Many places continue a Tornado Watch Until 6am. Live coverage continues on WISH-TV and more on Daybreak at 5am.
The Storm Prediction Center has indicated that a Severe Thunderstorm Watch may be issued for some areas west and NW of the metro area. Meteorologist Robb Ellis will have the latest at 5.
SEVERE WEATHER LATER TODAY?: The atmosphere is slowly becoming more and more unstable across Indiana. If the cloud deck breaks, and we get any sunshine, we could see some thunderstorms pop-up later this afternoon and this evening. It looks like right now the strongest storms could be west and south of Indianapolis later today. Stay with Forecast 8 as we will monitor developments throughout the day and tonight.
TODAY: The warmth and humidity from yesterday will continue today. Highs temperatures will creep close to the record high of 90°. An big storm system that spawned severe weather across the Plains states this weekend will slowly move our way over the next few days. This means that we could see a few strong thunderstorms late today and this evening. There is a slight risk that some of those thunderstorms could be severe. Damaging wind and large hail look to be the biggest threats.
THIS EVENING: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will begin this evening. Temperatures will stay in the 70s. The threat for strong thunderstorms will continue.
OVERNIGHT: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue overnight. Lows will drop into the mid 60s.
TUESDAY: More scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible, and some of those could be strong or severe. Highs will reach the mid 80s again. The biggest threats are damaging wind and large hail.
8-DAY FORECAST: More scattered thunderstorms are possible Wednesday and Thursday. Carb Day Friday and the 500 Festival Parade look good Saturday. Some models try to sneak some rain chances in for Sunday afternoon (can’t have an easy Race Day forecast, right?). Temperatures right now look pleasant for the Holiday Weekend with highs in the 70s.
Steadier rain will arrive at the track within the next half an hour. The showers could last for 30-45 minutes. Additional scattered showers are possible later in the afternoon.
The clouds and spotty rain showers will grow a bit this morning and into the afternoon. If we get any sunshine, we may see some thunderstorms. If the cloud deck and showers linger, it may limit the thunderstorm chances later today. That would also limit our high temperatures. Keep the rain jacket or umbrella handy and hopefully they can get Pole Day in at IMS.
GEIST HALF MARATHON AND 5K: It will be humid, and maybe some fog, along with a slight chance of a sprinkle or light shower, but I think those chances are pretty low. Temps will start in the mid 60s, then climb into the mid 70s for the half marathon runners by Noon.
POLE DAY AT IMS: Weather will be quiet, but hazy with some patchy fog early. Chances of showers and a few rumbles of thunder are possible this afternoon. Highs will reach the upper 70s to lower 80s.
THIS EVENING: Rain chances will gradually wind down this evening. Temps will stay in the 70s.
BUMP DAY FORECAST: Weather overall looks drier, but hotter. Highs will climb into the mid 80s!
8-DAY FORECAST: Rain and thunderstorms return Tuesday through Thursday. As of now, it looks like both the parade and race day will be dry and mild. Keep your fingers crossed that the forecast will stay that way!
Bedford had some reports of small hail and additional thunderstorms down south have hail as well. Watch for that to continue, and possibly migrate closer to I-70 this afternoon. We will continue to track this for you this afternoon.
A cluster of slow-moving thunderstorms have camped out in Martin, Daviess, and Knox Counties. The National Weather Service has issued Flash Flood Warnings for those counties. We mention this, because the storms are trying to migrate a bit north and we will track those to see if they cause problems for people in Lawrence, Jackson, and any area south of Bloomington and Columbus.
Meanwhile, just pockets of rain across the viewing area. Randy will have the latest at Noon.