Two tornadoes confirmed in DeKalb County from Tuesday’s storm: NWS

A funnel-type cloud seen near Hinckley was captured by area storm chaser Adam Lucio around 7 p.m. Feb. 27, 2024. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in the Hinckley and Big Rock area in DeKalb and Kane counties.

Two EF-0 tornadoes touched down in DeKalb County during Tuesday’s severe weather, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday.

One tornado was recorded in Waterman and the second was recorded from Hinckley to Big Rock along the DeKalb and Kane county lines, according to the NWS. Area storm chaser Adam Lucio captured a funnel-type cloud near Hinckley about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Tornadoes also were reported in Lake, Lee and Cook counties.

The out-of-season thunderstorm brought lightning, heavy rain and hail across the area Tuesday evening. DeKalb County was under a tornado warning from about 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a tornado watch lasted until 10 p.m. Tuesday. A wind advisory ran through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

No significant power outages were reported by ComEd on Tuesday night.

Almost a dozen tornadoes had been confirmed as of 5 p.m. Wednesday across northern Illinois. The NWS reported six EF-0 tornadoes and five EF-1 tornadoes.

Temperatures also fluctuated dramatically Tuesday, with highs reported in the mid-70s that dropped to about 19 by Wednesday morning.

According to the NWS, Rockford broke its all-time daily record for February and meteorological winter on Monday. That record was broken again Tuesday with a recorded high of 78 degrees.

Chicago just missed its all-time daily record for February and meteorological winter Tuesday, coming 1 degree short with a recorded high of 70 degrees.

The warm temperatures throughout the month, even including Wednesday’s cold snap, means this February will be the warmest February on record for both Rockford and Chicago, according to the NWS.

Temperatures are expected to rise again to the 40s Thursday.

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