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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
756 AM CST FRI NOV 28 2014

.SHORT TERM...
340 AM CST

MAIN FORECAST CONCERNS/CHALLENGES ARE WITH LIGHT SNOW THIS MORNING
WITH LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS FOR THE NORTHERN THIRD OF THE
CWA...SLIGHT POSSIBILITY FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN OR
SLEET EARLY THIS EVENING FOR FAR NORTHERN ILLINOIS...AND A WARM UP
FOR THIS WEEKEND.

LATEST RADAR IMAGERY SHOWING SOME ECHOES ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF
OF THE CWA...BUT WITH THIS NOT AMOUNTING TO ANYTHING AT THE
SURFACE AT THIS TIME. APPROACHING MID LEVEL IMPULSE WITH STRONG
WAA ONGOING ACROSS THE REGION IS ALLOWING FOR PERSISTENT LIFT OVER
THE CWA. LATEST OBS INDICATING STILL ONLY MID LEVEL CLOUD COVER IN
PLACE AS A GOOD AMOUNT OF LOW LEVEL DRY AIR IN PLACE IS LIMITING
SATURATION EARLY THIS MORNING. LATEST GUIDANCE STILL VARIES TO THE
EXTENT OF SNOWFALL THIS MORNING...VARYING FROM NONE TO SOME
DEVELOPMENT ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS THROUGH THE 8-9 AM TIME
FRAME. HAVE MAINTAINED PREVIOUS FORECAST OF LIKELY POPS AS I DO
THINK IT WILL SNOW THIS MORNING WITH AREAS ACROSS NORTHWEST
ILLINOIS LIKELY OBSERVING SNOW WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR. I DO WONDER
THE EXTENT OF ANY MODERATE SNOW...ONCE AGAIN OWING TO THE DRIER
AIR. NONETHELESS...DEVELOPING SNOW FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS EARLY
THIS MORNING WILL PROGRESS EAST OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS WITH
THE BEST CHANCES FOR MORE ACCUMULATING SNOW AROUND OF AROUND ONE
HALF INCH OR LESS LIKELY OCCURRING CLOSER TO THE
ILLINOIS/WISCONSIN BORDER. THIS PRECIP WILL DEPART TO THE
NORTHEAST BY MID MORNING...LEAVING DRY CONDITIONS AND CLOUDY SKIES
IN PLACE THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.

ALTHOUGH GUIDANCE NOT REALLY INDICATING IT...CURRENT STRONG WAA IN
PLACE THIS MORNING WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THIS AFTERNOON. WHILE THIS
OCCURS...ANOTHER UPSTREAM IMPULSE WILL DROP SOUTHEAST TOWARDS THE
CWA LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING. I DID INTRODUCE SLIGHT
CHANCE POPS DURING THIS PERIOD MAINLY FOR THE FAR NORTHERN TIER OF
COUNTIES...AS IF IT WERE TO PRECIPITATE...COLUMN WOULD BE
SUPPORTIVE OF A WINTRY MIX. WITH DECENT WARMING IN THE LOW LEVELS
AND SURFACE TEMPS STILL HANGING AROUND FREEZING OR SLIGHTLY
BELOW...PRECIP COULD BE IN THE FORM OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN. ONCE
AGAIN...AM NOT CONFIDENT WITH THIS SCENARIO BUT WITH PERSISTENT
FORCING THROUGHOUT TODAY...DONT THINK IT WOULD TAKE MUCH FOR ANY
PRECIP TO FALL OUT THE CLOUDS LATER TODAY. WILL NEED TO CONTINUE
MONITOR THIS TIME FRAME...MAINLY THROUGH THE 1-2Z TIME FRAME
BEFORE ENTIRE PRECIP SHIELD FULLY LIFTS NORTH OF THE CWA TONIGHT.
THIS WILL LEAVE DRY CONDITIONS IN PLACE THROUGH MOST OF THE
WEEKEND BEFORE SLIGHT CHANCE FOR RAIN ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST CWA
SUNDAY WITH THE APPROACH ANOTHER WAVE. MADE MINOR CHANGES TO HIGHS
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WARMER TEMPS STILL ANTICIPATED...BUT LINGERING
CLOUD COVER COULD LIMIT THE POTENTIAL TO REACH GOING FORECAST
HIGHS.

