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Memorial Day weekend could be a bit stormy

The Memorial Day Weekend marks the traditional start of the summer vacation season, and many people will be traveling around the region. While our weather has been relatively quiet, and cold, that's about to change. The National Weather Service s...

The Memorial Day Weekend marks the traditional start of the summer vacation season, and many people will be traveling around the region.

While our weather has been relatively quiet, and cold, that's about to change. The National Weather Service said a powerful late-spring storm system, taking shape in the Rockies, will lift northward during the weekend.

As is always the case, forecasters said there's some uncertainty as to the eventual path of the low-pressure system. But forecasters said it does appear this storm may bring some severe weather to the Red River Valley region. The best chance for severe weather appears to be Saturday through Saturday night, with the main threat being large hail and damaging winds.

Other thunderstorms are expected to be strong, with locally heavy rains possible.

In the wake of this potent storm, colder air will again invade the region. At this time, forecasters aid it looks like the risk of frost is not as nearly great as earlier expected.

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Seasonable temperatures are expected through the weekend, with cooler weather forecast for Monday. Breezy conditions are expected for today and Saturday ahead of the low-pressure system moving that will bring the rain.

The forecast for the Grand Forks area sees a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday, a 50 percent chance Saturday night and a slight chance Sunday, Sunday night and Memorial Day.

Highs today will be from 65 to 70, Saturday 70 to 75, Sunday mid-70s, Monday through Wednesday in the 60s, and Thursday in the mid-70s, forecaster said.

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