It looks like things are lining up for our first severe weather situation of the Spring. Storms will start to build late this afternoon, with the main severe threat being strong winds. According to the National Weather Service, a tornado or two can’t be ruled out, but it’s more likely the farther south and west you live.

Here’s the complete discussion:

An initial wave of showers and isolated thunderstorms, some with brief heavy rainfall, will be possible this morning. Severe weather is not anticipated this morning.

An additional area of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop late this afternoon and move eastward through the evening hours. Some storms could become strong to severe with the main threat from strong wind gusts. A tornado or two can’t be ruled out, mainly for locales west and south of a Pontiac to Ottawa to Rockford line. The severe threat will decrease through the evening hours, but strong and gusty winds will remain possible as activity spreads eastward towards I-57.

While widespread heavy rainfall is not anticipated, thunderstorms could produce locally heavier amounts which could lead to some renewed river rises and additional flooding through the end of the week.

We’re not rookies here, so I’m not worried about you. Just be aware!