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Storms Strike Northern Plains

UPDATED 9 PM CDT, August 24, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The last full weekend of August is shaping up to be a stormy one across the northern Red River and Upper Mississippi Valley, as dangerous thunderstorms are on the weather menu. Hail and gusty winds are the biggest concerns.

A line of thunderstorms have marched along the Canadian border this afternoon and evening, feeding off the clash between temperatures in the 90s and cooler and drier air dropping eastward from the Rockies.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in place this evening across northwestern Minnesota, including Roseau and Thief River Falls.

The storms are expected to weaken as the air cools now that sunset has occurred, with the storms dropping below severe levels soon thereafter.

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