Naperville Ribfest Temporarily Closes July 4, 2018 for Lightning Precaution

Naperville Ribfest officials temporarily shut down the festival at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday July 4, 2018 for a lightning precaution. A single severe thunderstorm cell developed over Kendall County about 5:30 p.m. and moved southwest to northeast into northwest Will County where it dissipated, and did not cross into DuPage County at the border at 87th Street. Ribfest is located at West Street and Martin Avenue about 2 miles north of 87th Street.

UPDATE: Naperville Ribfest closed a second time about 8:40 p.m. because of severe weather in the area.

UPDATE: Ribfest re-opened Wednesday night with musical acts and fireworks delayed. Melissa Etheridge began performing about 7:40 p.m., followed by Stray Cats and fireworks — all delayed from the original schedule.

A lightning strike hit two people in Sheridan, Illinois about 30 miles southwest of Naperville about the time Naperville was getting prepared to re-open Ribfest. At least one person may have suffered life-threatening injuries at the site of Sheridan’s fireworks, just over an hour before fireworks were scheduled to begin.


Weather radar shows a line of instability with thunderstorm development along I-80 from Chicago to the Iowa border. Officials are probably waiting to see if the line by I-80, which is moving north at about 10-15 mph will dissipate before or if it reaches Naperville. Storms are forecast to dissipate in the night time hours and be out of the area by 8:00 p.m.

Melissa Etheridge was scheduled to perform at 5:30 p.m. and Stray Cats are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m.

Ribfest officials posted the following message on Facebook …

“The park is closed. Volunteers to Naperville Central HS. We expect the storm to pass quickly. Seek shelter. Tents are not shelter. We hope to re-open; stay nearby!!!! Naperville Central HS IS OPEN!!!!”

Weather Radar (also nexrad.chgowx.com) shows OR Weather Radar (also nexrad.chgowx.com) in northeast Illinois is clear.







 NAPERVILLE … 

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 103. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 58. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 60.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

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