RODRIGUEZ

&&

.LONG TERM...
340 AM CST

THE START OF NEXT WEEK WILL BE MARKED WITH A RETURN TO A COLDER
AIR MASS...AS HIGH TEMPS ON MONDAY ARE IN THE 20S. CONDITIONS WILL
GENERALLY BE DRY THROUGH MID WEEK...WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF LIGHT
SNOW ON TUESDAY. GUIDANCE THEN BEGINS TO VARY GOING TO
THURSDAY...WITH THE APPROACH ANOTHER SYSTEM. AT THIS TIME...IT
APPEARS TO BE TIMING ISSUES AS CHANCES FOR PRECIP RETURN ONCE
AGAIN LATE IN THE WORK WEEK...WITH SOME WARMING LIKELY DURING THIS
PERIOD.

RODRIGUEZ

&&

.AVIATION...

//ORD AND MDW CONCERNS...UPDATED 14Z...

* LIGHT SNOW NOW DEPARTING.

* SOUTH WINDS INCREASING WITH GUSTS NEAR 20 KT BY MIDDAY.

* CHANCE FOR MVFR CIGS TO DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON/EARLY
  EVENING.

* POSSIBLE PATCHY FOG DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT.

MDB

//DISCUSSION...UPDATED 14Z...

LIGHT SNOW HAS MAINLY SKIRTED ORD/MDW/GYY THE LAST FEW HOURS AND
IS BEGINNING TO PUSH TO THE EAST. ASSOCIATED 040-050 CIGS WILL
ALSO BE EXITING TO THE EAST LEAVING CIGS IN THE 070-100 RANGE.
NEXT CONCERN IS POSSIBLE MVFR CIG DEVELOPMENT LATE THIS AFTERNOON
AS LOW LEVEL WARM AIR PUSHES OVER THE AREA. WILL NOT MAKE ANY
CHANGES TO THE AFTERNOON/EVENING PERIOD AT THIS POINT BUT WILL BE
EVALUATING THE POTENTIAL OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS AND MAY NEED TO
ADD LOWER END MVFR CLOUD MENTION AFTER 21/22Z OR SO. CONFIDENCE IS
LOW AT THE MOMENT.

MDB

FROM 12Z...

CONSIDERABLE HIGH BASED CLOUDS CONTINUE TO SLIDE SOUTHEAST ACROSS
NORTHERN IL/NORTHWEST IN AIRFIELDS EARLY THIS MORNING. REGIONAL
RADAR INDICATES THE BACK EDGE OF THE LIGHT PRECIPITATION NEARING
KRFD...AND SHUD BE SLOWLY ENDING ARND 13-14Z FOR ORD/MDW/GYY. MOST
OF THE CIGS WITH THE LGT SNOW HAVE REMAINED ABOVE 6KFT
AGL...HOWEVER THERE MAY BE BRIEF DIP TO 3KFT AGL FOR ORD/RFD
BEFORE LIFTING BACK UP. THE LGT SNOW SHUD ONLY REDUCE VSBYS TO
5-7SM...OTHERWISE NOT EXPECTING ANY FURTHER REDUCTIONS TO VSBYS
THIS MORNING. BETTER MIXING WILL DEVELOP MIDDAY AND ALLOW
SOUTHERLY WINDS TO SLOWLY INCREASE...AND LIKELY PRODUCE GUSTS NEAR
20KT. THEN AFT 02Z GUSTS WILL QUICKLY DISSIPATE. HIGH BASED CLOUDS
WILL LINGER ALL AFTN/EVE...THEN SLIDE NORTHEAST. THERE IS SOME
INDICATION FROM GUIDANCE THAT PATCHY FOG MAY TRY TO DEVELOP LATE
TONIGHT AS WARM AIR ALOFT PUSHES NORTH OVER NORTHERN IL/NORTHWEST
IN AIRFIELDS. THIS MAY BE ABLE TO PRODUCE SOME PATCHY LOW CLOUDS
AND REDUCE VSBYS. GUIDANCE ALSO INDICATES THE LGT PRECIP TO REMAIN
NORTH OF THE AIRFIELDS.

