The storms will be quick moving, Mike says, with most exiting the area by 7 p.m. Washington, D.C. will be under a slight risk for sever weather heading into the afternoon while some areas to the north will be under an enhanced risk. The primary threats are damaging winds, flooding and hail, but there's even a small tornado threat.
Memorial Day Weekend is warm and stuffy with small thunderstorm chances. It marked Chicago's 17th day with measurable rain this month this month, and with a week to go and the wet pattern continuing, the May, 1947 record of 20 days with measurable rain appears to be in jeopardy. Will every storm that moves through the region be severe? No. "We encourage people to go indoors when they hear thunder". The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Friday evening through Saturday morning for all of northern Illinois, Lake County, Indiana, and parts of southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa. "Early on while storms are isolated, large hail possibly topping 2" and a few tornadoes will be possible.
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Conditions turn warmer and more humid for Thursday, and an approaching storm system brings the threat for severe weather.
Above is the severe weather outlook for Saturday. The severe risk is lower than yesterday. Then more storms are possible by the evening hours and those have the potential to become severe. Storms could persist into the overnight, especially south, where heavy rainfall is possible.