It'll be rainy, stormy and warm today in the Chicago-area, with the chance for the heaviest weekend rain since last November.
That's what WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling says, noting that a storm system heading this direction from the Southwest has already resulted in heavy rain in Las Vegas and heavy snow in Colorado. And strong winds accompanying that storm will put the area at risk for some severe thunderstorms that include drenching rains.
There's even a chance that some of those storms could spawn tornadoes as they cross the Midwest, some meteorologists say.
The slow-moving storm and accompanying rain will likely last through much of today and tomorrow before clearing out completely by Monday. The National Weather Service says that 2.5 to 3 inches of rain could fall before the weekend is over.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the 60s tonight, with the day's high likely to occur after dark, Skilling said. Skilling predicts that temperatures could stay warm throughout the week, with highs in the 60s every day.
Follow the weather on ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.