Tom Skilling and the WGN Weather Team tracked several tornado watches and warnings as storms moved through Chicagoland Friday evening.
A tornado watch has been issued for La Porte County, Indiana, until 2 a.m. Saturday.
Flash Flood Warnings have also been issued for Cook, DuPage and Lake County, Illinois until 11 p.m. Friday.
A wind advisory has been issued for Cook, DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, LaPorte, Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois until 3 p.m. Saturday.
The wind advisory is in effect for Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter counties in Indiana until 3 p.m. Saturday.
Previous forecast below.
Two rounds of storms were forecasted between the hours of 3 to 10 p.m. Friday.
The first round was set to move into the Chicago area around 4 p.m. as super cell thunderstorms. These storms pose a tornado threat and a golf-ball sized hail threat.
A cold front then moves through around 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., bringing another round of very quickly moving severe weather. These storms also pose the threat of tornadoes. The storms are likely to move through at a rate of 50-60 mph so any tornado warnings will be quick and offer not much time. It’s advised that residents be prepared in advanced and stay tuned to WGNTV and the weather app for alerts and updates.
Tom Skilling also suggests anyone with any porch furniture or outdoor items susceptible to strong wings should bring them inside.
These storms are set to bring potentially dangerous and destructive winds with gusts up to and possibly exceeding 75 mph. This wind event has the potential to cause structural damage and also spin up tornadoes.
The storms are forecasted to remain in the Chicago area until after 10 p.m. then move out and towards Northwest Indiana and Lake Michigan around 10:30 p.m.
Strong wind gusts will remain.
A Wind Advisory has been issued from 3 p.m. CDT Friday to 1 p.m. CDT Saturday for Will, Grundy, Kankakee, La Salle counties in Illinois and Newton and Jasper counties in Illinois.
Saturday will be mostly cloudy, very windy and colder. Some rain or possible mixed rain and snow showers is likely. It will be very windy. Wind gusts may 50 mph at times. High of 44 but falling into the mid to upper 30s.
Sunday things calm down and warm up some. Partly sunny, becoming windy and noticeably milder by afternoon. Wind gusts to 40 mph then. High 59.
Looking ahead to next week, the active weather pattern continues with another large, windy spring storm likely to sweep in Tuesday or Wednesday. More showers and thunderstorms and a return to 60-plus-degree warmth is likely.
Stay with WGN as this story develops.