VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Turbulent spring weather just as the Memorial Day weekend was beginning rolled across east-central North Dakota and into northwest Minnesota on Friday night, May 24.
There was at least one report of structural damage from a tornado in the Leal area about 30 miles northwest of Valley City. Residents there called 911 to report the damage about 5:30 p.m.
That was the only verified tornado touchdown as thunderstorms rolled across the region. National Weather Service Meteorologist John Hoppes said the storm formed in the Jamestown area and then moved east and northeast.
With it came straight-line winds of 60 to 70 mph hitting the Hope area, about 35 miles northeast of Valley City, and then moving into the Mayville and Hillsboro area, according to WDAY meteorologist Andrew Whitmyer.
The winds hit 73 mph as the storm moved across the border into the Mahnomen area. There was still a tornado warning out for eastern Mahnomen County at 8:30 p.m.
"We haven't had reports of damage, but I would suspect with those winds there will be some downed trees," Whitmyer said.
There was also a thunderstorm Whitmyer was watching in northeast Clay County in Minnesota earlier Friday night with winds in the 60 mph range.
He said Fargo and Grand Forks were in the clear as far any storms, as the sun finally began to peek out after a few cloudy, rainy days.
As for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend, there was a 30% to 50% chance of rain late Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. Otherwise, it's expected to be rain-free.
Temperatures will be in the 60s across the region on Saturday and Memorial Day. Most places will see a warmer day with temps in the 70s on Sunday, Hoppes said.