ILLINOIS —Days before an expected 20-degree temperature drop, severe weather could hit the Chicago area.
A severe storm warning was in effect until 5:45 p.m. for northeastern Kane and southern McHenry counties, with a threat of 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail. Residents should expect wind damage to roofs, siding and trees. Affected areas include Elgin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Carpentersville, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Woodstock, Huntley, Island Lake, Marengo, South Elgin, Cary, Pingree Grove, Gilberts, West Dundee, Hampshire, Fox River Grove, Barrington Hills and Lakewood.
A severe storm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for Cook, Kane, McHenry, Kendall, Will, DuPage and Lake counties. Winds up to 65 mph are possible, along with ping pong ball-sized hail and frequent lightning.
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Temperatures will drop starting Wednesday night, dipping into the low 60s by Thursday and Friday.
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