Large Hail, Damaging Winds: Strong Storms Possible in Chicago Area Thursday

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2019-05-16 12:39:05

The Chicago area is set to see some thunderstorms Thursday, some of which could become severe, bringing a threat for hail, high winds and potentially flooding.

The entire metro area is under the “slight risk” category of severe weather Thursday, meaning scattered severe storms will be possible.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Kendall, DeKalb and Kane Counties just after 11:30 a.m. It remains in effect until 12:15 p.m. The alert warned of 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail. 

The first round of scattered thunderstorms began moving into far northern Illinois during the late-morning hours Thursday, though a severe weather threat was not initially expected. 

This system is expected to move south across the area heading into the afternoon and possibly into the evening commute, particularly for areas south of Chicago. 

Scattered storms could potentially redevelop later in the evening. If that happens, these slow-moving storms have the potential to become severe, with large, golf ball-sized hail, damaging winds of up to 60 mph and heavy rain being the biggest threats. 

This marks the start of what will likely be an active weather pattern heading into the weekend.

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There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms Friday, Saturday and Sunday as highs remain in the mid and upper 70s.

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