Severe thunderstorm watch issued for region
Almost all of eastern Montana and western North Dakota and South Dakota are under a severe thunderstorm watch, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Meteorologists issued the watch at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday for the area. The watch stretches from Bozeman, Mont., to the Stark County border in North Dakota. The watch also reaches from the Nebraska-South Dakota border into Burke County. Divide County in North Dakota and Sheridan and Daniels counties in Montana were not in the watch.
Thurderstorms are expected to enter the region during the afternoon and overnight hours, according to NWS. Scattered thunderstorms are possible during the late afternoon and will become widespread later in the evening.
The area could see wind gusts up to 70 mph with golf ball-sized hail, according to NWS. An isolated tornado is not out of the question from Dickinson to Watford City, with the main period of concern from 7-9 p.m.
The watch expires at 10 p.m. for Montana and midnight for North Dakota and South Dakota.