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Severe weather in the Thursday forecast

Heavy rain, high winds, and large hail are all things you could see beginning Thursday afternoon.


The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says severe weather is a possibility for much of the state.


Chad Swain, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, says the best chance for severe weather is after 2 pm and could last through much of the evening.


“From areas to north and west of Indianapolis, it’s a slight risk. In areas south of Indianapolis, it’s a marginal risk. Along with those other threats, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out,” says Swain.

When a “slight risk” is active it means scattered severe storms are possible. The National Weather Service says storms under a “slight risk” are typically short-lived, not widespread, isolated, and can be intense.


“Marginal risk” is a designation below slight risk. That means isolated severe storms are possible, but they are limited in duration, coverage, and intensity.


“This system is coming from the west. We have a warm front coming through from the southwest Thursday morning. The cold front will come in from the northwest later on and it’s just going to meander up and down north and south across the state,” says Swain.


Swain says showers and thunderstorms will be moving through the state periodically through the weekend.


“We’re also going to have near-normal or even above-normal (temperatures), which means 70s to even lower 80s. There might be a brief cool down around Monday and Tuesday with temperatures back into the 60s, but then it should warm right back up,” says Swain.


He urges you to monitor the forecast as closely as possible because it can always change.