Illinois Severe Weather: Golf Ball-Sized Hail Threatens Northern Counties


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Chicago, IL – The National Weather Service has issued an urgent weather update for northern Illinois, with an 80 percent probability of a tornado watch and the likelihood of golf ball-sized hail.

According to the Mesoscale Discussion #0163 from the NWS Storm Prediction Center, supercell thunderstorms are expected to develop across northwest Illinois on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The storms are forecasted to bring very large hail to the region by early evening, posing a risk to both property and individuals outdoors.

Meteorologists warn that the conditions could escalate, with a tornado watch likely in effect. The primary threat appears to be concentrated in the far northwest of Indiana, extending into Illinois. Environmental factors are conducive to discrete supercell formation, raising concerns for tornado development into the EF2-EF3 category, which means winds could potentially reach 150 mph.

Residents are strongly advised to monitor updates and take all necessary precautions, including seeking shelter in the event of severe weather warnings. The NWS stresses the importance of staying informed as the situation develops through the evening.


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