Storm chances increase and severe storm risk returns

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We are in for a mostly cloudy day with potentially a few sprinkles but that should be about it for precipitation today.  There is a slight risk of severe weather today, but as you can see on the map below, this is to our west from Illinois and throughout the Midwest and Great Plains.  For us locally today, just expect humidity to rise for a more sticky afternoon and slightly warmer temperatures as well.
Severe Outlook

Shower and thunderstorm chances go up on Wednesday as the cold front approaches the state finally.  This will be in a good chance for rain Wednesday morning and afternoon.  Most of this earlier activity will be unorganized and not too linear in fashion.  If you are looking for more of a line of storms passing through, that will happen later Wednesday afternoon/evening when the cold front starts pushing through. In the gallery below, you’ll see Fox Futurecast at noon, 4:30 and 7 PM Wednesday.  As you can see, the earlier activity isn’t organized and more widely scattered.  At 4:30 PM, you can see the front entering our northwestern counties and it continues to march to the east.  By 7 PM, that front should be close to the city.

We will also see the chance for severe weather on Wednesday.  The Storm Prediction Center has us in a “slight risk” for the day and the area included in basically our entire area minus a few counties to the northwest, including Lafayette.  The better chance for stronger storms would be tomorrow afternoon with the frontal passage.  Large hail and damaging winds are the main concerns with this system.  Also, did you know it’s been over 2 weeks since we’ve seen stronger storms in Central Indiana?  Our last severe weather event was the damaging wind event that passed through our southern locations on July 23rd and brought down several trees, tree limbs and did some minor home damage too.