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STATEWIDE–Severe weather is possible for Thursday in some parts of Indiana, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

“Thursday evening into Thursday night has the potential for severe weather and locally heavy rainfall for a good chunk of the state, especially the southwest portion,” said meteorologist Mike Ryan with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “Most of the day on Thursday will be dry and then we’ll start to see thunderstorms move in late in the day.”

Along with the heavy rain, Ryan says the other main threat is damaging winds.

“That would be for locations near and to the southwest of Interstate 74. We’ll likely see the rain continue into Friday. We’re not expecting any severe weather Friday, but we’re expecting a cooler, damp day Friday. Then the precipitation will move out Friday evening,” said Ryan.

Ryan believes the threat for hail and tornadoes is low, but the heavy rain could lead to flooding in some low-lying areas.

There should be no rain on Memorial Day weekend, which means the Indy 500 should happen without any weather difficulties.

“At this point, we are still looking good. Our confidence is growing for dry weather. It is going to be cooler, especially Saturday where we’re probably not going to get out of the 60s. Sunday, we’ll be back into the low to mid 70s. For Memorial Day, we should be into the upper 70s, but we are expecting dry weather all three days,” said Ryan.