Chicago Forecast

Chicago Area Prepares for Potentially Strong Storms Saturday

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has most of the area in the lower end marginal risk category for a few possible isolated strong storms

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As a cold front moves through the area over the next 24 hours, northeastern Illinois could see scattered showers and a few isolated severe thunderstorms on Saturday.

After a partly-to-mostly sunny start to the day Saturday, a cold front will slowly begin working its way toward the Chicago area, bringing the threat of showers and storms to the region.

Temperatures will remain warm and conditions will remain moderately humid with highs in the mid to upper 80s, according to forecast models.

That humidity and warmth will help to fuel thunderstorms moving into the region, with the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center putting most of the area under a "marginal" risk for severe weather on Saturday. That is the lowest level on a five-level scale used by the weather service.

The main concern for the area is wind gusts up to 50 mph, small hail and frequent lightning, along with occasional downpours.

Sunday should bring more sunshine and lower humidity to the region, with temperatures remaining in the mid-to-upper 80s. Temperatures will cool more heading into the new work week, with seasonable temps in the upper-70s to low-80s expected Monday.

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