The strongest of the thunderstorms still look to be between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. We have already had a few thunderstorms across the area.
The two main tornado threat areas for today: northwest Illinois, southwest Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa...another area to watch will be western Tennessee through Louisiana.
Here at home there is plenty of shear in the atmosphere but the clouds and timing of the front seem to be playing in our favor. Also the main low pressure area is occluding well west of Indiana. If it was about 150 miles closer to home then we would have been in much deeper trouble. Highest wind speeds aloft are also staying well west of our area near the storm center which will also help keep our tornado threat under 10%. We are not expecting those scary rope tornado images we saw in Missouri and Oklahoma here at home.
With that said.....we are not out of the woods. The one thing I am concerned about though will be a squall line with possible bow echoes coming through this evening. Damaging hail and wind will definitely be the main threats and remember bow echoes can sometimes produce brief tornadoes or gustnadoes. I will keep you posted. Stay calm, stay safe, and stay tuned. Good news for the weekend....this classic Spring storm will dry slot us most of Saturday with good running weather in Indianapolis and only a few pop up showers late in the day tomorrow.