Severe storms are likely in parts of the Chicago area on Friday as weather forecasters warn of possible tornadoes and possible thunderstorms with wind damage.
“A strong storm system is likely to develop across the plains on Thursday and head east across the Midwest into the Great Lakes region on Friday.” National Weather Service.
While the deployment of the system remains uncertain, early forecasts from the NBC 5 Storm Team indicate that hail, flooding and tornadoes are likely in windy, warm conditions, and severe thunderstorms are possible. shown to occur.
However, the range of serious threats is still evolving.
of potential storm timing Friday afternoon and evening with possible showers on Thursday. According to NWS, the greatest threat is between 5pm and 11pm.
parts of the region, especially the south and west, Exposed to “enhanced” risk Despite a tough Friday, much of the region is still at ‘minor risk’. storm forecast center.
The third of five severe weather threat levels, enhanced risk, indicates that “a large number of severe storms may occur.” However, a slight risk means that “heavy storms may be scattered”.
After a chance of snow on Wednesday, temperatures are expected to soar to the mid-60s on Friday and return to the more seasonal 40s to 50s over the weekend.
It looks rain-free for much of the weekend, but a mix of rain and snow is likely early Saturday morning, leading to clear skies and a partially sunny afternoon.
The risk of wind damage continues into Saturday morning, mainly in areas south and west of the city.