Severe thunderstorm watch now in effect: Watch for gusts, hail

Another round of rain and thunderstorms is expected to soak the area Monday evening into Tuesday morning, National Weather Service officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire area starting immediately and lasting until 10 p.m. The service warns of “Ping-Pong ball size” hail and damaging winds of up to 60 mph, with frequent lightning and heavy rain. The thunderstorms will move quickly east through the suburbs.

The rain has already thoroughly soaked Lake County, with many places recording 1 to 2 inches of rain overnight Sunday into today, meteorologist Any Seeley said.

Gurnee received 2.11 inches of rain through Monday afternoon, Fox Lake and Lakemoor recorded about 1.8 inches, Round Lake 1.7 inches and Lake Villa 1.6 inches, the Community Collaborative Ran, Snow and Hail Network reported.

Standing water forced the closure of Grand Avenue at O’Plaine Road in Gurnee, while lanes were reduced at Crescent Avenue in Waukegan, Washington Street in Gurnee, and Grand Avenue at Rollins Road in Fox Lake.

Seeley said the second wave of storms will move quickly and produce less rainfall.

Depending on the amount of rainfall, additional localized flooding could take place, officials warn.

The weather service is forecasting minor flooding on the Fox and Des Plaines rivers this week.

The Fox River in New Munster, Wisconsin, is at minor flood stage at 10.75 feet, and could rise nearly three more feet before cresting later this week. That water is expected to hit the Chain O’ Lakes near the end of the week.

The Des Plaines River is expected to reach minor flood stage levels from Russell Road near Zion to Des Plaines Tuesday. It’s currently 6.5 feet in Gurnee, and expected to crest after rising an additional 18 inches. Water levels are at 11.7 feet in Des Plaines, and expected to rise four more feet before cresting at the end of the week.

The weather service has issued flood warnings and advisories for areas around the Fox River, Chain O’ Lakes and Des Plaines River.

There is also a small stream advisory for the area.

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