High Wind Likely Thursday And Severe Storms Possible

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Central Indiana enjoyed it's warmest day since October. This snaps a 133 day streak below 63°... the longest such streak in 88 years and tied for 7th longest since 1871.

This is easily the best weather day of the week with showers and storms arriving overnight and high wind/severe weather potential Thursday... as the center of a historic storm system in the Plains near the Ohio Valley.

Storms Thursday morning, though loud and containing much lightning, should be below severe levels. But these storms, and their residual cloud cover, play a vital role in how severe storms could be later in the day... mainly between 11 AM - 6 PM.

We want you to be Weather Aware Thursday... and realize that with or without severe storms the entire area will be impacted by high non-thunderstorm gusts possibly exceeding 55 mph. That kind of wind can cause power outages and damage too.

As a result all of Central Indiana is under a Wind Advisory from 11 AM - 8 PM Thursday.

"IF" morning storms exit early and clouds clear enough to boost instability.... then severe weather potential will be maximized in Central Indiana.

That "potential" includes severe storms, both supercelluar and linear, that could produce wind gusts in excess of 70+ mph and tornadoes... possibly strong.

However, if clouds linger to inhibit sufficient heating/instability then it's possible our viewing area doesn't get much severe weather. We just can't answer definitely how this will play out (until Thursday morning) but we need to be prepared for multiple severe storms.

Please follow the forecast for updates and have multiple ways to receive watches/warnings.

By 6 PM any severe storms should be out of the state and then our focus shifts to the return of much colder air Thursday night into Friday. We're expecting snow showers and highs near 40 Friday with wind chills in the 20s.