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Spring storm brings heavy rain, hail

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:53 p.m. CDT
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Pea, nickel-sized hail is covering the ground in Lakewood, Crystal Lake.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Spring weather made a comeback Saturday, sprinkling the McHenry County area with hail in the morning and possibly leading to heavy rain and gusty winds for the rest of the weekend.

A morning thunderstorm that brought heavy rain and winds first arrived near Harvard, where quarter-sized hail touched the ground around 10:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The hail storm made its way through McHenry County for the next hour, with Algonquin seeing hail 2 inches in diameter. The Crystal Lake area reported hail 1.75 inches in diameter, while Woodstock and Marengo saw 1-inch diameter hail touch the ground.

"We were getting enough moisture and instability that the storm was capable of producing hail," said meteorologist Amy Seeley. "It's an active weather weekend."

Despite the rain and hail, area dispatchers received no reports  Saturday afternoon of damaged property or vehicles. McHenry County sheriff's deputies reported large-sized hail throughout the area, but no significant damage.

McHenry County saw temperatures Saturday reach the 70s for the first time this year. The area still has a slight risk for severe weather for the rest of the weekend.

Winds reaching up to 60 mph, heavy rain and the possibility of more hail are forecasted for the area until Sunday night, Seeley said. The springtime elements could cause flooding in certain areas by Sunday.

"There is nothing unusual about this," Seeley said. "Spring is the peak time for severe weather."

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