Chicago Weather: Temperatures drop after strong storms moves through

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two strong storms swept through the Chicago area on Monday with rain, gusty winds and large hail that damaged some homes -- and even delayed the Chicago Cubs home opener game by about two hours.

Temperatures started to drop significantly by 6 p.m. into the 40s and 30s, especially in the northern suburbs, from the 70s earlier in the day. By 10 p.m., most of the storms had moved through the area. A few sprinkles were expected overnight and into the morning, but that would be over by Tuesday afternoon.

The Cubs' game pregame ceremony to raise the World Series championship banner was delayed due to weather.

Earlier in the day, large pieces of hail fell in southwest suburban Romeoville in Will County at about 1 p.m., damaging the sides of some homes. Large hail also fell in McHenry County.

"Sounded just a like a lot of shattering glass as it was coming down," said Michaela Cavanaugh in Romeoville. "It was that heavy coming down. It looked like it was a big snowstorm after it was done, everything was white, everything was covered."

Ted Kruczek said he was shoveling the snow after the hail storm, which lasted about five minutes.

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Just before 4 p.m., O'Hare International Airport reported 13 cancellations and 43-minute average delays. Midway Airport saw 17 cancellations and 15-minute average delays.

Hail fell in southwest suburban Plainfield Monday as thunderstorms moved through the Chicago area, which was under a slight risk of severe weather.
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