Storms Threaten Area With Hail, Wind Gusts, Heavy Rain

Alicia Roman is tracking warm temperatures and a dry morning, though storms will return later this afternoon.

Forecast: Storms Return Late



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On-and-off thunderstorms could pour up to three inches of rain on an already soaked Chicago area through Saturday, models indicate.

The National Weather Service is tracking an increasing chance for storms beginning Thursday afternoon in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.

While the risk for severe weather remains low, damaging wind gusts, large hail and downpours are possible, mainly Thursday night. Isolated tornadoes could threaten the area as well.

Earlier this week, as much as two inches rained down on Chicago’s South Side and south suburbs, knocking out power to nearly 8,500 homes and leaving several cars stranded in flooded viaducts.

Heavy Thursday night rainfall could again result in localized flooding, the NWS reports.

All of Illinois and Indiana will be under a severe threat Friday as additional rounds of storms are expected across the area, mostly after 1 p.m. Severe storms are possible, again with threats of gusting winds, heavy rain and hail.

The storm threat continues Saturday in northwest Indiana ahead of a predicted slow-moving storm expected to produce a lot more rain. The Chicago area also likely will see showers and a possible thunderstorm.

Temperatures hover near 60 degrees for much of the weekend.

Portions of the Illinois and Vermillion rivers will remain under a flood watch through the weekend. 

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