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    Chicago: Strong Storms, Flooding Rain Precede Big Chill

    By , Senior Meteorologist
    April 13, 2014; 3:41 AM ET
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    Strong thunderstorms and soaking rain will target Chicago this weekend before a dramatic cooldown occurs.

    Unusually warm air Saturday set the stage for strong thunderstorms to track across Chicagoland.

    After a shower or thunderstorm to start Sunday, more numerous periods of rain and thunderstorms to follow for the afternoon.

    Thunderstorms for the afternoon and evening will have to potential to be strong or severe. The main risks with these storms will be damaging wind gusts and large hail, possibly as large as the hail seen on Saturday in the suburb of Barrington that was as large as two inches in diameter.

    The wet weather may cause umpires to delay or postpone Sunday's match-up between the city's White Sox and the Cleveland Indians. The game's first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CDT.

    Even heavier rain will arrive on Sunday night. With localized rain totals of up to 3 inches expected, flash flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas is a concern.

    This storm also brings the potential for the risk of flooding as rain persists through Sunday night before tapering off to a few showers Monday afternoon.

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    Motorists should also anticipate slow travel on Sunday afternoon and night on area highways and interstates. Visibility will be poor and the danger of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds will exist.

    A little rain will linger into Monday, but the main weather news will be the arrival of dramatically colder air. By only topping out in the middle 40s, highs on Monday will be roughly 20 degrees lower than on Sunday.

    A stiff northerly wind will hold AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures to the 30s.

    While another chilly day will unfold on Tuesday, the roller coaster ride for temperatures will continue later in the week with milder air set to arrive.

    Meteorologist Courtney Spamer contributed content to this story.

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