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Strong-to-severe storms approach parts of Chicago area on Memorial Day

The main threat will be gusty winds, though some hail cannot be ruled out

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Parts of the Chicago area are getting one more round of strong-to-severe thunderstorms Monday evening, with some potentially bringing gusty winds and hail to the region.

Shortly after 7:20 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of LaSalle County.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, most of the Chicago area is at a “marginal” risk for severe weather, the first of five levels used by the SPC to project the likelihood of the powerful storms.

The main threats with any severe storms that develop will be gusty winds, though some hail and lightning cannot be ruled out.

Showers and thunderstorms developed in the late afternoon hours, with the biggest threat for severe weather focused on areas in DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Kendall and Grundy counties. Other areas could still see storms with gusty winds, according to forecast models.

Those storms will eventually move out, but more scattered showers and storms are possible on Tuesday, though these are not expected to reach severe limits in terms of wind gusts or hail size. High temperatures will be on the cool side, struggling to reach 70 degrees in many locations across the region.

That will mark the last chance of rain until the weekend, with pleasant temperatures and partly-to-mostly sunny skies to wrap up the work week.

Stay tuned to the NBC 5 Storm Team for all the latest forecasts and information, and be sure to download the NBC Chicago app to get real-time push alerts for any severe weather warnings.

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