Weather Forecast


Parts of North Dakota under flash flood warning, tornado watch

Most of North Dakota is either in a flash flood warning or tornado watch.

The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a tornado watch for southwest and southcentral North Dakota, including Adams, Burleigh, Grant, Hettinger, Morton, Oliver, Sioux and Stark counties.

Severe thunderstorms are moving north from South Dakota. These storms have a history of producing hail and heavy rain, NWS meteorologist April Cooper said. They also have potential of producing isolated tornadoes.

The tornado watch is expected to expire at 8 p.m. Mountain Time.

NWS also issued a flash flood warning for the western half and central North Dakota, including Billings, Bowman, Golden Valley, Dunn Grant, McKenzie, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sioux, Slope, Stark and Williams until 12 a.m. Mountain Time.

The thunderstorm could drop 2-3 inches of rain across the area. The rain from Tuesday’s storms and today’s storms could cause flooding along creeks, streams and in low areas, according to NWS. Cities may experience rainfall that could exceed drainage capabilities, resulting in street flooding.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.