Weekend Storms Expected to Hit Chicago Area

A band of severe thunderstorms began moving into parts of northern Illinois Saturday morning

More storms are headed for the Chicago area this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The potential for more storms to develop across the Chicago area returns in the evening hours Saturday, particularly for areas north of Chicago.

Thunderstorms are likely overnight and into Sunday morning. While the potential for isolated patches of severe weather continues, the threat is expected to diminish heading into the morning hours, the NWS reports.

Temperature highs will fall into the 60s for some areas Sunday, marking the start of a cool down for the area.

The soggy weather is expected to return Sunday afternoon and evening, becoming heavy at times and bringing the potential for more than an inch of rain.

Monday morning stays damp with temperatures dropping into the 40s, potentially turning some raindrops into snowflakes.

Things stay chilly Monday and Tuesday but start to warm back up near 50 later in the week.

Rain with potentially high winds and hail hit the Chicago area Saturday morning as the area experienced temperature highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

A band of severe thunderstorms began moving into parts of northern Illinois Saturday morning, sparking Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in Boone, DeKalb, Kane, McHenry, Lake, Cook and Winnebago counties.

The alert, which was in effect until noon Saturday for several counties, warned of wind gusts of up to 60 mph and “half dollar-size hail.”

Several suburban areas, including Palatine, Harvard, Barrington, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, Algonquin and others, reported hail ranging from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, sunny skies and temps in the 70s had residents flocking to the beach and enjoying the outdoors.

"Got to take advantage of it while we can," Tracey Rubinoff said while on a walk on North Avenue beach with her friends. "It has been a very long time. It's great to have the sun out again."

From sun bathing to a game of "spike ball" residents said Saturday's weather was much needed after a brutal winter.

"The never ending winter is over," said Joel Malchuk. "This is nice. We've got to take advantage of days like this."

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