Chicago Weather: Clouds Linger Into Wednesday

CBS 2 meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist has a check on the forecast.

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IRIKA SARGENT: --seeing some showers. Mary Kay is here with a real time update on this rain we're dealing with. Mary Kay.

MARY KAY KLEIST: And I think, Irika, we're going to have the rounds of rain moving through this evening, maybe some rumbles of thunder, too, as we get closer to the midnight hour. And gusty winds are going to take over, especially behind the system tomorrow.

Southwest winds could gust 20 to 30 miles per hour. Let's go right to the radar, though, and show you that we do have steady rain around-- the light green, indicating light, steady showers, the yellow areas, maybe a little more of a downpour.

We're seeing that from Elgin out to Marengo and into Belvidere. But overall, this main swath of rain is moving through at the moment. The center of the storm [? complexes ?] around Kansas City and Oklahoma City.

That is going to start pulling a lot of moisture all the way from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of that rotation. And that's going to continue pinwheeling these waves of rain right through the Chicago area, mainly this evening and heading into tonight.

It's also drawing in some gusty winds out of the south and southeast. Now, slightly southeast winds held us in the upper 50s right along the Waukegan, Zion, Kenosha area.

Otherwise, mid 60s were common around Chicago, but upper 60s here into northwest Indiana, today. Right now, it is raining lightly, but temperatures are on the mild side. We are holding at 56 degrees right now.

And hour by hour tonight, we're going to see that rain increase by about midnight with showers and a few thunderstorms moving into the picture. So this evening, we're going to have rounds of rain moving through, some heavier downpours at times.

And then closer to the midnight hour, that's when we will start to see some thunder and lightning as well mixing into the picture for us, and then in the morning, maybe a leftover sprinkle of rain.

But then as we go throughout the day, I think we're going to hold the clouds tomorrow, but get into a gusty wind out of the southwest-- sustained 20 to 25, that's going to pull us to 62.

Notice that our models aren't calling it a completely dry day, but I am thinking that most areas will stay dry, just cloudy, windy, but mild. Normal daytime high is 50 degrees. We're going with 62 tomorrow.

Then our next system comes on track for Thursday with the form of afternoon showers. Another chance on Saturday, but overall temperatures are going to be topping out a little warmer than normal.

So maybe these showers will help to green things up a bit around here eventually.


MARY KAY KLEIST: Back to you.

IRIKA SARGENT: Wouldn't mind that. And the sunshine way off in the distance there at the end. Thank you, Mary Kay.