Billings appeared to avoid the worst of a thunderstorm with the potential to drop ping pong ball-sized hail Monday night.
The National Weather Service issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings as a storm advanced east, roughly tracking along I-90.
The warnings continued for Hardin and much of the Crow Reservation until about 9:15 p.m.
A different severe storm advanced toward Hysham on a similar timeline.
Billings received heavy rainfall, but social media users from the Laurel area posted pictures and videos of hail with diameters as large as a half-dollar.
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The possibility for further severe storms remained Monday night, especially across Eastern Montana. A storm watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday.
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