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STATEWIDE–A storm system is expected to move into Indiana late Wednesday and stick around through Thursday.

“A strong system for this time of year will be forming over Minnesota and Wisconsin this evening (Wednesday),” said Mike Koch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “That should be ramping up through the night. We could get clipped by that starting at around 4 or 5 am Thursday in places like Shadeland, Cicero, and Anderson.”

The greatest threat for severe weather Wednesday night is in the northern part of the state. Once Thursday begins, nearly the entire state is under a marginal risk for severe weather. That means isolated severe storms are possible, with the threat of isolated damaging winds, small hail, and possibly a tornado.

Koch expects the rain and storms to weaken throughout the morning, but then pick back up later.

“We’re expecting redevelopment in the afternoon (Thursday) as a cold front comes down. We could see some more strong to severe storms there. Thursday afternoon and early evening, damaging winds and large hail are both possible, maybe even an isolated tornado,” said Koch.

With storms moving in the overnight hours, Koch says it’s not a bad idea to have a severe weather radio nearby so you can get timely alerts and warnings.

“They start out at about $35 and they can be more expensive depending on the bells and whistles they have. You an even program them so only the county you’re concerned about sends out an alert to wake you up when there is certain severe weather,” said Koch.

Since a cold front will be moving in, Koch says high temperatures will drop across the state starting Friday.