Tracking thunderstorms for Thursday

Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are showing up on Precision 18 Radar this morning. Severe weather is not likely from the initial wave of showers, but you may encounter heavy downpours through the morning hours, which may drop the visibility at times. Temperatures in the mid to upper 40s are expected early with afternoon highs in the 60s.

There will be a few waves of thunderstorms today. On and off showers will stay in the area through midday with widespread rain moving into Greater Lafayette around 2 p.m. EDT.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the southern half of the viewing area under a Slight Risk for severe weather (Level 2 of 5) on the convective outlook scale. Our northern locations are under a Marginal Risk (Level 1 of 5). Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes will be possible with some of the thunderstorms that may develop.

Our best chance for seeing severe weather will be in the late afternoon and evening hours. Scattered strong thunderstorms may begin to form around 5 p.m. with storms traveling over Greater Lafayette between 6-7 p.m. EDT. Forecast models have the strong thunderstorms moving out after 9 p.m. EDT.

Lingering showers are going to be possible through the overnight hours and early Friday morning. Otherwise skies will remain cloudy with falling temperatures behind the passing cold front. Drier weather conditions will return Friday afternoon. Rain totals up to 1.00″ will be possible with isolated higher totals within the thunderstorms.

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