEADILY TRANSITION PRECIP OVER FROM RAIN TO
SNOW POST FROPA WED MORNING.

THE LAST SEVERAL CYCLES OF GUIDANCE HAVE DEMONSTRATED DIFFERENCES IN
PLACEMENT/TRACK OF THE SFC LOW WED AFTN/EVE. LATEST SOLUTION IS
PROGGED TO LIFT NORTH ACROSS NORTHERN IN AND THEN SLIGHTLY
RETROGRADE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIP OF LAKE MICHIGAN WED EVE. THEN BY
CHRISTMAS DAY THE TROUGH WILL BE PIVOTING EAST AND HELPING TO LIFT
THE SFC LOW NORTHEAST AWAY FROM THE REGION. SOME WRAP AROUND
MOISTURE/SNOW LOOKS FAVORABLE WED NGT/THUR MORNING...BEFORE COMING
TO AN END JUST AFTER DAYBREAK CHRISTMAS MORNING. THIS SYSTEM WILL
CONTINUE TO BE CLOSELY MONITORED.

TEMPS WILL BE RETURNING TO MORE SEASONAL CONDS...WITH HIGHS
CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE LOW/MID 30S. FLOW REMAINS RATHER PROGRESSIVE
WITH ANOTHER WEAK PUSH OF WARMER AIR RETURNING FRI AND TEMPS BACK TO
THE UPR 30S/LOW 40S. THEN FOR FRI ENSEMBLES ARE INDICATING YET
ANOTHER TROUGH BEGINNING TO DIG INTO THE CENTRAL CONUS...WITH A SFC
LOW LIFTING NORTHEAST ACROSS THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES.

BEACHLER

&&

.AVIATION...

//ORD AND MDW CONCERNS...UPDATED 22Z...

* MVFR CIGS RETURNING THIS EVENING OR OVERNIGHT.
* PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE EARLY SUNDAY.

BMD/IZZI

//DISCUSSION...UPDATED 18Z...

HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS OVER THE REGION TODAY RESULTING IN LIGHT
FLOW...HOWEVER WINDS WILL TREND MORE SOUTHERLY THOUGH THE TAF PERIOD
AS THE HIGH DRIFTS EAST OF THE AREA. MVFR CIGS HAVE SCATTERED AND
DRIFTED EAST OF THE TERMINALS THIS MORNING...BUT EXPECT A RETURN OF
THE MVFR THIS EVENING OR OVERNIGHT...THOUGH SPECIFIC TIMING REMAINS
UNCERTAIN. OVERNIGHT...WARM AIR ADVECTION INCREASES JUST OFF THE
DECK AND MAY ALLOW FOR SOME LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE TO DEVELOP WITH
SURFACE TEMPS JUST BELOW FREEZING. FORCING IS BEST OVER NORTH
CENTRAL ILLINOIS SO WILL MAINTAIN PROB30 MENTION AT RFD ONLY FOR
NOW. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE THROUGH THE DAY SUNDAY AS THE
GRADIENT TIGHTENS AHEAD OF LOW PRESSURE APPROACHING FROM THE
NORTHWEST.

BMD

//ORD AND MDW CONFIDENCE...UPDATED 22Z...

* MEDIUM CONFIDENCE IN CIG TRENDS BUT LOW IN TIMING.
* LOW CONFIDENCE IN FREEZING DRIZZLE.

BMD/IZZI

//OUTLOOK FOR ORD/MDW FOR 00Z MONDAY-12Z SATURDAY...UPDATED 12Z...

SUNDAY NIGHT...DRY...MAINLY VFR.

MONDAY...RAIN AND MVFR LIKELY. BREEZY SOUTH-SOUTHEAST WINDS.

TUESDAY...CHANCE OF RAIN. MVFR POSSIBLE. SOUTH WINDS BECOMING WEST.

WEDNESDAY...CHANCE OF SNOW. MVFR/IFR POSSIBLE. NORTHWEST WINDS
BECOMING GUSTY FROM THE WEST.

THURSDAY...DRY. MAINLY VFR. GUSTY WEST WINDS DIMINISHING.

FRIDAY...CHANCE OF RAIN OR SNOW. MVFR POSSIBLE. LIGHT EAST WINDS
BECOMING WEST.

RATZER

&&

.MARINE...
203 PM CST

LIGHT SOUTHEAST TO EAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 10-25 KT TOMORROW
MORNING THEN TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON AS THE GRADIENT TIGHTENS
BETWEEN THE DEPARTING HIGH AND THE NEXT LOW. THE LOW MOVES OVER THE
DAKOTAS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MODELS AGREE A BIT MORE IN THE PATTERN
EARLY NEXT WEEK.  HAVE MEDIUM CONFIDENCE IN THE WIND FORECAST WITH
THIS NEXT LOW.  THE LOW WEAKENS AS IT MOVES OVER WISCONSIN TUESDAY
AND A SECOND LOW FORMS OVER THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON. THE SECOND LOW WILL RACE NORTH AND DEEPEN REACHING
MICHIGAN WEDNESDAY. MODELS DIFFER ON HOW QUICKLY THE LOW WILL REACH
MICHIGAN.  BOTH MODELS CONTINUE TO FEATURE WESTERLY HIGH END GALES
BEHIND THE LOW WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THURSDAY.  WEST WINDS
DIMINISH THURSDAY AS THE LOW CONTINUES OFF TO THE NORTH. THE NEXT
LOW MOVES OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS THURSDAY AFTERNOON. GUIDANCE
DIFFERS ON THIS LOWS PATH BUT IT SHOULD IMPACT THE LAKE LATE NEXT
WEEK.

JEE

&&

.LOT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IL...NONE.
IN...NONE.
LM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...LMZ740...10 PM SUNDAY TO 3 AM TUESDAY.

&&

$$

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