Rejoice in today's 70-degree weather because severe storms are just around the corner
CHICAGO - The weather should be just fine for the White Sox home opener. Vince Velasquez starting? That’s a whole different story. But I digress…
Look for sunshine this morning yielding to more clouds this afternoon but not enough to prevent a nice run-up in temperatures.
I think 70 degrees is attainable away from the influence of winds off the lake.
Tonight will be cloudier and there could be a few showers but thunder is not likely.
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Then, there’s tomorrow. It still looks like strong-to-severe storms will occur here.
There should be an initial salvo of sub-severe activity in the morning. If those storms linger longer, it would impact the next and potentially stronger round of storms slated for the afternoon and evening.
If there is a trend in the forecast models it is for an earlier arrival of the stronger storms. Damaging straight-line winds are still the primary threat but all severe thunderstorm hazards are possible.
The best estimate for timing now is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the action. Behind the storms, winds will be very strong and a wind advisory may be needed for Thursday as cooler air drills in.
Speaking of cooler, prepare for at least a week of chill (by April standards) and there could even be some snow mixing in with rain showers Easter night or Monday.