Tornado watch issued: What to know

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - There is severe weather on the way, with the likelihood of strong thunderstorms developing and damaging wind gusts.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the entire area. Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Kane, Lake, Will, Grundy, McHenry, DeKalb and Kankakee Counties are all under the watch, effective until 10 p.m. tonight.

The NWS describes it as “two punch” threat: severe storms followed by non-storm winds. The first round of storms could arrive in the Chicago area by as early as 2 p.m. Several tornadoes could be produced by the storms, the NWS says. Destructive winds, as high as 75 mph, heavy downpours and damaging hail are possible.

A second round of thunderstorms could develop early this evening.

Once the storm front departs, AccuWeather says it will turn sharply colder and remain quite blustery, with wind gusts up to 45 mph coming from the west. Temperatures will crash into the mid 30s. The NWS notes the highest winds will be in the area near and south of I-80.

The extreme weather continues tomorrow. Snow showers will mix with rain in the morning and temperatures will barely get out of the 40s during the day.

This a developing story. Stay tuned to WBBM for the latest on the severe weather.

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