A tornado warning was declared for parts of Cook and Will counties as northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana and eastern Iowa all were under tornado watches Saturday afternoon, the harbinger of a stormy holiday weekend in the Chicago area, with a chance of more flooding and severe thunderstorms.
The tornado warning for south-central Cook and northwest Will county was in effect until 3:45 p.m. as “a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Shorewood, or near Channahon, moving east at 35 mph” a little after 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, severe thunderstorm warnings were declared for parts of Kendall, LaSalle and Grundy counties until 3:15 p.m. and for areas in Kendall, Will and Grundy counties and east of Rockford until 3:30 p.m.
And while a tornado may have touched down briefly in Kendall County, a tornado warning was declared for eastern Woodford and Livingston counties in central Illinois until 2:45 p.m., as a “tornado producing storm” moved through the area. The central Illinois “storm has produced a tornado near I-39, and the threat looks to continue into Livingston County,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet.
The severe thunderstorm warning around Yorkville came after a storm with “60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail” started moving through the area, according to the weather service.
The tornado watch lasts until 8 p.m. Saturday in northern Illinois. By a little before 2 p.m., severe thunderstorms had developed west of Chicago in Ogle County and were moving northeast around 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
Thunderstorms were expected at several points over the weekend, but Saturday was expected to see the worst of it, according to weather service meteorologist Matt Friedlein.
The storms will be scattered and moving a little quicker than storm systems that hit the area earlier this week, but the risk of flooding isn’t expected to be as bad.
“It’s not as elevated of a flooding threat as it was last weekend,” Friedlein said.
Still, there is an isolated risk of some flash flooding in the northern part of the state, including the Chicago area, as well as a threat of possible tornadoes.
Storms should hit Chicago around 3 p.m. Saturday and stay well into the evening, ending around 9 p.m., according to Friedlein.
Temperatures will peak in the mid-60s near the lake but reach the upper 70s farther inland.
That humidity will last through the holiday weekend, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s Sunday and Monday.
There is still a chance of thunderstorms Sunday and Monday, but it will be much more scattered compared with Saturday.
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