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TIMELINE: When severe weather is expected to hit

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 17:37:20-05

CINCINNATI -- Today’s severe weather threat is expected to ramp up after 5 p.m. and last until midnight. Here’s the latest timeline to help you plan your Wednesday evening.

•4-5 PM: Severe storms are marching east quickly at 50-55 mph.  Storms will move into SE Indiana before we hit 5 PM.  While the model below shows the line off to the west, current radar trends show this moving a bit more quickly.

• 6 p.m. – Strong to severe storms continue in Central and SE Indiana.  This line could advance as far as the Ohio State Line and include Cincinnati by 6 p.m. 

• 7 p.m. – Strong to severe thunderstorms move into the Indianapolis metro and south to south central Indiana.

• 7 p.m. – Strong to severe thunderstorms begin to impact Southeast Indiana in the Tri-State.

• 8-9 p.m. – Strong to severe thunderstorms move into Greater Cincinnati from Butler County south into Boone and Owen counties.

• 9-10 p.m. – Strong to severe thunderstorms move into eastern sections of the Tri-State south and east of Cincinnati.

• 10 p.m.-midnight – Strong to severe storms begin to move out of the Tri-State. After midnight, we’re clear of any severe weather threat.

The greatest threat from today’s thunderstorms will be damaging winds. Winds could gust over 40 mph ahead of the severe thunderstorms. Within the storms, winds could exceed 60 mph. There is an isolated tornado threat with storms, but it, along with hail, is the lower threat with tonight’s storms.