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Thunderstorms in the Friday evening forecast

Most of Indiana could see thunderstorms Friday afternoon and Friday night, but the threat of severe weather gets stronger the more north you go.

 

Indianapolis and other parts of central Indiana are under a "marginal" risk of severe weather, which is the lowest level on the National Weather Service's scale. Areas like Lafayette, Kokomo and Fort Wayne under a "slight" chance, which is Level 2 of 5. The far northern part of Indiana, like Valparaiso and South Bend, are in an "enhanced" risk of severe weather, which is Level 3.

 

"Only general thunderstorms are expected for the southern half of the state, and once you go more north, the more severe threat there is," says Michael Skipper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana.

 

He says that means heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and even a tornado are possible.

 

"We're thinking about, probably, between 6-8 p.m., starting in northwest Indiana," Skipper said.

 

Areas north of U.S. 30 have the strongest chance of severe weather, including Valparaiso, South Bend and Angola.

 

Skipper added that another round of rain and thunderstorms are expected for the entire state on Saturday and into Sunday.

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