Another round of severe weather is possible – NBC Chicago

The Chicago area is under an “increased” risk of severe weather on Tuesday, bringing the threat of damaging winds and possibly even tornadoes following a stormy Monday that brought strong systems and damage to parts of the region.

According to Alicia Roman, a meteorologist with NBC 5’s storm team, the greatest threat for storms will occur during the afternoon hours of Tuesday, with “every possible weather hazard.”

“The best chance to see those showers and storms will really be after 7 p.m. moving from west to east,” Roman said.

The threat comes just after a mostly dry day, with warm temperatures that will make much of the area feel more like the Fourth of July than May, as temperatures could reach 90 degrees for the first time this year.

But from 7 p.m. to midnight, severe storms are likely to hit the region, “which will pass quickly during the evening hours,” Roman said.

Based on morning projections, storms will likely begin in the western suburbs between 7 and 8 p.m. and reach the city limits between 9 and 10 p.m., Roman said. They are then expected to reach the southern counties and travel toward northwest Indiana shortly before midnight.

“Very fast passing through here, but it could definitely have a big impact,” Roman said.

The entire Chicago area is at an “increased” risk of severe weather, a level three out of five threat.

Roman said the biggest threats from the storms will be damaging and destructive winds, with gusts of up to 75 mph considered the “main threat.”

“But tornadoes are behind it, too,” Roman said. “Brief tornadoes are possible in the overnight hours. A lot of this will be at night while you’re sleeping, so have a way to get alerts on your phone.”

Areas west of the Chicago area could experience even more violent winds and a greater threat of tornadoes, with areas around the Quad Cities potentially at a “moderate” risk of severe weather, officials said.

After the storms, temperatures begin to drop with highs in the mid-70s, although the 80s return at the end of the week with another chance of rain.

Stay tuned to the NBC 5 Storm Team for the latest news and weather information.