There is a significant chance of severe weather Saturday - this does include the risk for tornadoes.
In the short term, there is also a chance of strong-to-severe storms Friday and overnight Friday into Saturday.
Timing: The chance of severe weather starts today, continuing Saturday morning. The threat becomes more likely as we approach Saturday afternoon, when all aspects of severe weather are possible, including tornadoes.
Severe Ingredients: The following are ingredients needed for severe weather. All of these will become present over the next 24 hours.
Slight Threats Today/Tonight: While the chance is lower, there is a threat for strong-to-severe storms Friday (along with early Saturday). Most of these will primarily be accompanied by high wind and large hail.
***SIGNIFICANT Threats Saturday*** Warm, moist air will be prevalent with strong wind ahead of a cold front Saturday afternoon into the evening. This will make all aspects of severe weather possible, including tornadoes.
***MODERATE SEVERE RISK*** The Storm Prediction Center has central Illinois in the MODERATE RISK (level FOUR out of five) for Saturday afternoon evening. This does not happen often; however, given the atmospheric characteristics, multiple severe storms are possible.
Futurecast: Models have continued to trend toward the event likelihood.
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