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Chicago is out of the woods for severe weather, hours after a severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service, but there's still plenty of rain on tap.
The overnight warning was issued for the area as a line of powerful storms marched toward the city from the western suburbs. Earlier in the evening, the same storm system hit the Peoria area with massive amounts of hail and 60 mph winds. Lightning struck homes in Chicago and Peoria.
Periods of showers and thunderstorms continued through the night. The possibility for scattered showers and storms persists Tuesday, especially in southern counties and northwest Indiana, as conditions turn humid and warm with highs in the mid-80s.
Models indicate the area's overnight storms stabilized the atmosphere, taking us out of severe-risk territory. Showers are still expected in the late afternoon and evening hours.
The rain continues for much of the week. A few thunderstorms are possible Wednesday morning and in the afternoon, marking the beginning of a cooling trend. Temperatures could fall up to 30 degrees by Thursday. Expected highs are in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Showers again are expected in the morning.
The week dries out with cool, unseasonable temps in the low 60s. That trend continues through the weekend before warming to the low 70s.
If you're participating in Sunday's Bike the Drive in Chicago, watch the weather. Another round of showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected.