Thunderstorms could fire up later in the day, bringing heavy rain, lightning, and hail up to the size of pennies, according to the National Weather Service. The threat of storms and hail continue into Thursday as temperatures soar to a high of about 70.
While no severe storms are expected anytime soon, showers and scattered thunderstorms are possible through much of the afternoon on Friday, though conditions should be dry by the afternoon rush. More rain is likely Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
While temperatures will climb above freezing later on Tuesday, the rain will stick around for the afternoon commute.
The advisory affects all suburban Chicago counties in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana from midnight until noon Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
Rain fell steadily across the Chicago area Wednesday morning, and though the storm system has begun clearing out as it heads east, more rain could be on the way Wednesday evening.
The teams were tied at 3 when a storm rolled through the area. With more rain in the forecast, the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 52 minutes.
After two days, the first upheld protest in nearly 30 years and another rain storm, the Chicago Cubs finally completed a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a suspended game on Thursday night.
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Thunderstorms began moving through north and northwest suburbs late Wednesday morning, bringing wind gusts of up to 45 mph, frequent lightning strikes, and occasional heavy downpours.
Though some rain began moving through the Chicago area Wednesday morning, the worst of a damaging storm system headed east from Iowa and Missouri was passing well south of the city and suburbs.
The game never began and was called after a 57-minute delay. It wasn’t immediately rescheduled.
Though an areal flood watch remains in effect until mid-afternoon for virtually all of northern Illinois, at least one official who monitors water levels in local rivers and streams said there’s less risk than feared, thanks to less rain than originally forecast.
Chicago’s Water Management Department was out clearing the city’s catch basins Friday so that the melting snow and rain have a place to go. CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports.
With temperatures expected to rise above freezing for the first time of 2014 on Friday, forecasters urged drivers to use caution as fog rolls into the area for the morning commute.
The Chicago area will get a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow over the weekend, although exactly what type of precipitation various areas will get is still unclear.
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Rain was a problem for the three-day music festival for the previous two years, causing major damage to the grass at Grant Park.
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Tuesday night’s game between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs has been postponed due to rain.