STATEWIDE–The western and central half of Indiana is under a “slight risk” for severe weather Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
A slight risk for severe weather means that scattered severe storms are possible but typically are short-lived and not widespread. Intense severe thunderstorms are possible under this category but are isolated in nature.
The other half of the state is under a “marginal risk” for severe weather. This means that isolated severe thunderstorms are possible but are limited in coverage, intensity, or duration. Under a marginal risk, damaging winds and large hail are possible, but only in a few spots.
“Starting at about 6 pm Saturday and through the overnight period, Sunday would be the best time for severe weather. Damaging threats look like the main threat, but hail will be pretty close as well. We can’t rule out an isolated tornado or two,” said Mike Koch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.
The Wabash Valley (located in sections of both Illinois and Indiana) appears to be the area that could get the most severe weather.
“Pretty much anywhere west of Interstate 65 would have a better chance than east of I-65. The severe part should be over sometime early in the overnight Sunday, but some storms will linger into Sunday morning,” said Koch.
Koch says a couple more “systems” will move in some time next week that will bring rain and some thunderstorms. He urges you to have a severe weather plan in place.
“Know where you would go. If you have a basement, that’s the best place to go and make sure you are away from windows,” said Koch.
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