A wave of storms could bring extreme weather to the Chicago area on Saturday – NBC Chicago

Waves of showers and thunderstorms are expected in the Chicago area on Saturday, which could bring extreme conditions that can bring heavy rain, damaging winds and possibly even the risk of a tornado.

The serious threat will remain dependent on what happens on Saturday morning. A first flurry of showers and storms will move through the area for the first few hours, although these storms are not expected to bring severe conditions.

If these storms persist, they could destabilize the atmosphere, reducing the chances of severe weather as later rounds unfold. Otherwise, the afternoon and evening storms could become strong to severe.

Storms occur in an unstable climate and a cold front.

The greatest threat of severe weather will be Saturday afternoon and evening, with the highest risk south of Interstate 80 beginning Friday.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, the entire Chicago area is at a “slight” risk of severe weather.

Models indicate that moist air will be pumped into the region before a cold front passes, favoring the development of strong to severe thunderstorms.

Heavy rain, gusty winds, lightning, hail and possibly even a tornado are all possible with the storms, but more on potential threats will be known in the coming hours.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 and the NBC Chicago app for all the latest information on the threat of severe weather looming this weekend.