CHICAGO — Severe storms moved through the Chicago area Wednesday morning and more may be on the way later overnight.
Tom Skilling says rough and early estimates have storms hitting the following areas at the following time:
- Wisconsin/Illinois line area around 11 p.m. or midnight
- Chicago and near suburbs between midnight and 5 a.m.
- Southern suburbs and northwest Indiana around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.
Storms have potentially damaging wind gusts, downpours and hail. Up to 70 or 80% of the area may see rain before morning.
The National Storm Prediction Center has the bullseye for a Moderate Risk of severe storms over Wisconsin with northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana in an Enhanced/Slight Risk for severe storms. More details and full forecast analyst on the WGN Weather Center blog.
Severe weather alerts were issued throughout the early morning. Heavy rains and winds caused damaged throughout the Chicago area. Tom Skilling details rain totals here.
Skilling: It’s Derecho Season
Skilling also says sit smack dab in the most climatologically favored period of the year for derechos here in the Midwest –those fast-moving, damaging squall lines which, fully-developed, can cover hundreds of miles. It’s a fact which, given the severe weather parameters being generated by models over at least a portion of the region Wednesday night and makes this a situation we’re monitoring carefully.
For the latest weather updates, visit wgntv.com/weather.
Showers and storms set to last into early Thursday then a mix of sun and clouds. Thursday will turn breezy, cooler and the humidity will lessen. A Beach Hazards Statement is in effect Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. Large waves and rip currents possible in Lake Michigan.
Friday will see a good deal of sunshine with cooler air and low humidities. Saturday will be sunny and warmer and more humid. Chance of scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms.