Tornado Watch Issued for Northern Illinois As Severe Threat Looms

Tornado Watch Issued for Northern Illinois As Severe Threat Looms

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Chicago area until 8 p.m. McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will and Kankakee counties are all impacted by the watch, as the Chicago area could potentially see severe thunderstorms during the afternoon hours. Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana are also listed on the watch. The National Weather Service has also issued a tornado watch for Kenosha County in southeast Wisconsin until 8 p.m. Scattered ping pong ball-sized hail is also possible, along with wind gusts of up to 70 mph, according to forecast models. According to the National Weather Service, most of northern Illinois is under an "enhanced” risk of severe weather for Saturday, with the far eastern portions of Cook, Will and Kankakee counties under a "slight" risk of severe storms. Those storms are expected to bring intense lightning, and there is a moderate risk of heavy rains, flooding, damaging winds and large hail. Those storms are expected to begin developing in the early afternoon hours, with partly-to-mostly cloudy skies preceding their arrival. Areas of patchy fog are also possible in the morning hours before it burns off by the noon hour. High temperatures in the city are expected to reach the mid-70s, with cooler conditions along Lake Michigan. In the suburbs temperatures could rise into the high-70s and even into the low-80s before rain showers begin developing in the western suburbs just after 1 p.m. Those showers will move through the Chicago ...
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