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Displaying AFOS PIL: AFDIWX Received: 2018-02-14 17:21 UTC

FXUS63 KIWX 141721

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
1221 PM EST Wed Feb 14 2018

Issued at 241 AM EST Wed Feb 14 2018

Warmer, more moist, air will stream northward into the region
later today into Thursday with chances for rain, drizzle and fog.
Highs will reach the 40s today and the upper 40s to mid 50s on
Thursday. Locations southeast of Route 24 on Thursday in east-
central Indiana and northwest Ohio could see highs near 60 degrees. 
This will followed by a brief shot of cooler and drier weather 
Friday into Saturday. The pattern next week looks occasionally wet 
and mild. 


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
Issued at 241 AM EST Wed Feb 14 2018

A return flow of warmer/moist low level air over an extensive snow 
pack (at least northern half of forecast area) will overspread today 
into tonight. This will set the stage for a low stratus deck to 
build northward this period. Moisture profile overall looks 
relatively shallow suggesting more of a fog/drizzle scenario at best 
in most locations, save for areas southeast of US 24 this 
afternoon/evening as some slightly deeper moisture potentially 
supports more organized rain shower activity. A nice day otherwise 
today with temps trending above freezing.


.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday)
Issued at 241 AM EST Wed Feb 14 2018

A milder/active pattern looks to settle in for the second half of 
February as the local area becomes entrenched in moist wsw deep 
layered flow in advance of a mean Western US upper trough. Frontal 
wave still on tap for a period of rain Thursday aftn/eve and have 
held with high PoPs, though higher rainfall totals amid more robust 
moisture convergence expected south toward the Ohio River. Transient 
shot of cool/seasonable air then into Friday/Saturday in a split 
flow configuration. Will have to watch later Saturday/Saturday night 
for a period of lighter snow if trailing energy isn't sheared to 
pieces. Added chance PoPs given model trends, though no real 
confidence in any solutions at this point.

The early-mid portions of next week continue to be the most 
intriguing periods of the forecast as southeast US ridging amplifies 
in response to renewed Western US troughing. A high moisture GOM 
airmass will interact with a developing baroclinic zone in between 
these features from the Southern Plains northeast into the Ohio 
Valley and Great Lakes. Slow moving nature and ample moisture into 
the boundary does hint at a heavy rain/flooding threat somewhere 
across the Midwest/Great Lakes, though details (location/timing of
heavier QPF) obviously unknown at this fcst range. 


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday Afternoon)
Issued at 1215 PM EST Wed Feb 14 2018

Afternoon VFR conditions will deteriorate down to IFR and at times
LIFR during the period. Stratus/Fog currently south of terminals
will move north this afternoon dropping both visibility and 
ceilings over the terminals. Dense fog likely especially at KSBN
this evening with warm moist air rising over a significant
snowpack. Kept visibility higher at KFWA due to no snow depth as
of this morning observation. A gradual improvement over KFWA to
MVFR conditions by morning as surface winds increase allowing for
more mixing.




SHORT TERM...Steinwedel
LONG TERM...Steinwedel

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