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STATEWIDE–There is a chance for severe weather across most of the state on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Late in the day Wednesday into Wednesday night, we’re going to have pretty good soaking rain with some embedded thunderstorms,” said Alex McGinnis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis

McGinnis estimates the timeline of the system to be from about 2 pm Wednesday to 5 am Thursday. The greatest risk for severe weather is between 4 pm and 10 pm Wednesday in the southern and southwestern portions of Indiana.

“Rain will get going from west to east on Wednesday. Some storms could bring some damaging winds down to the ground. Some of those wind gusts could be as high as 40 miles per hour,” said McGinnis.

The main threats to watch out for are damaging winds, heavy rain, hail, and possible tornadoes.

“There is a far less chance for tornadoes, but we can’t rule out an isolated tornado,” said McGinnis.

The southwest portion of Indiana is under a “slight risk” for severe weather. A slight risk for severe weather means that scattered severe storms are possible but typically are short-lived and not widespread.

Nearly the rest of Indiana is under a “marginal risk” for severe weather. That means isolated severe thunderstorms are possible but are limited in coverage, intensity, or duration.

Once the storms move out, the temperatures cool down.

“It’s not going to be as cold as it’s been the last couple of days. Thursday and into Friday, we’ll have highs in the upper 40s to maybe in the 50s,” said McGinnis.

LISTEN: Full interview with Alex McGinnis