Residents Warned About Strong Winds Overnight

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a severe weather statement that says strong winds are expected through Tuesday in Indiana.

An intensifying low pressure over the Upper Midwest will strengthen rapidly overnight as it lifts north of the Great Lakes. A cold front associated with the low will sweep across the area after midnight.

Southerly winds will increase ahead of the front this evening and into the overnight, with gusts peaking from 35 to 45 mph over central Indiana. Additionally, a narrow band of showers and a few rumbles of thunder are expected to accompany the cold front as it tracks across the area from west to east between midnight and 5 a.m. Some of the stronger winds aloft may be able to mix down with the narrow band of showers with a few gusts possibly reaching 50 to 55 mph at times.

Once the front tracks east of our area late tonight, winds will shift to westerly. Winds will briefly diminish towards daybreak before higher gusts of 30 to 40 mph return Tuesday afternoon.

The strong winds will cause travel difficulty for high profile vehicles. Unsecured outdoor objects will also be blown around so take time to secure any loose lightweight items.

Associated with this front, temperatures will start to fall with highs in the upper 30s forecast for Tuesday and lows in the upper teens to low 20s. A 70 percent chance of snow showers is forecast Friday night with light snow accumulations likely.