CHICAGO (CBS) — Severe thunderstorms swept through the Chicago area Tuesday night, bringing large hailstones that damaged cars and windows.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect throughout the Chicago area until 11 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for central Cook and southeast DuPage counties until 9:15 p.m., and another in LaPorte County until 10:30 p.m. that is expected to be the last.
An earlier severe thunderstorm warning was in place for Lake and McHenry counties until 8:15 p.m.
It was a super mild Tuesday with temps already running a good 20 degrees above average in spots.
But a cold front arrived Tuesday evening and with that came a round of storms that were hitting the north suburbs and parts west Tuesday night.
As nightfall arrived in East Lakeview, storm clouds formed as lightning flashed and thunder rumbled.
There were reports early Tuesday evening of teacup-sized hail in Winnebago County west of Rockford. Siding and cars were reportedly damaged by the hailstones, the largest of which were about 3 inches in diameter.
A significant hail core later passed through Evanston and damaged windows, CBS 2 Meteorologist Robb Ellis reported.
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Baseball-sized hail was reported in parts of Evanston.