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'Strong' Storms, High Winds, Hail And Maybe Tornadoes Are In Tonight's Forecast

By Mae Rice in News on Mar 15, 2016 3:32PM

Photo via Benjamen Benson on Flickr

Don’t be fooled by the warm, friendly highs Tuesday. Though temperatures could reach the upper 50s this afternoon—and the upper 60s in the south suburbs, according to WGN—the evening will be a different story, with high winds and giant hail forecasted.

The National Weather Service is forecasting "strong to severe thunderstorms" across Western Illinois this afternoon, which will reach Northeastern Illinois (that's us) after 9 p.m. The weather service predicts the storm will move on by midnight.

“Isolated tornadoes also are possible,” Tom Skilling noted in the Tribune, reserving this casual fact for the last sentence of his weather report. Skilling also pointed out the cause of the storms: super-fast jet stream winds, reaching speeds of 150 m.p.h., blasting across the Rocky Mountains.

The moral of this story: Go vote before fat hail chunks destroy us all, and don't move to the Rocky Mountains.