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Severe weather possible Friday as cooler weather returns

There is a chance for severe weather all across Indiana today, according to the National Weather Service.


Nearly the entire state is under a “marginal risk” for severe weather, which is the lowest designation. The only exception is the far northeast part of the state. That part is under a “slight risk”, which is the second-lowest designation.


“Marginal risk is basically saying there is a relatively low risk for some isolated severe storms,” said Tara Dudzik, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “We have a cold front dropping in later this afternoon, mainly from 3 pm to 6 pm.”


Dudzik said the main threats to watch out for are heavy rain, strong winds, and some hail.

“There’s a 2% tornado chance, which is obviously very low,” said Dudzik.


The chance for a tornado also exists in the northeast part of the state that is under a slight risk.

“A tornado or two can’t be ruled out,” said Chris Morris, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana. “The main window is going to be primarily 1 pm to 8 pm this evening.”


Morris said a “slight risk” implies that well-organized severe thunderstorms are expected but in relatively small numbers/coverage, or a small chance of a more significant severe event.


“There is the possibility of damaging winds and large hail. Anyone who is going to be out this evening for high school football, especially across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio could be impacted,” said Morris.


Morris said cooler weather returns this weekend and a good portion of northern Indiana will see rain at the beginning of next week. Dudzik said the outlook is similar for central Indiana.