BEACHLER

//ORD AND MDW CONFIDENCE...UPDATED 14Z...

* HIGH CONFIDENCE IN LIGHT SNOW DEPARTING NEXT HOUR.

* HIGH CONFIDENCE IN WIND TRENDS.

* LOW CONFIDENCE IN MVFR CIG POTENTIAL LATE THIS AFTERNOON/EARLY
  THIS EVENING.

* MEDIUM CONFIDENCE IN PATCHY FOG DEVELOPMENT OVERNIGHT.

MDB

//OUTLOOK FOR ORD/MDW FOR 00Z SUNDAY-12Z FRIDAY...UPDATED 12Z...

SATURDAY NIGHT...MAINLY VFR CONDS.

SUNDAY...MAINLY VFR. POSSIBLE LGT RAIN IN THE MORNING.

MONDAY...VFR.

TUESDAY...SLIGHT CHANCE OF LGT SNOW EARLY WITH PATCHY MVFR CIGS.
OTHERWISE VFR.

WEDNESDAY...VFR.

THURSDAY...MAINLY VFR. PATCHY LIGHT RAIN OR SNOW WITH PATCHY MVFR
CIGS.

BEACHLER

&&

.MARINE...
218 AM CST

WEAKENING RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED OVER THE TENNESSEE
VALLEY THIS MORNING...WILL SLIDE EAST ACROSS THE MID-ATLANTIC
REGION THIS EVENING. THIS WILL ALLOW A TIGHTENING GRADIENT TO
DEVELOP OVER THE LAKE...ALLOWING SOUTHERLY WINDS TO STEADILY
INCREASE. ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS...AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS
EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AND SLOWLY PUSH EAST TOWARDS THE UPPER MIDWEST
SATURDAY MORNING. THERE MAY BE A PERIOD THIS EVENING THAT SMALL
CRAFT CONDITIONS COULD DEVELOP IN THE NORTHWEST INDIANA NEARSHORE
WATERS. OTHERWISE WIND SPEEDS SHOULD REMAIN JUST UNDER CRITERIA. THIS
WILL MAINTAIN A RELATIVELY TIGHT GRADIENT OVER THE LAKE THROUGH
SATURDAY...THEN AS THE LOW MOVES NORTHEAST TOWARDS JAMES BAY EARLY
SUNDAY THE GRADIENT SHOULD BRIEFLY DIMINISH. THEN THE FOCUS TURNS
TOWARDS SUNDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING AS A STRONG RIDGE OF HIGH
PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO SLIDE SOUTH FROM THE CANADIAN ROCKIES INTO
THE NORHTERN PLAINS. THIS IS EXPECTED TO REDEVELOP THE TIGHT
GRADIENT OVER THE LAKE AND MAY PUSH WIND GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT. AT
THIS TIME GUIDANCE HAS NOT SUGGESTED ANYTHING STRONGER FOR MONDAY.
HIGH PRESSURE THEN QUICKLY SLIDES ACROSS THE LAKE MONDAY
NIGHT/EARLY TUESDAY. THEN LATER ON TUESDAY AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES
EAST...A TIGHT GRADIENT RETURNS AND COULD BE STRONG ENOUGH TO
PRODUCE GALES ACROSS THE CENTRAL/NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE LAKE
TUESDAY EVENING. WINDS SHUD SLOWLY DIMINISH WEDNESDAY NGT INTO
EARLY THURSDAY...ALTHOUGH GUIDANCE THEN INDICATES ANOTHER INCREASE
TO THE WINDS MAY OCCUR LATER IN THE WEEK.

BEACHLER

&&

.LOT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IL...NONE.
IN...NONE.
LM...NONE.
&&

$$

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