Parts of Illinois and Indiana face ‘heightened’ risk of severe weather Wednesday – NBC Chicago

Unstable weather could potentially target parts of Illinois and Indiana in the coming days, with the threat of large hail, dangerous winds and even tornadoes looming in Wednesday’s forecast.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, most of the state faces a “marginal” risk of severe weather on Tuesday as a cold front begins to approach the region.

By Wednesday, that threat will increase, with several northern counties facing a “mild” risk of severe weather and most southern counties and most of northwestern Indiana facing a “heightened” risk. » violent storms.

According to maps released by the SPC, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage and Cook counties are currently in the “slight” or second-lowest risk category for severe weather. Parts of LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will and Kankakee counties are at “increased” risk of severe storms, as are Indiana’s Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties.

Large to very large hail could potentially be generated by the storms, as well as damaging straight-line winds and even some tornadoes.

There is still uncertainty about the track and severity of these storms as the cold front moves through the region, with the storm’s track potentially shifting south in the coming days. It’s also possible that weather conditions aren’t ripe for severe storms, according to NBC 5 weather forecasters.

Updated forecast models will continue to appear, and those updates can be found on the NBC 5 app during the lead up to Wednesday.

After the cold front passes through the region, windy conditions will persist, but temperatures will also cool and the chance of rain will decrease significantly for several days.

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