Weather Chicago: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for parts of area as storms expected

Illinois weather radar shows storms sweeping across area
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Potential gusty showers and thunderstorms prompted a severe thunderstorm watch for part of the Chicago area Sunday afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for Jasper and Newton counties in Indiana and Ford and Iroquois counties in Illinois until 7 p.m.

Scattered showers became more numerous during the late morning and were expected to continue into the early afternoon, as a cold front sweeps across the area, meteorologist Greg Dutra said.

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There is a chance some storms could become severe in northwest Indiana; the main threat would be high winds, but a brief tornado cannot be ruled out, Dutra said.

If severe storms do occur, they will quickly exit the area.

Much cooler air is behind the front, with highs almost 20 degrees cooler than normal.

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