FARGO — Severe thunderstorms with chances of tornadoes, hail up to 2 inches in diameter and wind gusts up to 75 mph may hit eastern North Dakota late Saturday and continue into Monday, June 8.
Temperatures in the 90s across the region are predicted to lead to scattered thunderstorms in the Red River Valley late Saturday. Forecasters expect a break Sunday with sun and higher temperatures returning before a second set of severe thunderstorms hit the area on Sunday evening and last into Monday.
“It looks like a volatile atmosphere will be in place,” WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said. “We won’t all get rain, but the storms that do formulate will be severe.”
The highest chances for severe weather come on Sunday in the Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks area, but there is still a chance Saturday’s storms will be severe elsewhere in the region.
“There will be some scattered storms in the morning that develop overnight, but probably not in Fargo,” Wheeler said. “Those probably won’t be severe. If they are, it will be on the low end of severity. Tornadoes would not be expected. That activity would be likely to fade and at some point later in the day, we think the more severe weather could be expected.”
The National Weather Service's line for enhanced storm risk follows the Red River Valley through Sunday with areas west of the valley categorized as enhanced risk and areas to the east as having slight risk. There is still a chance for severe weather east of the valley, but it should be less widespread.
That line is expected to move east into Monday with areas east of the Red River seeing most of the severe weather and areas farther west seeing more scattered severe weather.
“The highest risk areas are going to be farther east on Monday, but we could still see strong thunderstorms," National Weather Service meteorologist Timothy Lynch said.
The weather service recommends having access to multiple forms of communication and more than one way of receiving information about storm systems in the area.
“We’re telling people to make sure you have multiple ways to protect yourself,” Lynch said. “Since this is the first severe weather of the season, we just want to make sure people are ready to take precautions. Have plans to take shelter.”