STATEWIDE–Rain and high winds are expected to move through much of Indiana Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.
“There is a pretty strong cold front coming in tonight. There will be some showers and scattered thunderstorms right along the front,” said Joe Skowronek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “The most likely time for those storms is between 7 pm and 2 am.”
Skowronek believes the better chances for strong storms are in western Indiana.
“We might have some wind gusts up to 50 mph with some of the storms and cloud-to-ground lightning. It looks like the storms will weaken as they move east,” said Skowronek. “We’re not expecting any widespread severe weather.”
Much of the state is under a “marginal risk” for severe weather. A marginal risk means isolated severe storms are possible, with the threat of isolated damaging winds, small hail, and maybe a tornado. It is the lowest severe weather designation.
Monday and Tuesday high temperatures were above normal, but Skowronek says that is about to change.
“It looks like tomorrow it will be a lot cooler. We’re only expecting highs in the mid-50s by then. Any rain we get will be out of the way tomorrow morning. Then as we get towards the end of the week, it will continue to be dry with highs continuing to be in the 50s,” said Skowronek.
There is a possibility that rain returns by the weekend.
Drought conditions have been improving across Indiana. There are parts of the state that are still dealing with “moderate drought” or are considered “abnormally dry”, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.