The Chicago area could see rain and possibly strong to severe storms Monday afternoon and evening, just ahead of the Chicago Cubs’ home opener at Wrigley Field.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire Chicago area until 10 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was also issued for Lake and McHenry counties until 5 p.m. The alert warned of 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.
While the morning started off windy and warm, scattered showers and thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain, deadly lightning and possibly even an isolated tornado were expected to arrive anytime between 2 and 7 p.m.
By 4:30 p.m., hail between a half inch and an inch had been reported in Round Lake, Lindenhurst, Fox Lake, Rockford, Lake Villa, Naperville and Oak Lawn.
Temperatures are expected to fall quickly during the late afternoon and evening hours, dipping into the 50s and ultimately the 40s by 10 p.m.
The Chicago Cubs’ home opener is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. Depending on when the storms develop in Chicago and how long they stay, the weather could impact the start of the game.
Still, NBC 5 Storm Team predicts the storms could be out of the area before the evening is over.