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Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Issued in Several Chicago-Area Counties

Intense thunderstorms could develop into severe weather, bringing the possibility of destructive winds, damaging hail, lightning and heavy downpours in the evening

Several Chicago-area counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch as fierce winds and heavy downpours remain possible through Monday morning.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle and Will counties until 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Damaging winds and large hail are expected to pair with heavy rainfall, heightening the threat of severe weather, the NBC 5 Storm Team said. According to the Storm Prediction Center, the Chicago area is at a “marginal risk” of severe weather, the lowest of five potential alert levels on the SPC scale.

The threat of organized thunderstorms is heavily concentrated in the far southwest region of the area, which is at a "slight" risk of severe weather, according to the SPC. The downpours are expected to hit hard across areas south of Interstate 88, the NWS said.

Central Illinois stands at an elevated "enhanced" risk of severe weather, with a tornado or two possible, according to the NWS. The NWS noted that there is still uncertainly in how the conditions will unfold throughout the night, urging residents in the area to stay updated on the forecasts as they develop.

Thunderstorms will likely continue to linger over overnight and spill into the early hours of Monday in the Chicago area.

Clouds will remain on the forecast afternoon Monday, but temperatures should to climb back up to a high of 78.

Primarily warm, quiet conditions are expected for the rest of the week, though a slight chance of showers may be in store Tuesday.

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