CHICAGO (CBS) — As if Chicagoans didn’t have enough reason to stay at home, here’s another: Today’s weather will be very stormy, with the potential for dangerous conditions, including a chance for strong tornadoes.
“I can’t stress strongly enough what a potentially dangerous weather day this may be,” said CBS 2 meteorologist Ed Curran. “Our area is facing the threat of severe weather and that includes a ‘significant’ tornado risk. Significant means there is a 10% or greater chance of an EF2 or greater tornado within 25 miles of a point.”
Although some severe storms with heavy rain passed through the area this morning, the main time frame for severe weather looks to be from around 3 p.m. until about 9 p.m.
CBS 2 Meteorologist Robb Ellis says a severe weather outbreak appears likely for northern Illinois this evening. Tornadoes, some that are strong and stay on the ground for many miles, could be possible. Hail is also a concern.
Much of the Chicago area is at an enhanced (level 3 of 5) to moderate (level 4 of 5) risk for severe weather.
Areas to the southwest are at moderate risk for severe weather. There is the possibility it could be raised to high (level 5 of 5) later today. We’ll see powerful storms, damaging winds, heavy rain, large hail, possible tornadoes and the chance to see a large long-track tornado or two, Curran says. These storms will be fast-moving and extremely dangerous.
The best part about today’s severe weather is that most people will be inside due to the COVID 19 stay at home order. Sunday will be a windy day.
CBS 2 Scattered storms are possible through 7 p.m. as temperatures rise to near 60. While some might be severe, the larger threat appears to have shifted later.
A warm front lifting north occasionally can have a tornadic threat.
From 7 p.m. through 11 p.m., severe storms are likely, including tornado warnings. Supercells are likely to develop to the southwest of Chicago and move into the area. Storms might be capable of producing tornadoes and large hail.
After 11 p.m., storms likely will be ending, but gusty winds will continue through Sunday. Some isolated showers might be possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Storms this evening might be able to produce all threats: tornadoes, hail, wind damage, lightning, and flooding.
However, the predominant threats appear to be hail and strong tornadoes, especially later this evening.
Next week will be mostly quiet and dry.