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STATEWIDE–Rain and storms are expected to move into Indiana Thursday night with the heaviest amounts anticipated to fall in northwest Indiana.

Temperatures are also about to warm up. The chances for rain exist for nearly a week throughout the entire state.

“We’re also getting a warm flow of air off of the Gulf of Mexico. So we’re going to get all sorts of increases in humidity and instability,” said Mike Koch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “The first chances are late today (Thursday) in the northwest up towards Lafayette. By tonight and tomorrow, chances start to spread southeast.”

Over the long haul, the National Weather Service is concerned about flooding.

“Areas over the northern Wabash Valley, like Terre to Lafayette and a little southeast of there, those areas could see over a half a foot of rain throughout the next 6 days,” said Koch. “For people in Bloomington and Spencer and places like that, our forecast is not quite as high in the rainfall over that time. It’s about 2-3 inches.”

Koch says the biggest chances for severe weather are Friday.

“The main threat with that is damaging winds and there is a very small chance for an isolated tornado,” said Koch.

He also urges you to keep an eye on the forecast and have a severe weather plan in place because the forecast can always change.

LISTEN: Full Interview with Mike Koch