Strong and potentially severe storms possible – NBC Chicago

Strong to severe storms could hit parts of the Chicago area Monday afternoon and evening, marking the start of an active weather week that brings multiple chances of rain and storms.

According to NBC 5 Storm Team Alicia Roman, Monday will start out warm and dry, with high temperatures reaching the 80s, but the risk of scattered storms will be felt by early afternoon.

The threat for storms first moves in around 1 p.m., but will intensify after 3 p.m., Roman and the National Weather Service reported.

“That’s when we really see these scattered showers and storms,” Roman said. “So when we say scattered, that doesn’t mean everywhere, so not everyone will see these storms later today. And most areas could actually stay dry with partly sunny skies and warm temperatures. “

The biggest threats from the storms, Roman said, are wind gusts up to 60 mph and heavy downpours that could lead to localized flooding.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, much of the Chicago area is at “marginal” risk of severe weather, or level one in five, but a small portion of northern Illinois remains at risk. a “slight” risk, a level two out of five. five.

According to the NWS, northern and northwest suburbs, including DeKalb, Elgin, Waukegan and more, are expected to experience higher risks.

Storms are expected to largely leave the Chicago area after 7 p.m., although some could continue into the evening and overnight. However, these storms are not expected to be violent.

“This variety won’t be severe, it might just be accompanied by a few storms with heavy downpours,” Roman said.

After Monday, further showers and thunderstorms are likely to occur again Tuesday afternoon and evening, and could continue until Wednesday morning.

“So in the next few days we will have chances of active weather, with showers and storms, but also warm temperatures,” Roman said.

Highs are expected to stay in the 80s through Wednesday before things start to ease into the 70s for the end of the work week.

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