Don't be fooled by the morning sunshine this Memorial Day - stormy weather is headed for the Chicagoa area.
With two waves of storms expected Monday, residents will want to stay alert as storms that do develop could become severe.
The area sits under an “enhanced” risk for severe weather throughout the day.
A Tornado Watch was issued for nearly all of the Chicago area until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The first wave of storms was expected to move in during the late-morning and early-afternoon hours as a system approaches from the west. Showers and isolated storms were possible.
A second wave is expected to move in later in the afternoon, bringing more numerous storms across the Chicago area. The biggest threat for severe weather will be between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to Storm Team meteorologists.
Any severe storms that develop in this system could bring half dollar-sized hail, wind gusts of up to 70 mph, torrential downpours, lightning and possibly even tornadoes.
The storms are expected to weaken by around midnight.
Temperature highs will vary greatly depending on location Monday. Along the lakefront, highs will sit in the mid to upper 50s, but inland temperatures will reach into the 70s. Some locations south of Interstate 80 could see temps in the 80s.
Another round of potentially severe evening storms will be possible Tuesday.