After a dry start to the week, the threat for potentially severe storms returns to the Chicago area Wednesday.

It will be a windy, warmer and more humid day with showers and isolated storms developing later this morning into early this afternoon.

Then storms will likely grow more numerous heading into the late afternoon and evening hours with some potentially becoming strong to severe.

Large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain and lightning are possible along with the chance for isolated tornadoes.

The highest risk for severe weather sits northwest of the city, according to NBC 5 Meteorologist Andy Avalos.

Counties in far northwest Illinois are under an enhanced or higher risk for severe weather, but northern and western suburbs are under the Slight risk for severe weather which is one step down. Chicago and areas south and southwest remain under the lower Marginal risk, the National Weather Service reports.

Temperature highs will rise into the upper-70s and low-80s on gusty SSW winds between 10 to 20 mph sustained, but gust to 30 or 35 mph.

Scattered showers and storms are also expected later Thursday with the risk for severe storms continuing. Friday could also see another round of heavy rain, though things look to dry up for the weekend ahead.

Published at 6:58 AM CDT on Jun 28, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago


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