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STATEWIDE–High wind gusts will blow through all across Indiana on Thursday. All of central Indiana is under a high wind advisory from 10 am to 5 pm.

“The wind advisory may be in effect for all of central Indiana, but even if you are traveling to the far northern or southern parts of the state, you will experience windy conditions. Folks that are driving high-profile and taller vehicles will find it difficult to stay on the roads,” said Jason Puma, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

There is also an elevated risk for fires.

“Low humidity and strong winds make for good chances that fires can spread, burn, and get out of control,” said Puma. “It’s really not a good situation for fire burning. It’s probably better to wait for that another day to burn anything.”

Puma also warns of the possibility of power outages since high winds have a tendency to knock out power. After 5 pm, he says the winds will die down. Rain is likely for this weekend.

“As we get into Saturday and Sunday, we’re going to have a couple of upper-level disturbances that are going to go across a warm front. That is going to produce some light rain showers. It’s going to be mostly focused across central Indiana and even parts of southern Indiana. As you go further north to places like Fort Wayne or South Bend, there will be lesser chances of rain,” said Puma.

Puma does not expect any of these showers to bring severe weather. Next week will be colder with slim chances for rain.

“As we head into the next week, that warm front will move off to the east and will have some cooler air arrive. Many places will see highs only in the upper 40s,” said Puma.