By Mary Kay Kleist

CHICAGO (CBS) — Damaging winds, large hail and very heavy rain are possible for the Chicago area Thursday evening, according to CBS 2 meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist.

A disturbance near the Dakotas will bring storms into Minnesota and Wisconsin overnight, and it is possible that some of those storms may drift into the Chicago area Thursday morning.

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During the day temperatures will warm into the upper 70s, moisture will increase, and a cold front will move into the region bringing a storm threat from afternoon into the night. The strongest cells could bring damaging winds, hail and very heavy rain.

The Storm Prediction Center gives a “slight risk” for severe storms.

Temperatures Friday will struggle after the cold front, and there will be leftover showers.

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The front will lift in the weekend allowing a warmup, but with the warming, storm chances increase.

Forecast:

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, low of 56

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms, southwest winds may gust up to 30 mph, high of 79

Friday: Much cooler with passing showers, high of 59

Saturday: A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 72

Sunday: A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 79

 

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Mary Kay Kleist