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Severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and evening

Strong thunderstorms forming in the warm and humid air ahead of this front will be capable of hail, strong wind gusts, and even a tornado or two this afternoon. This evening, the scattered storms will eventually form into a line which will move through eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

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StormTRACKER Forecast
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FARGO - Strong to severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and evening across North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. A strong cold front is located in central North Dakota early this Friday afternoon. A strong upper-level disturbance with strong wind and cold temperatures aloft will rapidly strengthen this front as it moves eastward tonight.

Strong thunderstorms forming in the warm and humid air ahead of this front will be capable of hail, strong wind gusts, and even a tornado or two this afternoon. This evening, the scattered storms will eventually form into a line which will move through eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Due to the strong winds and cold temperatures aloft, this line of storms will be capable of numerous swaths of dangerous downburst winds as well as outflow winds, a few with wind gust speeds of 75 mph or greater.

The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service has placed our region under an Enhanced Risk for severe weather this afternoon into tonight.

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So be weather aware this afternoon through early tonight. Have your StormTRACKER app handy in case one of these wind storms causes a power outage in your area.

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This weekend, much cooler and drier air will blow in on strong northwesterly winds. Saturday will be a very windy day, with sustained wind of 20-30 with gusts over 40 mph.

Sunday will be a little less extreme, but still breezy at around 15-20 mph with some higher gusts in the afternoon. However, the severe thunderstorm threat will go away for a while after tonight.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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