While the day is starting off warm, with highs expected to reach near 80 degrees, showers and thunderstorms began moving into Illinois across the Wisconsin state line around 10:15 a.m., moving south toward Chicago.
Thunderstorms, heavy rain, some hail, and strong winds have been reported in that line of storms, but nothing that would be considered severe, and has not prompted any storm watches or warnings.
The system is moving south around 40 mph, and should clear from the Chicago area by around 2 or 3 p.m.
Another round of storms could bring severe weather this evening. The main threats likely will be strong winds, damaging hail, and heavy rain. There won’t be much of a tornado threat.
Today’s storms could be just the first of what might be an active period of weather through the weekend, with more showers and storms possible on and off on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The storms also will usher in cooler weather on Friday, with highs in the low 50s, before warming up into the low 80s on Saturday, and the high 60s on Sunday.