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FXUS63 KIND 171439

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
1040 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018

Aviation section has been updated below.


Issued at 308 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018

A low pressure system, over northern Missouri, will slide southeast
across the Ohio Valley and Appalachians today. This system will
bring a swath of freezing rain to northeastern sections of central
Indiana this morning. The rest of the area will see rain. Southern
sections could even see a few morning thunderstorms. The rain will
be ending from northwest to southeast this afternoon as the system
moves out.

High pressure will bring a brief end to the precipitation tonight
through Sunday evening. Then, more rain will move in Sunday night
and Monday associated with a Rockies system. The rain will mix with
or change to snow Monday night into Tuesday. Finally, yet another
system will bring rain chances to the area late next week.

Monday and Tuesday will see temperatures rebound into the 50s.
Otherwise, below normal temperatures are on tap through next work


.NEAR TERM /Rest of Today/...
Issued at 954 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018

Area of wintry mix was over northern Indiana and northern Ohio and
at mid morning radar hardly showed any convection across our region.
Satellite and weather depiction also indicated quite a few breaks
in the clouds over east half of our region.  However model soundings
indicate low clouds should thicken by midday.

A surface low over southern Illinois will move east across the Ohio
valley and northern Kentucky this afternoon.   We should see an
increase in showers by early afternoon as the upper low over
southeast Iowa moves our way.  Will lower rain chances a little
today...but still keep most areas in the low chance category.

Dropped mention of thunder over southern sections as nothing
occurring there at this time...and clouds should keep airmass from
becoming that unstable later today.

High temperatures this afternoon will range from upper 30s northeast
to lower 50s far southwest.  Lowered highs a degree or two some
areas... otherwise no significant change made from previous forecast.


.SHORT TERM /Tonight through Monday night/...
Issued at 308 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018

The main focus for the short term will be on timing of the return of
the rain along with mixing potential.

High pressure will build in tonight and allow for a brief break in
the unsettled weather. Should see skies clear from the north which
will allow temperatures to bottom out in the middle 20s north and
lower 30s south per the blend. Then, should see plenty of sunshine
and warmer temperatures on Sunday. Low level thermals and full
sunshine support above normal blend highs in the 50s with high

Then, should start seeing an increase in the cloud cover from
southwest to northeast Sunday night ahead of a Rockies system.
Models hint extreme southwestern parts of the forecast area could
see a rain shower or two toward 12z Monday. Thus, left the small
blend pops in there, but confidence is low.

Confidence is higher that rain will move in from the southwest by
Monday afternoon and even higher Monday night as models agree the
system will be moving over Kentucky. Could also see the rain change
to snow from north to south overnight Monday in the wake of the
system. Blend looks good with the highest PoPs over our southern
half, closer to the low track.


.LONG TERM /Tuesday through Friday/...

Issued at 339 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018

Models have come into better agreement for the long term, pushing
a closed upper low south of its previous forecast track. As a
result, the surface front is also pushed south, and this will keep
the best chances for precipitation south of the forecast area.
While last night`s runs looked relatively wet through Wednesday
night, they now look dry with the southern shift. Temperatures
will run below normal through the long term with the upper low
moving through and reinforcing the eastern U.S. upper trough. High
confidence in the below normal temperatures through the period,
with moderate confidence in mostly dry conditions for most of the
long term. By Friday another system could move in and bring
chances for more widespread precipitation to the area.


.AVIATION /Discussion for 171500z KIND TAF Update/...
Issued at 703 AM EDT Sat Mar 17 2018

Minor tweaks made to KIND TAF to better match current conditions.
No other changes are needed at this time.  Previous aviation
discussion follows.

MVFR ceilings will overspread the sites over the next couple of
hours and hang around through the day, with some indications
they could drop to IFR for a few hours as well. Winds out of 080
to 110 at 7 to 13 kts will shift to 030 to 040 and decrease later
this afternoon and evening. Some guidance shows potential for fog
later tonight, but too much uncertainty to include at this point
given model variability.




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