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FXUS63 KILX 261936

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

.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 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon)
Issued at 1229 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2017

No real significant periods of ceilings in the VFR range over the
next 24 hours, as low level moisture remains in place from the
departing system, and another quickly replaces it from the
southwest. Southern edge of the cloud shield may scrape areas
around KSPI/KDEC late afternoon or early evening, but chances
right now appear low enough to not mention in the TAF`s at this
point. MVFR conditions will prevail through a good part of the
evening, with IFR ceilings near KPIA for a couple more hours at
the start of the period. As an area of rain moves northeast
overnight, ceilings expected to fall below 1000 feet and should
encompass all of central Illinois by mid morning Monday.




SHORT TERM...Geelhart
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