While the Chicago area saw some showers in the afternoon hours on Saturday, the threat of potentially severe weather continues well into the nighttime hours and into Sunday morning.
In the early afternoon Saturday, a series of severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Kankakee and Iroquois counties in Illinois, along with Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana.
The storms delivered hail, gusty winds and heavy downpours, moving through the area rapidly.
A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall and LaSalle counties until midnight.
According to the National Forecast Center, the west suburbs will be under a “slight” risk for severe weather, with Chicago and the northern suburbs, along with northwest Indiana, listed under a “marginal” risk for severe weather.
The main threats with any potential storms are heavy rains, gusty and damaging winds, and hail, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.
After those storms begin to clear up in the overnight hours, much cooler temperatures will take hold, and the Chicago area should see some pleasant conditions Sunday, with temperatures barely cracking 80 and the humidity dropping significantly.
That pleasant weather will continue Monday, with slightly warmer high temperatures, but things will begin to warm up again on Tuesday and into Wednesday, with a new chance for showers and thunderstorms also accompanying the warmup, according to forecast models.