Chicago Weather radar: Severe storms prompt tornado warnings; funnel cloud spotted near O'Hare

Ground stop in effect at O'Hare, dozens of flights canceled
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's weather forecast calls for more scattered, potentially severe, showers and storms even after a warm front set off tornado warnings for Cook, DuPage and Kane counties Wednesday afternoon.

An aircraft pilot spotted a funnel cloud west of O'Hare Airport, in Elk Grove Village, around 4:00 p.m. Storm spotters also reported seeing a funnel nearby, about two to three miles north of Foster Avenue and IL-83.

Storm spotters also reported a rotating wall cloud over the Glen Ellyn area around 3:45 p.m.

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ABC7 Meteorologist Larry Mowry describes the features of storms capable of producing tornadoes as they blew through the Chicago area Wednesday afternooon.



The FAA reported a ground stop at O'Hare International Airport as the storms passed through.

So far, there have been 48 flights canceled at O'Hare and two at Midway.

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Scattered storms will continue to move through the area. The greatest chance for severe weather to develop will be before 8 p.m.

ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler said the fast-moving storms could create torrential downpours for about 15-20 minutes before moving out.

The National Weather Service has much of the Chicago area under a slight risk for severe weather.

Rainy conditions are expected the rest of the week before clearing out for Memorial Day weekend.

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