FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The Fort Wayne's NBC Weather Team is tracking rain shower and thunderstorm potential Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
Conditions have stayed mostly cloudy through northern Indiana Wednesday, as what's left of stronger thunderstorms to the north diminished through the overnight. There were over 100 reports of damaging wind gusts, mainly in Wisconsin and Michigan from these storms Tuesday. The showers and storms got going with help from a frontal boundary moving relatively slow to the southeast.
That same front is continuing to move southeast. However, this area hasn't become as unstable as yesterday to the north. Not too far south of Fort Wayne, there have been warmer temperatures, and there are more favorable conditions for thunderstorms.
The Storm Prediction Center has the majority of the viewing area under a marginal risk for severe weather, with the far corner of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio under the lesser general thunderstorm risk. Most of central/southern Indiana is under a slight risk, where the setup for storms is better.
We expect thunderstorms to get going again across northern/central Illinois later Wednesday afternoon. As the evening goes on, that line will build in across northern/central Indiana. The timing is for this to really get going after 6 p.m. Beyond that, rain showers and thunderstorms are possible into morning Thursday, as the front slowly moves south. After some early rain and potentially a few thunderstorms, Thursday afternoon will be warm and humid.
The severe weather possibility isn't as great as expected early this week, but the Fort Wayne's NBC Weather Team will be tracking it for you and providing updates.
Wednesday Night Update: Thunderstorms have stayed roughly 80 miles south of Fort Wayne where the better setup was in place. They will continue to move southeast along a frontal boundary. Showers and thunderstorms are expected locally into Thursday morning. We expect those to at least bring rainfall for parts of the area. Thunderstorms are possible as well, producing some brief heavy rain. Timing is looking like after midnight, going into mid morning Thursday. After that, the remainder of Thursday should stay dry and similar to Wednesday with high temperatures in the mid 80s.