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FXUS63 KILX 241800
AFDILX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
100 PM CDT FRI APR 24 2015

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 1000 AM CDT FRI APR 24 2015

UPDATED THE FORECAST EARLIER THIS MORNING TO REMOVE THE FROST
AND FREEZE HEADLINES THAT EXPIRED AT 8 AM. OTHERWISE FORECAST
GENERALLY LOOKS ON TRACK TODAY WITH JUST A FEW ADJUSTMENTS TO
HOURLY WEATHER ELEMENTS ESPECIALLY SKY COVER AS MID LEVEL CLOUDS
MOVING IN A BIT QUICKER THIS MORNING. LATEST MODEL RUNS CONTINUE
TO KEEP MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST IL DRY THROUGH THIS
AFTERNOON UPPER UPPER LEVEL RIDGE HOLDING OVER IL WITH JUST CHANCE
OF SPRINKLES WESTERN AREAS THIS AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S
WITH AREAS ALONG THE WABASH RIVER NEAR 65F WHERE MORE SUNSHINE
THIS MORNING IN EASTERN IL. MID LEVEL CLOUDS HAVE SPREAD EAST
TOWARD I-57 LATE THIS MORNING AND TO OVERSPREAD EASTERN IL DURING
MIDDAY. SOUTHEAST WINDS 8-15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH BY
THIS AFTERNOON.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY)
ISSUED AT 322 AM CDT FRI APR 24 2015

HIGH PRESSURE WILL SLIDE OFF TO THE EAST TODAY, ALLOWING A
DEVELOPING STORM SYSTEM TO BEGIN TO APPROACH FROM THE WEST.  WHILE
GLOBAL MODELS KEEP PRECIP WEST OF ILLINOIS THROUGHOUT THE DAY,
HIGHER-RES MODELS SUCH AS THE NAM, HRRR, AND 4KM WRF-NMM SUGGEST A
FEW SHOWERS WILL SPREAD INTO AT LEAST THE WESTERN HALF OF THE CWA
DURING THE AFTERNOON.  REMAIN SKEPTICAL ABOUT THIS DUE TO THE VERY
DRY AIRMASS INITIALLY IN PLACE AS SHOWN BY THE 00Z KILX UPPER AIR
SOUNDING.  EVEN MODELS THAT DEVELOP SOME LIGHT PRECIP LATER TODAY
SHOW A SURFACE-BASED DRY LAYER BELOW 800MB. DUE TO THIS PERSISTENT
DRY LAYER, DO NOT THINK MEASURABLE PRECIP WILL OCCUR. HAVE INSTEAD
OPTED TO GO WITH JUST A CHANCE OF SPRINKLES ACROSS THE
CENTRAL/WESTERN ZONES THIS AFTERNOON.  THE DAY WILL START OUT MOSTLY
SUNNY, BUT WILL BECOME OVERCAST BY AFTERNOON AS MID-LEVEL CLOUDS
INCREASE.  AFTER CHILLY EARLY MORNING LOWS IN THE 30S, AFTERNOON
HIGHS WILL REACH THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 60S.

.LONG TERM...(TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 322 AM CDT FRI APR 24 2015

ATMOSPHERIC PROFILE WILL CONTINUE TO MOISTEN FROM THE TOP-DOWN THIS
EVENING, WITH FULL SATURATION NOT BEING ACHIEVED UNTIL AFTER
MIDNIGHT.  HAVE THEREFORE ALTERED THE POPS TONIGHT TO GO WITH CHANCE
DURING THE EVENING, THEN CATEGORICAL OVERNIGHT.  SHOWERS WILL
DEVELOP IN ADVANCE OF AN APPROACHING SURFACE LOW EARLY ON, THEN WILL
BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD AFTER MIDNIGHT AS A WARM FRONT LIFTS
NORTHWARD TOWARD THE AREA.  MODELS ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT THAT THE
LOW WILL BE LOCATED NEAR KANSAS CITY BY 12Z SAT, WITH WARM FRONT
EXTENDING E/SE ACROSS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.  THIS WILL PLACE THE ENTIRE
KILX CWA ON THE COOL/NORTHERN SIDE OF THE STORM SYSTEM.  FORECAST
SOUNDINGS THEREFORE REMAIN QUITE STABLE AT LOW-LEVELS OVERNIGHT, BUT
INDICATE MODEST ELEVATED INSTABILITY WITH MUCAPE VALUES OF 400-
800J/KG. HAVE THEREFORE INCLUDED THUNDER MENTION AFTER MIDNIGHT,
PARTICULARLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE AREA IN CLOSER
PROXIMITY TO THE STRONGEST FORCING ALONG THE WARM FRONT.  SOME OF
THE STORMS COULD BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL AND LOCALLY HEAVY
RAINFALL.  LOW PRESSURE IS THEN EXPECTED TO TRACK E/SE INTO FAR
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS BY SUNDAY EVENING, ENSURING A COOL/WET DAY ACROSS
CENTRAL ILLINOIS.  WILL CONTINUE WITH CATEGORICAL POPS FOR SHOWERS,
WITH BEST CHANCE FOR THUNDER ALONG/SOUTH OF I-70.  A FEW OF THE
STORMS COULD BECOME SEVERE ACROSS THIS AREA SATURDAY AFTERNOON AS
MUCAPES INCREASE TO AROUND 1500J/KG AND 0-6KM SHEAR VALUES REACH
50KT.  STRONGEST INSTABILITY AND SHEAR PROFILES WILL REMAIN JUST
SOUTH OF THE AREA ACROSS FAR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS INTO WESTERN
KENTUCKY WHERE A SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK IS POSSIBLE.

SHOWERS WILL PERSIST INTO SATURDAY NIGHT BEFORE LOW GRADUALLY SHIFTS
SOUTHEASTWARD INTO THE APPALACHIANS BY SUNDAY.  ONCE THIS FEATURE
DEPARTS, THE REMAINDER OF THE EXTENDED LOOKS DRY AS MODELS HAVE NOW
COME INTO VERY GOOD AGREEMENT ABOUT THE NEXT SYSTEM EJECTING OUT OF
THE DESERT SOUTHWEST.  GFS/ECMWF/GEM NOW ALL TAKE THE LOW EASTWARD
ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH, WHILE A NORTHERN STREAM WAVE REMAINS WELL TO
THE NORTH ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST/GREAT LAKES.  CENTRAL ILLINOIS
WILL REMAIN BETWEEN THESE TWO SYSTEMS, RESULTING IN DRY
CONDITIONS AND SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S THROUGH THURSDAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1252 PM CDT FRI APR 24 2015
DETERIORATING CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT AND INTO
TOMORROW MORNING AS A STORM SYSTEM APPROACHES. VFR THROUGH THE
AFTERNOON THEN CIGS COMING DOWN AND VIS DROPPING TO AT LEAST MVFR
THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT AND INTO TOMORROW MORNING...TEMPO TO IFR
WITH THE HEAVIER RAIN TOMORROW MORNING AND ACCOMPANIED BY A
THUNDER THREAT AS THE WARM FRONT MOVES NORTHWARD IN ADVANCE OF THE
APPROACHING LOW.

&&

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

$$

UPDATE...07
SHORT TERM...BARNES
LONG TERM...BARNES
AVIATION...HJS



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