Strong storms possible Thursday

A cold front cutting through warm and humid air over northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will serve as the forcing mechanism for rain and storms on Thursday. We are under a slight risk for severe weather, which is the 2nd lowest threat level. Still, that doesn’t mean that this threat shouldn’t be taken seriously.

A line of storms will likely fire just ahead of the cold front. The timing looks to be between 3p-8p for our area. With a line like this, our primary threat is¬†typically for damaging winds, possibly gusting up to 60 mph or higher. Large hail up to 1″ in diameter will also be possible, along with some heavy rainfall. Even today we saw rainfall rates of over 2″/hr as storms moved through the area, so watch out for street flooding. There is also the threat for an isolated storm or two to begin to rotate and produce a tornado. While this threat is lower, it’s still something to keep an eye to the sky for. Here’s a breakdown of the threats and timing:

 

Once the front moves through by early Thursday evening, showers and storms will come to an end, and colder air will begin to sink in. Our cloud cover will decrease overnight, setting the stage for a much cooler end to the work week on Friday. With severe weather possible tomorrow, remember to download the WANE WX app to track storms on the interactive radar and see our latest forecasts!

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