Scattered severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon
Hazards include hail up to 2 inches in diameter and winds of up to 75 mph. Some isolated tornadoes and localized flooding due to heavy rains are possible, according to the National Weather Service.
FARGO — The National Weather Service is warning of scattered severe thunderstorms from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. in areas of eastern North Dakota and northwest and west-central Minnesota.
Hazards include hail up to 2 inches in diameter and winds of up to 75 mph. Some isolated tornadoes and localized flooding due to heavy rains are possible, according to the weather service.
Strong to severe storms are forecast to begin in eastern North Dakota early in the afternoon and move east, leaving the area later this evening, weather service meteorologist Nick Carletta said.
Flooding is most likely in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota in an area stretching from as far west as Cando, N.D., and as far east as Bemidji, Minn. Potential flooding impacts include flooded intersections and rising rivers rising just beyond their banks. Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Thief River Falls, Park Rapids and Wadena are also among the cities most likely to experience flooding, though the risk is considered relatively low.
"For some of the more vulnerable area there could be some isolated localized flooding," Carletta said. "For Fargo, there'd be some urban street flooding possibilites rather than anything widespread," he continued, adding the worst of the rain will move out of the Fargo are by the evening.
Tornadoes are most likely in west central Minnesota, Carletta said.
Morning showers may delay or inhibit storm development across the northern Red River Valley, according to the weather service.