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Ping-pong-ball-sized hail hits portions of Red River Valley

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Some parts of the region saw ping-pong-ball-sized hail during Wednesday night’s storm and meteorologists say funnel clouds were spotted nearby.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Amanda Lee said the storm rolled through the Red River Valley around 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. but saw severe hail.

Reports throughout the region ranged from hail that was about an inch to an inch-and-a-half in size. Lee said the largest report came from just north of the Grand Forks airport.

Wind speeds reached around 50-60 mph during the storm, Lee said. A power pole snapped about 7 miles east of East Grand Forks. A funnel cloud was spotted northeast of Grand Forks and also in Edmore, although Lee said no touchdowns were reported.

Thursday is expected to remain cloudy and chilly and Lee said more rain is in the region’s future. Storms on Saturday and Sunday could drop about a quarter-inch to an inch of rain on the area, Lee said.

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