Clearing over most of the area after showers/thunderstorms move off to the east

Update 7:15PM CDT…

Skies have cleared over the Chicago area early this evening, as the bands of showers and thunderstorms have weakened and moved off to the east. An isolated shower or two is still possible in northernmost sections close to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, but clear skies should dominate tonight as cooler, drier air flows into our area on the wings of gusty west-southwest winds.

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Bands of thunderstorms have developed with individual storms moving northeast at about 45 mph across the Chicago area late this Monday afternoon. Hail generally a half-inch diameter or less has been observed along with brief downpours and gusty winds. Back to the west another line of showers and thunderstorms will be approaching the Interstate-39 corridor by 5PM CDT and will continue moving east into the immediate Chicago area between 6 and 7PM CDT.

Current weather radar mosaic…

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