INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been a busy Monday of weather as strong storms have impacted nearly the entire state of Indiana since the start of the afternoon. A well organized line of storms made up the first wave of inclement weather and swept through the state from approximately 3:00-8:30pm. Despite a number of damage reports across Northern Indiana, the central part of the state was largely unscathed. Still, wind gusts up to 55 mph were measured (severe wind = 58+ mph), heavy rain fell, and lightning was frequent.

Second round of storms this evening

Shortly after 7:00pm, a second round of strong storms began to emerge in a broken line across Northwest Indiana and Northern Illinois. These storms have been fueled by the approaching cold front, which has been closing in on the Hoosier State this evening.

Unlike the first wave of storms, these have grown upscale into a few messy clusters. This is not as organized, but will pose the same primary threat in damaging wind gusts. Isolated large hail is possible in the strongest cells. These storms will continue across Central Indiana until around midnight.

Isolated flash flooding will be possible as storms continue to dump heavy rain on already saturated ground from the afternoon.

Clearing & drying in wake of storms

The driving force behind today’s storms is a cold front. The front will not pass through until after midnight, but it will bring a substantial change to our weather by Tuesday afternoon. Cooler & drier air out of Canada will flood the region and we can expect the sun to return quickly. High temperatures through the rest of the week will remain on the milder end until the weekend with plenty of sun.

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