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FXUS63 KILX 201935

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
235 PM CDT Sun Apr 20 2014

ISSUED 235 PM CDT Sun Apr 20 2014

Another pleasantly mild day continues to unfold across central and
southeast Illinois. As expected, temperatures are a little warmer
than yesterday thanks to increasing southerly flow in advance of a
developing storm system in the plains. Main forecast concerns today
revolve around shower/storm chances tomorrow with the passage of
the plains system, as well as with a stronger system for Thursday.

SHORT TERM...Tonight through Wednesday:

The approaching plains system is still expected to produce showers
and a few thunderstorms as it passes through Monday into Monday
night. However, it will not be a significant system in terms of
precipitation amounts or storm intensity.

The forcing with this system will come courtesy of loosely phased
northern/southern stream waves, but the more vigorous forcing with
these features should stay north/south respectively of the
forecast area. In addition, only modest instability (CAPE values
AOB 1000 j/kg), and weak bulk shear (less than 20 kts) are

The precipitation threat will come to an end fairly quickly Monday
night as the system pushes east of the area. Quiet weather and more
seasonable temperatures (highs in the 60s) will accompany the
upper/surface ridging that will build in behind the system into

LONG TERM...Wednesday night through Sunday:

The next, more vigorous, system is still on track to bring
showers/storms to the area for Thursday into Thursday night, mostly
associated with the passage of the system`s cold front. However,
can`t rule out a stray shower or storm in the pre-system warm
advection regime as early as Wednesday or Wednesday night. However,
most of this precipitation should occur north of the forecast area.

After a brief surge of warmer air ahead of Thursday`s system,
temperatures will cool back to normal levels, possibly colder, for
the weekend. Model agreement and run-to-run consistency with the
overall weather pattern for the weekend is not very good. While
they generally agree on a cooler trend, they don`t agree with how
quickly we get there. The timing differences are also reflected in
how quickly precipitation chances return. The ECMWF has been most
aggressive by far with the arrival of the cooler air and wetter
conditions, although the latest GFS has trended closer to the
ECMWF. Plan to keep PoPs on the lower side, and temperatures a bit
more moderate, until a better model consensus is reached.


ISSUED 1221 PM CDT Sun Apr 20 2014

VFR conditions on tap through the period. A bit of gustiness
expected along the Illinois River this afternoon affecting KPIA,
due to tightening pressure gradient to the west, but this should
subside this evening. Mainly high clouds on tap through sunrise.
After that, a lowering of ceilings is expected as a storm system
approaches from the west. Some of the models are suggesting some
scattered showers by late morning, but will keep the TAFs dry for
now as the forecast soundings are still rather dry below 5000 ft.



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