INDIANAPOLIS — As we warm up across the state, storms will be firing off through Wednesday. Get ready for it to finally feel like spring around here, and that includes those spring showers! The entire state is under a risk for severe weather by Wednesday.
Strong to severe storms possible
Showers and storms will be present Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Indiana and neighboring states. The storms coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday are capable of picking up extra energy, and reaching severe criteria. The Storm Prediction Center has central and southern portions of the state under a marginal (level 1/5) risk for severe weather on Tuesday. Wednesday, this risk increases to enhanced (level 3/5) for the entire western portion of Indiana. Meanwhile, the other half of the state is in a slight (level 2/5) risk zone.
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Brief severe storm over Indianapolis Monday
We had a brief severe thunderstorm warning issued for Madison, Shelby, Hancock, Johnson, Hendricks, and Marion counties around noon Monday. It was originally set to expire at 11:30 a.m. but was allowed to expire early due to winds not maintaining strength. Radar indicated 60 mph winds detected with the storm moving northeast at 40 mph.
Small hail reported in Indianapolis
Chief Meteorologist Chris Wright snapped this picture of small hail he found in Indianapolis around the time stronger storms were reported downtown.
Rain in the hours ahead
Early Monday saw some isolated showers and thunderstorms. The rain will begin to spread back out in the afternoon while maintaining cloudier skies. By 8 p.m. heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible, especially south of I-70, with stronger storms near Bloomington, Columbus and Seymour.
Long-range change in pattern
Good changes are coming our way in the weather department. The closed off low pressure system that lingered across the region last week has opened up. We are now allowing for ridging and a southerly flow to enter the state. This means warmer weather for us at home in Indiana!
Temperature profile this afternoon
Temperatures may drop ever so slightly heading into the afternoon hours due to rain-cooled air. After you flip through rain chances in the slides above, take a look at temperatures through Monday evening.
The week ahead
Keep that umbrella handy for the next few days–we’ll need them through Wednesday! Temperatures continue to warm into the low 70s Wednesday. Once we get through the stormy weather, drier days will finish out the week and start of the weekend. Plenty of sunshine and seasonal temperatures in the 60s return by Thursday. This awesome weather will stick with us through Saturday. By Easter Sunday, we could be dropping temperatures into the mid to upper 50s, with rain chances returning.