UPDATE — Here’s the storm report and rainfall totals from this severe weather event:
INDIANAPOLIS — Today is the day for the severe weather threat we have been forecasting to arrive in Indiana. This severe threat extends beyond the Hoosier state, as this is expected to be a region-wide severe weather outbreak.
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About the first round of showers earlier in the day
Non-severe showers & storms will continue through the early afternoon as well. Clouds will remain quite thick, though peeks of sun are possible as we catch a break in the rain during the mid/late afternoon. At this time, a strong line of storms will be developing to our west. In order to keep the severe threat low, we need morning/afternoon precipitation to linger as late a possible. This would use up some of the energy that the approaching line will feed off of.
Severe storm threat tonight (Wednesday – Thursday morning)
The greatest chance for severe weather comes between 5-11 p.m. today. A couple rogue storms cells may enter the state at the beginning of the time frame with the main line entering a 1-2 hours later. Damaging wind is the primary threat as low level wind will be very strong. A few tornadoes will be possible as well with a fair amount of spin in the atmosphere. Large hail remains possible, but unlikely. In Indiana, the highest threat remains in the southwest part of the state.
Environment severe storms will enter today
What we’ll be focusing on Thursday morning
We’ll take inventory of storm reports. This could be anything from power outages, wind reports, hail, and monitoring National Weather Service chat for any possible tornado surveying that may be taking place. You’ll be fully briefed with the latest information on severe storms after they pass. Then looking ahead to a nicer wrap to the week in weather.
After the storms pass
We have a rocky Wednesday to get through–no doubt about that. However, much nicer weather is on the way as we wrap up the week. Storms will clear out ahead of Thursday morning and temperatures will drop back into the 40s. The sun will stick around all day on Thursday and we’ll enjoy a beautiful end to the week. Cooler weather returns later on in the weekend.