Severe thunderstorm warnings, watches issued in the Chicago area; Damaging winds, heavy rain possible – NBC Chicago
Storms threatening to bring damaging winds and heavy rain to parts of the Chicago area prompted severe weather warnings in several counties on Wednesday.
Thunderstorms began developing in parts of the region just after 1 p.m. and forecasters predict “more rapid development is likely over the next hour or two.”
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for southeast DuPage County and east-central Cook County until 2 p.m. Lake County in Illinois and north-central Cook County were later added to this alert.
Another warning was issued for Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall and DuPage counties until 2:15 p.m., although northwest Will County remained under alert until 2:30 p.m. Lake in northwest Indiana and Kankakee County in Illinois were under a severe thunderstorm warning. until 3:00 p.m. CT and LaPorte County, Indiana was under warning until 3:30 p.m.
Jasper and Porter counties in northwest Indiana were also under warning until 4:15 p.m. and Newton continued until 4:30 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm watch has also been issued for much of the Chicago area through 8 p.m. The counties included in the watch were Kankakee County in Illinois, as well as Newton, Jasper, Porter and Lake counties in northwest Indiana.
According to warnings from the Storm Prediction Center, the biggest threat currently facing the region could be damaging winds and gusty winds ahead of the storms, with frequent hail and lightning possible.
The possibility of an isolated tornado or two could not be ruled out, officials said.
The greatest risk of serious conditions was to be between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Things started on the heavy side on Wednesday, with a heat advisory taking effect for parts of northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana at 10 a.m.
The counties included in the advisory are Grundy, Kankakee, Will and Southern Cook in Illinois, as well as Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper in northwest Indiana.
According to the advisory, which lasts until 7 p.m., heat indices above 105 degrees are possible during the afternoon hours, and those who spend time outdoors are advised to do the same. breaks as possible.
Strenuous outdoor activities should also be moved to early mornings or evenings, according to the advisory.
Once this front finishes moving through the region, slightly cooler temperatures are expected, with highs reaching into the mid-80s to conclude the work week, according to forecast models.
As always, stay tuned to the NBC 5 Storm team and download the NBC Chicago app for Live Doppler 5 radar and other tools to keep up to date with the weather.