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FXUS63 KILX 110536

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
1136 PM CST Sun Dec 10 2017

Issued at 830 PM CST Sun Dec 10 2017

Winds are decreasing this evening as a surface high pressure ridge
approaches central IL, and as a result winds will be light and
variable overnight. However, by early morning south winds will
already be developing as a low pressure system rapidly approaches
from the upper Midwest. Winds will become breezy, 10 to 15 mph
with higher gusts during the morning and early afternoon. Clouds
will also be on the increase toward morning as a result of the
approaching low. The current forecast looks on track, so no
significant updates are needed this evening.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday)
ISSUED AT 305 PM CST Sun Dec 10 2017

A band of mid and high clouds quickly exited southeast IL early
this afternoon leaving ample sunshine this afternoon over CWA.
Some more cirrus clouds are streaming se from IA into nw IL while
stratocumulus cloud desk was along and north of I-88. A frontal
boundary had pushed se toward I-72 at mid afternoon with breezy sw
winds gusting 20-30 mph ahead of it turning west to nw behind it.
Milder temperatures this afternoon ranged from 39-45F.

A clipper system/short wave over WI will dive se across the Great
Lakes tonight and keep its light precipitation and brunt of its
low clouds ne of central IL. Lows tonight in the low to mid 20s.
A stronger short wave/clipper system along the central Alberta and
Saskatchewan province line will dive se into the Midwest by
Monday afternoon. This will increase clouds over the area later
tonight and Monday. Highs Monday range from lower 40s from I-74 ne
to the upper 40s to near 50F sw CWA. Isolated light rain showers
possible north of Peoria over mainly Knox, Stark and Marshall
counties Mon afternoon. Another cold front to pass east across CWA
during Monday afternoon, and thru southeast IL early Monday

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Sunday)
ISSUED AT 305 PM CST Sun Dec 10 2017

Brunt of this clipper`s precipitation to pass ne of CWA Monday
afternoon and Monday evening, though did continue chances of
sprinkles and flurries ne CWA Monday evening. Brisk nw winds usher
in colder air during Monday night. Lows in the upper teens north
of Peoria and mid 20s in southeast IL. Brisk nw winds continue on
Tue with partly to mostly sunny skies, and colder highs in the
upper 20s and lower 30s.

Models differ with handling the short wave/clipper around Wed as
it dives se over the Midwest. GFS model keeps our area dry on Wed
while GEM model has some qpf over area Tue night while ECMWF model
has qpf on Wed afternoon. Due to model differences between each
other and from previous runs, sided with consensus which is
keeping us dry from Tue thru Wed night. A cold night Tue night
with lows 15-21F. Highs Wed in the mid to upper 30s, with
areas from Springfield sw around 40F.

GFS and GEM models are stronger with upper level trof over area and
has qpf over area on Thu along while Ecmwf is weaker with this
trof and dry. Consensus of model just has slight pops in Wabash
river valley Thu afternoon while most of CWA is dry which we
followed. Highs Thu again in the mid to upper 30s. Upper level
trof lingering over Ohio river valley Fri morning finally appears
to pull away from IL for the weekend with moderating temperatures.
Highs in the upper 30s to around 40F Fri, climb into the mid 40s
to around 50F on Saturday and Sunday. GEM model is odd model that
has qpf over part of CWA Sat and Sat evening while ECMWF and GFS
models are dry and sided in that direction.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Monday night)
Issued at 1136 PM CST Sun Dec 10 2017

VFR conditions expected until around 00Z Tuesday, then MVFR cigs
and a few -shra/-shsn possible as a low pressure system crosses
the area. Winds light and variable overnight tonight as a high
pressure ridge axis crosses over central IL and moves east,
followed by increasing south wind as low pressure approaches.
Winds expected to increase to 10-15 kts with gusts to around 20
kts after 18z Monday. Winds shifting to NW around 00Z and
remaining brisk...around 15 kts.




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