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FXUS63 KILX 172112

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
312 PM CST Tue Jan 17 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
ISSUED AT 312 PM CST Tue Jan 17 2017

Very expansive shield of low clouds hanging on tight this afternoon
across the area, with the back edge of the clouds out around Omaha
and Topeka. Forecast soundings are not in too much of a hurry to get
rid of this, with a tight inversion through sunrise, although
lowering down to around 2000 feet by sunrise. NAM and GFS don`t
really show anything breaking through until closer to midday
Wednesday north of I-74, but do show the clouds starting to break
out toward mid-morning across the southwest CWA. Have kept skies
mostly cloudy through the morning, but most of the area should be
seeing some sunshine by afternoon as a ridge of high pressure drifts

With the clouds sticking around tonight, have leaned more toward the
NAM MOS guidance, with lows mainly lower 30s, except mid 30s south
of I-70. Wednesday temperatures will be dependent on how fast the
low clouds break, but mid-upper 40s appear feasible, especially over
the southwest CWA.


.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
ISSUED AT 312 PM CST Tue Jan 17 2017

High pressure moving off to the east will allow moisture to return
to the area just ahead of the next weather system coming out of the
southern plains. This moisture will interact with a
developing/deepening system to bring precipitation to the CWA
beginning Thursday and continuing into Thur night. Models have
shifted the track of this system little further northwest of
previous forecast, moving it across southern and southeast IL. With
the further northwest track and the warmer temps, all precip should
be in the form of rain through the period. Based on this track, also
seeing an increase in MUCAPE in southern IL, so have included schc
of thunder in southeast and eastern IL Thur afternoon through
Thursday night. As the surface trough and 500mb trough move through,
precip chances will continue Friday morning, but then should become
dry for the afternoon as things push off to the east and northeast.

Upper level flow will then become more southwest with an upper level
low pressure area to the west and northwest. This setup will
continue to bring warm air into the region and an isolated threat of
diurnal type precip...for into the weekend. For now, will just keep
small chances in the grids to account for this. The next main threat
of precip will begin Sunday and then increase through Sunday night
and Monday. Models show significant differences as to timing,
location, and intensity of the system so pops are in for more
periods than probably will occur. However, best chances look to be
Sun night and Mon.

Temps will warm rest of the week and into the weekend, with mildest
temps being Saturday when some spots could reach the lower 60s.
After the system on Sunday, temps will cool down a bit, but still
remain above normal for this time of year.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Wednesday afternoon)
Issued at 1124 AM CST Tue Jan 17 2017

Main issue much of the forecast period will be persistence of
IFR/LIFR type ceilings. Large area of 500 foot ceilings covers
much of central Illinois at midday, although some MVFR conditions
not too far south of the KSPI-KCMI corridor. Forecast soundings
showing some potential for ceilings here to lift just above 1,000
feet at times later this afternoon, but with the uncertainty, will
keep the ceilings on the lower end for now. Visibilities have
lifted in most places after the earlier fog, but some potential
for it dropping back down into the 1-3 mile range late tonight.
Some more wholesale improvement in ceilings is possible late in
the period.




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