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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
606 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday)
ISSUED AT 313 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

Through the day today, southeast and east parts of central IL have
had some clearing. central and northern sections remain overcast.
Expect cloud development to come back in with next system coming
up from the south into the OH valley. This will bring chance of
pcpn into the southeast half of the region overnight. Toward
morning, temperatures will be near freezing in the north central
areas briefly, and so will be slight chance of freezing rain.
Amounts though will be very light.

Still expect chance of patchy dense fog developing overnight with
ample moisture over region.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Monday)
ISSUED AT 313 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

High pressure building into Illinois from the Plains Tuesday night
will provide continued clearing of low clouds from west to east
during the evening, along with some colder air. However, high cirrus
clouds will begin advancing northward into Illinois late Tuesday
night as a wave of energy and moisture advance from the Plains
toward Illinois. The 12z models have continued the downward trend in
forcing for precipitation and moisture content Wednesday afternoon
and night. The only model that shows any measurable precipitation in
our area is the Canadian, and that is only south of I-72 Wed
afternoon and evening. The GFS, NAM, and ECMWF all keep
precipitation south and north of our area. If any precipitation
develops, there appears to be enough cold air in place to keep it as
primarily snow. The chances in the grids were dropped to just slight
chances /20%/ with the latest update, so little to no measurable
snow is expected with that wave Wed afternoon/Wed evening.

Much colder air arriving with the Canadian surface high Wed night
and Thursday will provide several days of below normal temperatures,
along with dry conditions to close out the week. Low temps will drop
into the teens for three nights from Wed night through Friday night,
with wind chills dipping into the single digits each night. Wind
chills late Wed night may even drop below zero from Peoria to
Galesburg and north.

A system is taking aim on the area next weekend. The progressive GFS
and Canadian bring the system through earlier than the ECMWF,
starting precip on Saturday, and are more aggressive with precip
development. The EC takes most of the energy north of our
forecast area on Sunday and Sunday night, with the bulk of its
precip development delayed until a cold front stalls across
Illinois Sunday night into Monday.

With the timing differences, PoPs in the blended extended cover from
Saturday afternoon through Monday, but the actual event will likely
be contained in one 12-18 hour period. Enough warm air is projected
to arrive ahead of that system for some of the precip to fall as
rain, especially south of I-74. High temps are expected to climb
into the mid 30s to low 40s for Sunday and Monday.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Tuesday evening)
Issued at 600 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

Plenty of low level moisture trapped below a strong inversion in
central Illinois will keep the low clouds and fog in the forecast
through the night. IFR ceilings from MQB-PIA-BMI are expected to
gradually expand across the rest of central and eastern Illinois
toward the 05-07z timeframe. This should be accompanied by
visibility dropping at or below 1/2 mile at all of the central IL
TAF sites toward 09-11z as the wind drops below 5 knots ahead of
an advancing cold front.

The cold front is expected to pass through central IL in the
13-16z range Tuesday morning. This will eventually increase the
wind and mix the lower atmosphere, allowing the fog and stratus to
dissipate. Lingering broken ceilings at MVFR levels can be
expected from the late morning into much of the afternoon.

&&

.ILX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Goetsch
LONG TERM...Shimon
AVIATION...Miller



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