Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL
FXUS63 KLOT 010619
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
119 AM CDT Sat Oct 1 2016
.UPDATE...906 PM CDT
For evening update...
Hard to make any meaningful improvements to going forecast this
evening, with cloudy skies and occasional drizzle and showers
expected to continue overnight in northern periphery of pesky
stacked closed low centered over downstate Indiana. Satellite and
regional radar mosaics depict another vort lobe/slug of mid-level
moisture wrapping westward across Michigan, Lake Michigan and
eastern Wisconsin at 145Z/845 pm CDT. Some of this will likely
spread west-southeast across northern IL over the next several
hours, with guidance indicating another expansion of showers
Saturday morning. Have updated hourly pop/wx grids to mach current
radar depiction, though have blended things into going forecast as
its difficult to add too much detail to overall showery and
drizzlely conditions expected into Saturday. Persistent clouds and
northeast winds helping to keep temperatures fairly uniform across
the area and expect that going mins in the upper 50s/low 60s are
right on track.
255 PM CDT
The inability to shake this low pressure system will be the story
into the first half of the weekend, with basically six straight
days of effects of this system by tomorrow.
The broad but still very well-defined upper low is presently
centered over far southern Indiana and inching back northward as a
100+ kt jet maximum rotates around its eastern side. While the
moist conveyor belt has become slightly more disjointed with this
system, there continues to be pockets of deeper moisture rotating
around the northern side supporting scattered showers over the
CWA. In the low-levels, there is an inverted surface trough
across northern Indiana into lower Michigan that looks to serve as
a focus for periods of showers as it pivots back to the west-
southwest tonight. With support of a blend of convective-
allowing models, do have chances for showers (and likely drizzle
given low-level profiles) on the increase from east-to-west
through the evening into overnight. Believe the thunder threat
continues to be confined to just these next several hours over
east central Illinois into northwest Indiana but cannot totally
rule some out through the night as the low center re approaches.
While a few gaps in cloud cover may open up late this afternoon,
once again clouds should fill in this evening. This with the
northeast flow will keep temperatures from dropping much again.
Last night, the entire CWA had minimums basically between 58 and
61 degrees and would expect basically the same tonight.
255 PM CDT
Saturday through Friday...
Saturday is the final day of showers and gloomy conditions. The
upper level low pushes north into Indiana, and then shifts northeast
Saturday night and Sunday. Similar to Friday, better coverage of
showers and possibly a couple of embedded thunderstorms will be
along and east of a McHenry to Pontiac line, closer to the low. Think
the NAM is over forecasting CAPE values as usual. Shower coverage
diminishes quickly in the evening, but a few isolated
showers/drizzle may linger overnight as upper level vorticity lobes
The drying trend continues Sunday. Guidance suggests lake effect
showers may occur over northwest Indiana Sunday morning. Have
medium confidence in showers impacting NW IN because more northwest
winds will likely push showers east of Porter County. High pressure
builds overhead Sunday evening and night so odds are we will not see
ample sunshine until Monday.
High pressure and the upper level ridge bring warmer temps to the
region early next week. A weak upper level shortwave/vort streamer
passes over the region Monday night, but thinking the drier
conditions will inhibit rain from forming.
Latest guidance slows the progression of the next system even
further. The GFS remains the slowest while the ECMWF barely has
precip reaching central IL by Wednesday afternoon. Decided to cap
pop chances at slight chance through Wed aftn, and if the GFS is
correct, Wed night may be dry as well. The other major difference
between the solutions is how robust the line of showers and storms
will be when it marches through. The ECMWF features a stout swath
of precip ahead of the cold front and strong vorticity streamer. The
GFS has a weaker vort streamer and a smaller line. However, since it
is moving through at a favorable time for thunderstorms, the line
grows as thunderstorms develop. CAPE values are minimal, but it will
be interesting to see how the models handle the line. The line of
showers and storms shifts east out of the area Friday morning with
cooler, more seasonal air moving in.
For the 06Z TAFs...
One batch of drizzle is passing through our western terminals as
of 6z, while a batch of showers and thunderstorms continues to
cycle northeastward ahead of inverted surface trough axis.
Rap/Hrrr guidance rotate this trough axis through the area this
morning, with shower coverage expected to increase around 10-11z
in NW Indiana, then spread westward. This axis does not completely
spread west through the terminals, so these showers may have their
best kick along and east of the Chicago TAF sites. Have not
introduced thunder, but isolated thunder looks to at least get
into NW Indiana and adjacent Lake Michigan. Will monitor overnight
progression for ORD/MDW but at this point feel that better threat
would be east and south.
Cigs are a bit of a smorgasbord with a mix of IFR and MVFR (most
dominant) and some VFR. Winds remain elevated such that widespread
IFR is not expected, but some downward trend is possible later
tonight into early Saturday when the next batch of precip arrives.
At least scattered showers continue in the afternoon with some
increase in Cigs, and flow off the lake could contribute to lake
effect showers as well.
Once again guidance is trying to bring conditions back to IFR
later tonight. This has been somewhat overdone in nights past, but
winds will lighten tonight and shift to NNW which may allow some
IFR/LIFR cigs to sneak in. Still a ways off on this so continued
the downward trend of the past TAF cycle.
255 PM CDT
Northeast winds have ever so slowly eased today and waves have
followed suit, though even at a slower rate. Small Craft Advisory
waves may persist in the Illinois nearshore through Saturday
morning, but at this time confidence is somewhat low. As the low
pressure across the Ohio River Valley slowly works its way back
northward, the possibility of waterspouts will again be on the
increase over the southern part of the lake, mainly on Saturday.
The setup will not be anywhere near as favorable as Wednesday
though. Winds turn toward due north on the lake by Sunday with
waves possibly come back up a bit along the Indiana nearshore.
LM...Small Craft Advisory...NEARSHORE WATERS
UNTIL 4 AM Saturday.
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