Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for northern Illinois counties

CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 2 a.m. CT Tuesday for several counties in north central and northeast Illinois, as well as counties in southern Wisconsin.

The watch does not include the immediate Chicago area but does cover areas west of the city.

This includes Boone, DeKalb, Ogle and Winnebago counties in north central Illinois, and Kane and McHenry counties in northeast Illinois. This includes the cities of Aurora, DeKalb, and Oregon.

According to the National Weather Service, primary threats from the storm include isolated very large hail of up to 2 inches in diameter, isolated damaging wind gusts of up to 70 mph,  and advise residents to be on the lookout for hazardous conditions.

According to the NWS:

The system will continue east-southeastward this evening across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, favoring a west/northeast-east/southeast-oriented boundary across the region.