Severe weather threat returns tonight and again Wednesday afternoon

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We’ve had a few quiet days here in central Indiana but in true spring form, storms are making a return over the next 36 hours and these storms could pack a punch.  Here’s what you need to know.


  • This Afternoon-Evening: The majority of your Tuesday forecast will be rain free, warm and humid.  The warm front is moving through the state today and will be north of Indianapolis by the early afternoon hours.  If we were to see any isolated storm activity this evening, it would be along this lifting warm front in the northern third of the view area.  But this rain chance is very low today.
  • Severe Threat: The radar will start to light up later tonight and this is when we’ll have to keep an eye out for severe weather.  At the top of this article is a map of the severe weather threat for the overnight hours.  The “slight risk area” includes the northern third of the state.  Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible with this first line of severe storms.  But it looks like damaging winds will be our primary threat overnight. Below are three snapshots from Fox Futurecast taking you through the overnight hours.
  • Timing Overnight: A line of storms will be visible in northern Illinois before midnight tonight.  That line will then develop more into the northern part of our state by 1-2 AM.  That line of storms will move to the south/southeast with time overnight and continue to bring strong to severe storms to many of our northern counties through 6 AM.  But it looks like this overnight activity will miss much of the view area.  Fox 59 is your Weather Authority and will be posting updates as this unfolds in central Indiana.


  • Round 2: We’ll have to keep an eye out for another round of severe weather early Wednesday afternoon.  What will happen is the early morning thunderstorms will lose strength and diminish ahead of the cold front by 7-9 AM.  But the cold front will still need to pass through the state and there will be plenty of moisture and energy available to aid in storm redevelopment.  It looks like storms should start to fire up between 2-4 PM Wednesday in the northern part of the viewing area.  It all comes down to when we get to that perfect temperature and storms start to develop along that cold front.  Storms will dip slowly to the south through our area as the afternoon progresses and this will mean a chance for storms here in the city in the mid afternoon hours.  Storms will then shift more to the south, south of I-70, for Wednesday evening. We are fully staffed tomorrow and will be posting online the second those storms start to fire up.


  • Severe Risk Wednesday: The Storm Prediction Center has our entire area included in a “slight risk” of severe storms on Wednesday afternoon. Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be possible Wednesday afternoon as this line of storms drops to the south through our viewing area.  The focus for storms will shift south of I-70 by Wednesday evening and into southern Indiana.

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