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Severe weather possible for Friday, National Weather Service says

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There is a chance for severe weather on Friday in Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re going to see a pretty strong system start approaching Friday. We’re looking at temperature gains all the way up into the 60s. Our warmest temperatures might be after sunset on Friday. We’re approaching record temperatures,” said Aaron Updike, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

Along with rain chances, Updike says you can expect periods of windy conditions.

“The best chances for severe weather appear to be after dark on Friday, but we still need to wait for more data to come in. It’s looking like that 7 pm-midnight time frame,” said Updike.

Most of the southern part of the state is under a “slight” risk for severe weather. The Storm Prediction Center says with a marginal risk, isolated severe thunderstorms are possible, but would be limited in duration, coverage, or intensity.

Across central Indiana, there is a “marginal” risk. The Storm Prediction Center says, in that area, scattered severe storms are possible, but would be short-lived and not widespread. Isolated intense storms can’t be ruled out.

Updike says it is unseasonably warm for this time of year.

“The combination of the time of year and the pattern that we’re seeing leads to these above normal temperatures. We’re just seeing an abnormal pattern, or what we call a ridge, that’s extending throughout the United States. When we get that, we always see above-average temperatures,” said Updike.

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