A significant severe weather threat exists today. You should stay weather aware as things continue to develop. We already have a Tornado Watch for the entire area until 9:00 PM tonight.
This is a rarer PDS type of watch. This stands for Particularly Dangerous Situation, and that wording is only given when conditions are favorable for the development of storms that are capable of producing long-track and violent tornadoes.
A somewhat rare Moderate Risk shows up for areas along I-72 and to the northwest. The rest of Central Illinois has an Enhanced Risk for severe storms.
The chance for tornadoes with this system is higher than normal so that the threats seriously. Also very large hail is possible along with damaging winds gusts with both rounds.
We have already seen a few rounds of storms come through this late morning into the afternoon with a few warnings as well, most of which have been for hail. We will see more spotty storms and then a line come through along and ahead of the cold front.
It will be within this line of storms that potential supercells could develop. Please be sure to check in with us on social media with more updates.
A 15% tornado threat may not seem like much, but on average our normal tornado threat is between 2%-5% with normal systems that come through our area this time of year.
Have a plan! Know where to go! Take a look at the graphic below for some ideas.
Our weather team will keep you updated throughout the day so stay tuned for more and download our weather app to get alerts about warnings.