CHICAGO (CBS) — A severe thunderstorm warning was issued late Wednesday afternoon as strong storms passed through the Chicago area.

The National Weather Service in Chicago called the warning until 5 p.m. for northwestern Cook County, and parts of Lake, DeKalb, McHenry, Kane, and DuPage counties.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist said the storms would be over O’Hare International Airport at 5 p.m. and Belmont Harbor by 5:15 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch is also in effect until 9 p.m. for Grundy and LaSalle counties and some downstate areas.

The storms are expected to arrive after 4 p.m. as a strong cold front approaches. Some could be severe, especially south of I-80, possibly bringing large hail and damaging winds.

Once the front passes, we can expect high winds out of the northwest and fast falling temperatures, with a low of 39 overnight.


(Source: CBS)

Thursday and Friday will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. There’s also a lakeshore flood threat Thursday for the Indiana shoreline. Afternoon showers may mix with wet snowflakes.

Temperatrues will be in the 50s for the weekend with chances of rain.

(Source: CBS)