Record warmth for Groundhog Day; strong winds and storms sweep the state tonight

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RECORD WARMTH

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. we broke a long standing record for the date.  Indianapolis reached 60° breaking a record of 59° set 105 years ago in 1911.

8 PM Tuesday temperature. A record for the date

8 PM Tuesday temperature. A record for the date

FAST-MOVING STORMS

Occasional t-storms this afternoon have been fast movers – running 70 to 80 mph! There are low level winds that may be tapped into later this evening as an approaching front increases thunderstorm activity.

STRONG WINDS PULLED DOWN TO SURFACE

Winds are strong at all levels and any t-storm that can build vertically will bring potential damaging winds down to the surface. Non-thunderstorms wind gusts could reach 45 mph at times through the night.

Storms will increase in coverage through 8 pm and shift east by midnight.

While it looks like a severe watch box may not be needed for parts of the area later this evening,  a few t-storms warnings could still be required.

low level winds just above the surface could be tapped into by t-storms this evening

low level winds just above the surface could be tapped into by t-storms this evening

Well south at least 9 tornadoes dipped from the sky in central and western Mississippi Tuesday evening.  Reports of structural damage and reported long lived, long tracked tornadoes were also reported.

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COLD FRONT LATE

After 12 a.m. the storms depart east and colder air will arrive. The temporary warmth (nearing record levels late this evening) ends sharply as the cold front sweeps the state from west to east.

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