Strong storms possible Thursday

Mainly dry weather conditions are going to persist for much of your Wednesday with increasing clouds this afternoon. Highs will trend slightly above average and will reach the upper 50s and lower 60s.

 

There will be changes in the forecast through the overnight hours as rain showers move into the area after midnight EDT. Precision Futurecast has rain showers moving into our western counties around 2 a.m. EDT and traveling ENE through Thursday morning’s commute.

Scattered rain will continue to fall Thursday morning and midday. However, we are watching a threat for strong to severe thunderstorms late Thursday afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center has our southern counties highlighted under a Slight Risk (Level 2 of 5) for severe weather with a Marginal Risk north of Lafayette (Level 1 of 5).

The main threats will be gusty winds, large hail and potentially isolated tornadoes late Thursday afternoon and evening.

Forecast models have storms arriving after 6 p.m. EDT and passing over Lafayette between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. The time frame may be adjusted with new model runs today and early tomorrow. We will continue to monitor and tweak the timeline as new information becomes available.

 

Behind the system, temperatures will cool off with lingering rain Friday morning. Drier weather will build back into the Midwest this weekend!

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