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Published June 17, 2011, 08:47 AM

UPDATED: Showers, Storms Could Bring Isolated Spots of Heavy Rain Today

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says showers and thunderstorms will spread across the region today and tonight. Average rainfall amounts of a half inch to one inch are expected.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

UPDATED 4 PM

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says showers and thunderstorms will spread across the region today and tonight. Average rainfall amounts of a half inch to one inch are expected.

NWS says an isolated stronger storm could produce significant rainfall in a short period of time, but those isolated storms are likely to occur in southeastern North Dakota.

Depending on where the heaviest rain falls, area creeks, river and streams could rise, and ponding of water in low spots or flood-prone location may develop.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to remain south of the Red River Valley.

Forecast for Grand Forks area

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. East southeast wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind 7 to 14 mph becoming southwest. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.

NWS says most of Saturday and Sunday is expected to be dry. Showers and thunderstorms are possible Monday and Tuesday.

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