Slight risk of severe weather in Indiana, Ohio today

Much of Indiana and Ohio, as well as parts of other nearby states, have a slight risk of severe weather between 9 a.m. EDT today and 8 a.m. EDT tomorrow, according to the “Day 1 Convective Outlook” that the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued at 8:40 a.m. today.

The main threats are isolated damaging strait-line wind gusts and hail. In south central Indiana, hail stones could be larger than two inches in diameter.

The slight risk area includes includes parts or all of the following counties in IMO SKYWARN quadrant two:

  • Huntington
  • Wells
  • Adams
  • Van Wert
  • Allen (Ohio)
  • Blackford
  • Jay

The slight risk area does not currently include any part of Allen County, Indiana or any Indiana counties to the north or west of Allen County.
Scattered thunderstorms should begin developing by late afternoon and storms might continue into the evening. SKYWARN spotter activation might be needed this afternoon, according to the “Hazardous Weather Outlook” that the northern Indiana NWS office issued at 4:47 a.m. EDT.

We’ll get our next look at the severe weather risks for today when the SPC issues an updated convective outlook by 12:30 p.m. EDT.