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FXUS63 KILX 270144

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
844 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017

Issued at 832 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017

The upper low that produced the gloomy weather today was edging
slowly away from central Illinois this evening. Weak high pressure
was tracking across the state this evening and will be east of our
area by morning. The next storm system, already producing a complex
of severe storms over the Southern Plains this evening, will track
northeast towards the Ohio Valley on Monday bringing another round
of showers and thunderstorms to the area on Monday. Based on the
present movement of the precipitation to our southwest this evening,
it appears the leading edge of the showers will be approaching west
central Illinois by dawn, and then overspreading the entire area
during the morning. Current indications suggest the surface low
will track across southern Illinois, which should keep the warm
sector and severe threat along and mainly south of the I-70
corridor Monday afternoon and early evening. Will see if this
track holds with the 00z model runs this evening.

Extensive cloud cover across the state in the wake of the upper
system should hold through the night, especially across the
north, but the last few runs of the Rapid Refresh model suggests
some breaks in the clouds may develop late tonight along the I-72
corridor, which may lead to a bit more fog down in that area then
currently indicated. Have made some adjustments to the weather
grids across our central and southern counties to take into
account the possibility for some patchy fog late tonight,
otherwise, the rest of the forecast is in good shape. We should
have the update out by 900 pm.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday)
ISSUED AT 235 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017

Vertically stacked low has moved into the northern third of Illinois
this afternoon. Still some lingering very light rain showers
scooting across the northern half of the forecast area, but they
will continue to diminish, and will go with a dry forecast for the

The next storm system is seen clearly on latest water vapor imagery,
entering southwest Kansas, and this will make a more rapid trek
northeast once our current storm system lifts across Michigan this
evening. Most of the guidance continues to favor a surface low track
more across the southern third of Illinois, although the NAM is a
little further north into the middle of the state. A few showers
ahead of this system may reach the far southwest CWA before sunrise,
with the bulk of the rain overspreading the forecast area during the
morning hours. Areas along and south of I-70 stand the best chances
of seeing any thunder, but a few stray lightning strikes possible as
far north as Springfield and Bloomington. Mildest temperatures will
be over the southeast CWA which stand a better chance of getting on
the edge of the warm sector, and highs 65-70 are expected there. The
northwest CWA should only reach the mid-upper 50s due to the more
persistent flow through the period.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Sunday)
ISSUED AT 235 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017

Low pressure will be moving ENE out of the state Monday evening with
with the trough axis progged to be roughly along I-57 at 7 p.m. As a
result, showers and thunderstorms will be tapering off during the
evening with just a slight chance of lingering showers after
midnight near the Indiana state line.

High pressure for Tuesday and Tuesday night should produce dry
conditions before moist warm advection ahead of a low advancing
through Oklahoma initiates a chance of showers over west central IL
Wednesday afternoon. This should spread across the state Wednesday
night. Although some track uncertainty remains...12Z models seem to
be converging on the low tracking through southern IL Thursday
evening. This would likely bring a chance of thunderstorms as far
north as the I-72 corridor for late Thursday morning to Thursday
evening. Showers should continue Thursday night before tapering off
west to east on Friday.

Saturday looks largely dry before some potential for rain develops
Sunday in warm advection ahead of the next system over the south
central U.S.

Temperatures should be mild and a few degrees above normal for most
of the forecast period. Highs Tuesday through Sunday ranging from
the mid 50s in Galesburg to the low 60s in Lawrenceville. Lows upper
30s to lower 40s in Galesburg ranging up to primarily mid and upper
40s in Lawrenceville.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Monday evening)
Issued at 604 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017

Weak high pressure across the lower Great Lakes will keep
the weather quiet through tonight before another storm
system tracks to our south tomorrow afternoon and evening
bringing the threat for showers and isolated TSRA to the
TAF sites. MVFR and local IFR cigs/vsbys will continue through
tonight based on the latest forecast soundings with some
improvement to low VFR cigs possible in our southern TAF sites
by 12z Monday, but that looks to be a temporary improvement.
Rain will approach our western areas by 12z as well as the storm
system starts to shift towards the Midwest. With the storm
expected to remain south of the TAF sites on Monday, MVFR with
occasional IFR conditions are expected thru most of the day along
with the shower and thunderstorm threat. Winds tonight will be
variable in direction at 5 kts or less and then will become
easterly at 10 to 15 kts on Monday.




SHORT TERM...Geelhart
AVIATION...Smith is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.