Heavy rains prompt flash flood warning south of F-M; severe weather possible today and Tuesday
FARGO - The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning this morning for southwestern Clay County, southeastern Cass County and north-central Richland County after heavy rains fell on the area overnight.
The warning was set to expire at 7 a.m. today.
Doppler radar reports indicated that 2 to 4 inches of rain fell overnight in the Walcott, Christine and Comstock, Minn., areas near the border of Richland and Cass counties, the weather service said.
Preliminary reports from law enforcement suggested there was flooding in the Walcott and Comstock areas overnight, with minor rises also observed on area rivers, the weather service said.
The heavy rainfall pushed the south branch of the Buffalo River near Sabin up about a half-foot overnight, while the Wild Rice River near St. Benedict rose about 0.2 foot, the weather service said.
Severe weather is possible today and Tuesday, with showers and thunderstorms likely across the region, the weather service said.
According to a statement on its website: "Some storms may become severe with large hail and damaging winds possible, along with localized heavy rain. The best chance for more widespread severe weather may occur Tuesday afternoon along a frontal boundary and area of low pressure that will track into the region. There is also the potential for isolated tornadoes Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening near this boundary across portions of southeast North Dakota into west-central Minnesota."