Today started on a rainy note for Chicago, but powerful thunderstorms will still threaten the "Windy City" before this weekend comes to a close.
While occasional rain and less-intense thunderstorms first continue to wet Chicago into this evening, late tonight into the first half of Sunday is when a couple rounds of violent thunderstorms will target the city.
The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of unleashing damaging winds, flooding downpours and frequent lightning.
The impending violent thunderstorms will be part of a widespread severe weather event, which is expected to stretch back into central Texas.
Warmer air surging into Chicago will help fuel the powerful thunderstorms.
Temperatures will continue rising into the 60s through this evening, then will not fall back into the 50s until late Sunday. A low in the middle 40s is more common for Chicago this time of year.
Howling non-thunderstorm winds will add to Chicago's weather woes on Sunday. Winds between 15 and 30 mph will whip through the city with gusts to 40 mph.
An end to the windy and rainy weather will come Sunday night as the potent storm departs. High pressure will quickly replace the storm on Monday, meaning umbrellas will not be needed as residents head back to work and school.
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Thunderstorms may threaten outdoor activities each day through Saturday
Due to a cable line issue, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather radios are currently out of service throughout Oklahoma.
Torrential rain and strong thunderstorms pushed across the southern Plains on Saturday, spawning tornadoes and dangerous flash flooding from Kansas to Texas.
Lifeguards along the East and Gulf coasts are preparing to deal with one of the greatest beach dangers: rip currents.
A dangerous and life-threatening flooding situation will continue into Memorial Day, across portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.
Showers and thunderstorms threaten to interfere with Memorial Day festivities across more than half of the United States.
West Coast (1982)
Heat wave: San Francisco, CA 91 degrees, (new record; previous record 79 in 1975) San Jose, CA 84 degrees Portland, OR 85 degrees (tied record)
North Texas (1986)
Severe thunderstorms produced 95 mph wind gusts and widespread damage. More than 3" of rain fell in less than an hour. A 29 year old women and 6 year old daughter drowned when the underpass they were driving into was flooded out.
Philadelphia, PA (1992)
A dramatic cold frontal passage. Early afternoon temperature over 80 degrees fell to a late-day reading in the 40s.