Windy evening, rain & storms tonight

It’s been an unusually warm afternoon across central Indiana.  Temperatures as of mid afternoon are hovering in the lower to middle 60s across central Indiana.

Along with the warm temps, the winds have been a big story, with peak wind gusts over 30 mph in spots.

Short term – expect winds to continue to increase this afternoon into the evening hours, with gusts up to 40mph at times.

Our much talked about cold front is positioned just west of the Mississippi River.  Behind it, the coldest air of the season – that will push into central Indiana on Tuesday.

Before the chill, we have to get through some rain.  Ahead of the cold front, we’re tracking a few showers that have developed, and getting ready to cross into southern Illinois.

Those isolated showers should arrive by late afternoon.

More consistent rain move in late tonight.  Can’t rule out a rogue thunderstorm, but instability looks pretty low once the rain rides into the state.  Expect showers to continue for much of the overnight – finally pulling away from central Indiana just before daybreak, Tuesday.

Rainfall amounts should range between 0.25″ to 0.50″.

In terms of temperatures – the cold air will hold off until the front moves completely through early Tuesday morning – so expect relatively steady temps – hovering in the middle to upper 50s.

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