Stormy Weather Threatens Chicago Through Friday

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
September 20, 2013; 4:29 AM
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Showers and thunderstorms dampened the city at times through Thursday, with more severe storms rolling in to start the weekend.

Heavy thunderstorms brought flooding downpours, gusty winds and hail to the Chicago metro area Wednesday evening. Over three inches of rain fell in the span of a couple of hours, especially on the South Side and near the Lakefront.

Thousands of customers lost power due to the storms, and numerous streets were flooded.

In the wake of the downpours, Thursday was not a washout but had many dry hours between bouts of rain.

Temperatures ran into the 80s, hitting 82 degrees by Thursday afternoon. Humidity increased ahead of a cold front that pushed across the Plains and into the Midwest on Thursday.

By Friday, a cold front looks to swing through the region, bringing another round of showers and strong to locally severe thunderstorms to the Windy City.

Those planning on heading to the north side to watch the Chicago Cubs host the Atlanta Braves on Friday afternoon might want to plan accordingly as this front could make for a wet game.

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Additionally, stronger storms can lead to delays in the game for the safety of the players and fans, particularly if lightning is observed near the stadium.

The most intense thunderstorms across the threat areas can contain strong winds, frequent lightning, hail and downpours.

More settled weather is in store for Chicago by the weekend in the wake of this front as temperatures return to a more seasonable level with lower humidity. Meteorologists Brian Lada and Mike Doll contributed to the content of this story.


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