Much of the Chicago metro area remains parched following storms that skipped past the city to the north and south on Monday. Rainfall during the early morning hours totaled 1/2 to 1 inch along the Wisconsin state line, with locally higher amounts near Richmond and Spring Grove. Rain tapered to the south, with O’Hare airport observing just over a third of an inch, and Romeoville only a trace. The storms to the north spread cool air across the city as they dissipated. As a result, new storms that blossomed in the afternoon aligned south of the area, dousing east central Illinois and northern Indiana. Hail and localized wind damage also occurred with this activity. Elsewhere, a thunderstorm over Colorado produced softball sized hail near Pueblo. Severe weather is expected to stay away from the Chicago area on Tuesday, though showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible.
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