A line of rapidly developing thunderstorms was located near the Mississippi River in western Illinois. One of these storms produced nickle sized (0.88″) hail in Burlington, Iowa at 11:30AM.
At 12:30PM, small hail was reported with a thunderstorm in Stockton, Illinois. Stockton is located in JoDaviess County, 125 miles west of Downtown Chicago.
If this line of showers and thunderstorms continues to develop, it may begin to affect portions of the Chicago area by 3PM.
Thunderstorms have developed rather rapidly late this morning over portions of western Illinois and eastern Missouri. For the very latest…head to the WGN Severe Weather Blog
As of 11:00AM, thunderstorms have already erupted over eastern Missouri and western Illinois. If this initial wave of storms hold together, they could affect portions of the Chicago area as early as mid-afternoon.
The Storm Prediction Center is indicating a Severe Weather Watch does not appear to be likely in the near term, but remains a possibility late this afternoon and into this evening.
CLTV and the WGN Severe Weather Blog will be covering the storms throughout the afternoon and into tonight.
Above: Mesoscale discussion issued by the Storm Prediction Center at 11:02AM
A cold front will be approaching the Chicago area this evening from the northwest, and spring-like thunderstorms are expected to develop along this boundry. A few of these storms could be strong to possibly severe here in northern Illinois. Keep an eye to the sky and check back with us on the WGN Severe Weather Blog for the latest throught this Easter Sunday and tonight.
Above: The Severe Weather Outlook for this evening & tonight as depicted by the Storm Prediction Center
Below: Probability of damaging thunderstorm winds or wind gusts of 50 knots or higher within 25 miles of a point. Note that the highest probablity area extends from Elgin and Aurora westward into western Illinois and northern Missouri.
A cold front will be approaching the Chicago area this evening from the northwest, and spring-like thunderstorms are expected to develop along this boundary. A few of these storms could be strong to possibly severe here in northern Illinois. Keep an eye to the sky and check back with us on the WGN Severe Weather Blog for the latest throught this Easter Sunday and tonight.
Above: Severe Risk area as outlined by the Storm Prediction Center
The WGN Severe Weather Blog will have updates throughout the day and into the night tonight.
Thursday and Friday’s back-to-back highs in the 80s were relegated to memories Saturday as clouds and showers kept Chicago’s temperatures in the 50s much of the day — but skies cleared in the afternoon, paving the way for the city’s mildest Easter in a dozen years. With increasing south-southwest winds through the day, readings are expected to rebound into the lower 70s, Sunday bringing the warmest Easter readings here since it reached 73 degrees on March 26, 1998.
The weather should be dry Sunday but a surge moisture arriving Sunday night could trigger a round of showers and thunderstorms with some hefty rainfall totals that could approach one inch in some areas. More rain is expected to arrive Monday night as a warm front moves through the city, setting the stage for what could be the season’s first severe weather outbreak late on a warm, gusty Tuesday as a cold front slams through the area.
Record heat in the Northeast
A slew of high temperature records fell on Saturday in at least 30 cities across portions of eight states from Michigan to Maine. Some of the warmest readings were in New York including 87 degrees at both Watertown and Syracuse, 85 at Massena and 84 at Buffalo.