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Severe weather, tornado threats more prominent in southern Indiana and southern Ohio Valley

Indiana is seeing it's first legitimate risk for severe weather of the year today.

 

David Beachler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the greatest risk for severe weather is in southern Indiana. Damaging winds, hail, and a small chance for a tornado are all in the cards.

 

"That threat (for tornadoes) seems to be along the Ohio River and further south than that," Beachler said. "But, that's not to say there could be some fluctuations and we may see that threat creep a little bit further north."

 

Beachler expects the weather to start ramping up a little after 3:00 p.m EDT and keep going through about midnight tonight. It's the middle of March and Beachler said this is about the time we start seeing a lot more severe weather pop up.

 

"This is typically the time we starting seeing severe weather," he said. "We saw a couple weeks ago a round of severe weather in the Tennessee Valley. So, it's not uncommon to see the first round of severe weather in the middle part of March, especially in central and southern Indiana."

 

Beachler said the severe weather will clear out by tomorrow and that it will be the start of a spring like warming trend as we head towards April. He does not expect any more days any time soon in which highs will be in the 30's or low 40's.