BISMARCK — Severe storms were expected to hit northwestern and north-central North Dakota on Tuesday night, June 16, with the system possibly hitting the Red River Valley late Wednesday afternoon into the evening.
Some areas in the northwest, perhaps in the Williston and Minot zones, could see hail that is baseball-sized and damaging wind gusts up to 60 or 70 mph, said Megan Jones, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Bill Abeling, another meteorologist for the NWS in Bismarck, said Tuesday night that the huge hail wasn't likely to be widespread but the instability in the atmosphere could be a problem.
The severe storms in central and northern North Dakota were expected to hit sometime after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
It was another windy day on Tuesday, with the highest gusts reported in Jamestown at 58 mph, Abeling said.
Temperatures in the middle to upper 90s will continue into Wednesday, WDAY meteorologist Andrew Whitmyer said.
Abeling said the Fargo area was at a "slight risk" for the severe storms, and the storm could stretch all the way from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota down to central and northeast South Dakota.
Jones said for severe storms like the ones North Dakota can expect this week, people should have multiple ways to receive weather updates and warnings such as cellphones, radios and televisions.
People should stay inside and away from windows in the event of large hail, as there is a chance windows and car windshields could shatter.
Forum reporter Barry Amundson contributed to this report