If you were planning to visit a lover's grave this memorial day or just hoping for spicy weather while grilling out, take advantage of healthier skies before a potential river hits the Chicago area, which starts later in the afternoon, the forecasts said.
Counties that could be affected include Cook, Kane, Lake, LaSalle, DuPage, Boone, McHenry, Kendall, Will, Ogle, Iroquois, Winnebago and Ford, according to the National Weather Service's Chicago Area Forecast Office. ] A little before noon. 11 had a storm storm reached the Rockford area and and is expected to hit Chicago's northwestern suburbs, including Elgin, around noon. 1
Charles Mott, a meteorologist with weather service, said the first storm storm could beat Chicago around noon.
"It looks like we're going to get the first round sometime around noon, with just some showers and thunderstorms," said Mott.
The more dangerous weather was then expected to move through the area between 3 and 9 pm, although it was not yet on the weather service radar, so it was difficult to be more precise, he said.
Meteorologists warned that a period of severe weather could lead to potential wind damage, an increased risk of tornadoes, and to hail, up to half a dollar size.
"It's not in our area yet, it's not going to move in to later today. Is that specific? No, that's what we expect for now."
Mott said it's difficult to try to predict how much rain could fall, but in general it expected the storms to bring "very heavy rain" as it notes on its website.
"It depends on showers and thunderstorms moving through how much rain falls. So let's just say there is potential for heavy rainfall and local flooding in some areas where the stronger storms are," Mott said. .
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