First severe weather risk of 2016 - – Rockford’s News Leader

First severe weather risk of 2016


With the first round of thunderstorms exiting the area, we turn our attention to the evening hours, when severe weather is much more possible. A Tornado Watch has been issued for Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, Whiteside, Carroll, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess counties until 9 pm.

The likely area for severe weather appears to be along and south of I-88, into Ogle, Lee, Whiteside, and Carroll counties in north central Illinois. A slight chance for severe storms still exists this evening for the rest of northern Illinois, including Rockford.

In the counties within or neighboring the I-88 corridor, numerous severe storms are possible with the risk for large, dangerous hail and isolated tornadoes. These storms will brew up along a cold front that enters the region and moves through between 7 pm and 10 pm this evening. If a warning is issued for a storm bringing large hail, move indoors and away from windows immediately!  In the event of a tornado, head below ground or to the lowest central room (like a closet or bathroom) away from windows.  The rest of northern Illinois may see a strong storm or two with hail between 7 pm and 10 pm.

Any thunderstorm this evening will be capable of bringing heavy downpours and lightning, in addition to small hail. Head inside as soon as you hear thunder.

A windy Wednesday is set up on the back side of the system, with gusty winds as high as 50mph tomorrow.

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