Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Central Illinois

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
FXUS63 KILX 131545

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
1045 AM CDT Sun Apr 13 2014

ISSUED 1045 AM CDT Sun Apr 13 2014

Will update the forecast to have higher chances of showers and
thunderstorms further east into central IL today as area of
showers and a few thunderstorms already covering areas west of
I-57 and from I-74 sw. SPC expanded slight risk of severe
thunderstorms this afternoon and evening to areas west of I-57.
Southeast IL se of I-70 should mostly be dry today. Highs this
afternoon range from around 70 nw of the IL river to the upper 70s
over southeast IL. South winds 15 to 25 mph and gusts of 25 to 35
mph today and strongest over eastern IL. Frontal boundary to stay
nw of central IL into this evening and then cold front to push
east through IL overnight and thru southeast IL early Monday morning.



ISSUED 633 AM CDT Sun Apr 13 2014

A rather challenging forecast for this TAF period. Showers and
thunderstorms expected to increase in coverage across west central
Illinois this morning, but will likely take most of the day to
reach as far east as KCMI. Ceilings currently VFR at all TAF sites
and even as far back as central Missouri, where the rain is moving
in from. Ceiling progs from the RAP and HRRR models showing some
brief lowering into MVFR at times, with forecast soundings
becoming more favorable for this toward mid afternoon as the rain
becomes more widespread, especially KBMI-KSPI westward. There will
be some thunder at times, but still some question as to how
widespread it will be, so will leave VCTS mention for now. A sharp
cold front will be moving across the TAF sites from around 06-10Z,
with winds turning northwest and ceilings falling to IFR range.
Winds expected to become gusty around mid morning, with the
highest gusts this afternoon around 30 knots.



ISSUED 249 AM CDT Sun Apr 13 2014

SHORT TERM...Today through Tuesday

Frontal boundary currently extending from the southern Great Lakes
west-southwestward across Iowa into northern Kansas will serve as
the primary focusing mechanism for convection over the next 24
hours. One round of showers/storms aided by 55 to 60kt LLJ has
lifted into southern Wisconsin/far northern Illinois, while
additional storms are beginning to develop further southwest
around the Kansas City area in advance of an upper short-wave
tracking out of the southern Rockies. As this feature pushes
further eastward, showers and thunderstorms will become more
numerous across the Mississippi River Valley into west-central
Illinois later this morning. Models continue to suggest that the
far E/SE KILX CWA will remain dry throughout the day, so have
confined POPs to locations west of a Danville to Effingham line.
Will be a windy and warm day as well, with southerly winds gusting
to between 30 and 35 mph. Afternoon high temperatures will range
from around 70 west of the Illinois River, to the upper 70s south
of I-70.

As cold front progresses eastward into the region, occasional showers
and thunderstorms are expected across the board tonight. With
strong convergence along the boundary, ample upper support from
the advancing short-wave, and precipitable water values
approaching 1.50, locally heavy rainfall will be likely. Despite
the threat for high rainfall rates within the storms, the risk for
severe weather will be minimal, as strongest instability/low-level
wind shear will remain focused further southwest from the Ozarks
into east Texas.

Cold front will push into Indiana by Monday morning, followed by
windy and sharply colder conditions. High temperatures will occur
during the morning hours, with readings dropping into the upper
30s/lower 40s during the afternoon. Brisk northwesterly winds
gusting to between 25 and 30 mph will make it feel even colder,
with wind-chill values dipping into the upper 20s/lower 30s. In
addition, approaching northern-stream short-wave will keep precip
chances alive despite FROPA. Thermal profiles suggest light rain
showers may mix with snow along/west of I-55 during the afternoon
as 850mb temps drop into the -4 to -8C range. NAM continues to be
the most aggressive in developing snow across central Illinois
late Monday afternoon into Monday evening, while all other models
are much lighter with the QPF within the cold airmass. Given
presence of upper support and adequate moisture profiles, will
carry a chance for snow-showers north of I-70 Monday evening. Any
accumulations will be minor and mainly confined to grassy surfaces
after dark. Once this wave passes, skies will gradually clear from
west to east overnight, allowing lows to drop below freezing.

LONG TERM...Wednesday through Saturday

After cold and dry conditions on Tuesday with highs only reaching
the 40s, rising upper heights will allow temperatures to warm back
into the 60s by Thursday. Next system of interest is beginning to
come into better focus, with the 00z Apr 13 ECMWF coming into
better agreement with prior runs of the GFS. Both models now bring
an upper wave and its associated frontal boundary into central
Illinois on Friday. Despite decent upper dynamics, instability
appears meager with this system, so will not mention thunder at
this time. Will bring chance POPs for showers into the western
half of the CWA Thursday night, then everywhere on Friday. After
that, a return to dry weather and near normal temperatures in the
60s can be expected for Saturday.





$$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.