Large Hail, Damaging Winds: Strong Storms Possible in Chicago Area Thursday
The Chicago area is set to see some thunderstorms Thursday, some of which could become severe, bringing a threat for hail, high winds and potentially flooding.
The entire metro area is under the “slight risk” category of severe weather Thursday, meaning scattered severe storms will be possible.
The first round of scattered thunderstorms could move into far northern Illinois during the late-morning and early-afternoon hours Thursday, though a severe weather threat is not expected with these.
Scattered storms could potentially redevelop during the early- and mid-evening hours. If that happens, these slow-moving storms have the potential to become severe, with large, golf ball-sized hail, damaging winds of up to 60 mph and heavy rain being the biggest threats.
The severe threat will peak between 6 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
This marks the start of what will likely be an active weather pattern heading into the weekend.
There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms Friday, Saturday and Sunday as highs remain in the mid and upper 70s.