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STATEWIDE--A few strong to severe storms are possible Friday with widespread rain expected throughout Indiana, says the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

“We’re dealing with two separate systems when it comes to the weather for Friday. We’ve got a front that’s approaching from the north and then we’ve got the remnants coming from the south. We’re kind of sandwiched in between those two,” says Andrew White, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

For Friday, cities and towns north of Indianapolis are under a slight risk for severe weather (second-lowest designation). Indianapolis and everywhere south of there is under a marginal risk for severe weather (the lowest designation).

A marginal risk indicates storms of only limited organization, longevity, coverage, and/or intensity, typically isolated severe or near-severe storms with limited wind damage, large hail, and perhaps a tornado. A slight risk typically indicates scattered severe weather like wind damage, severe hail, and/or isolated tornadoes.

We’re not expecting any impacts from Hurricane Laura until Friday. In addition to rain from the storms in the Gulf, winds will probably be gusting around 20 mph during the day Friday. This system is probably going to move out early during the day Saturday, but there could be a few lingering showers during the early portions of the day Saturday. But then, the rest of the day Saturday and Sunday look dry,” says White.

Much of the state will also see cooler temperatures.

“As the system moves through and with the cold front this weekend, temperatures are looking much more seasonable. As we get into early next week, we’ll have temperatures right around the 80-degree mark,” says White.

White says the southern part of the state will likely see the heaviest amount of rain.