Severe thunderstorms are possible in the Chicago and surrounding Illinois area Tuesday afternoon into the evening, according to the National Weather Service. | Graphic via NWS

The National Weather Service said that thunderstorms, some of which could be severe and bring high winds, are expected later Tuesday afternoon into the evening in northern Illinois.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a hazardous weather outlook statement Tuesday morning.

The alert was issued for much of northeast and north-central Illinois along with northwest Indiana.

There is an elevated thunderstorm risk with a limited hail risk of up to half-dollar-sized hail, the NWS said.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected later Tuesday afternoon into the evening.

The storms will be moving toward the east at 30 to 35 mph, the NWS said.

Some of the storms could be severe and bring damaging winds of up to 60 mph and large hail.

The winds could be capable of downing large tree branches and hail could dent cars and siding.

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The timing for any severe weather would be between 3-10 p.m.

Some thunderstorms will likely continue overnight south of Interstate 80 but the severe weather risk should diminish during the mid to late evening hours, the NWS said in the alert.