Get Ready for Heavy Rain and Severe Storms in Parts of Indiana

The flag outside WTHR waving in the gentle breeze on Flag Day

After a fantastic Flag Day, our weather is about to take a turn for the wet! 

Tomorrow a warm front nudges northeast into Indiana and we’ll get a combination of heavy rain, strong to severe t-storms, and warmer, more humid air.

Timing:  It looks like some of the storms could develop as early as 4 am across Central Indiana, and the morning rush looks wet.  You might want to leave yourself a little extra time to get to work.  Periods of heavy rain are likely to continue through midday, then lighter showers and occasional downpours are possible through early Thursday morning. 

Totals: We could have pockets of heavy rain – the heaviest we’ve seen this month in parts of Central Indiana!  So far in June, we have officially picked up only 0.93″ of rain at Indianapolis International Airport.  That’s a full 1″ below average.  Of course with such a wet April and May, we’re still nearly 7″ above average for the year.  A swath of heavy rain is possible from Minnesota through Northern Tennessee, including Indiana.

Wednesday rain totals could be impressive. Expect a widespread 1/2" of rain with locally heavier amounts. Map courtesy HPC/NOAA
Severe Threat:The biggest threats for tomorrow in Indiana will be hail and high winds.  Portions of Southern Indiana are included in the “slight risk” for severe storms, including Bloomington and Nashville to Columbus and Versailles points south. Indianapolis and the 9-county metro area are not within the Storm Prediction Center’s outlook.  The SPC will issue new outlooks as we head into tomorrow, so be sure to check in with Chris Wright tonight and Chuck Lofton tomorrow on Channel 13.
Areas in the yellow shading from Southern Indiana down through northern Alabama and Mississippi are in the slight risk of severe. Map Courtesy SPC/NOAA
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Chikage Windler – Meteorologist Follow Chikage on TwitterBecome a fan on Facebook