Denver weather: Thunderstorms pelt metro area with rain and hail

Denver weather: Thunderstorms pelt metro area with rain and hail

Storm clouds gather before the fireworks display at JeffCo stadium on July 4, 2019 in Lakewood.

The entire Denver metro area and most of northeastern Colorado is under a severe thunderstorm watch through 10 p.m. Friday. Some areas were hit with large hail, heavy rain and flooding.

It looks like it’s snow, but it’s hailing—LOUDLY. Lasted about 15 mins. (near east Denver / west Aurora) #cowx @NWSBoulder pic.twitter.com/tYAQbdiRGs

— Kristen M. Clark (@ByKristenMClark) July 6, 2019

Torrential rain expected as those two storm cells are merging around Lafayette, Lousville, and Niwot! Inch of rain possible in 15 minutes with considerable street flooding. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS! #COwx

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) July 6, 2019

Thunderstorms in the mountains and foothills spread east and stormy weather lasted into the night, with hail more than 2 inches in diameter pelting some areas, the weather service said. Other cities in the watch include: Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Trinidad.

At about 6:10 p.m. the weather service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for south metro areas including: Aurora, Greenwood Village and Cherry Hills Village. The warning was posted until 7 p.m.

At about 6:15 p.m. large hail pelted parts of south Denver.

Mostly quarters but some ping pong balls in there too. #cowx #heynext pic.twitter.com/jNBk0V7LxU

Several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were posted in the metro area including: Boulder, Niwot and Valmont. the warning for those cities expires at 8:15 p.m.

At about 7:15 p.m. a weather service spotter reported 1.5 inch-diameter hail in western Arvada. That storm was moving northeast into Westminster and Broomfield, the weather service said.

In Boulder, at about 7:30 p.m., lightning delayed the start of the Dead and Company show at Folsom Field, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

Dead and Company show, before and after lightning/hail/rain delay, after second song “Cold Rain and Snow” @deadandcompany #boulder #cowx pic.twitter.com/6dJMHZzGIh

— Joshua Berman (@tranquilotravel) July 6, 2019

The entire Interstate 25 corridor, from the Wyoming state line to the New Mexico state line, is under the watch, as is most of the Eastern Plains.

Golf-ball size hail was reported in the Windsor area on Friday night.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Colorado until 10 PM MDT pic.twitter.com/2jxvGnVbET

Heavy rain of up to 3 inches in a two-hour span is possible and the downpours could produce flash flooding, the weather service said. Severe winds and tornadoes are possible.

Friday severe weather is likely to happen between 3 and 8 p.m. in areas just east of the mountains, the weather service reports. The Eastern Plains will be hit between 6 p.m. and midnight.

In Denver there’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m., some storms could be severe. Friday night in Denver there’s a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

At about 4 p.m. Friday in Denver the humidity was 47 percent and the temperature was 82 degrees. Skies were mostly cloudy.

On Saturday in the city showers and thunderstorms are likely after 1 p.m., with severe weather in the forecast. Skies should be partly sunny in Denver on Saturday and the high temperature is forecast to hit 81 degrees.

Chances of severe weather will be less likely on Sunday. Temperatures will be a little below seasonal norms, with highs in the lower 80’s along the Front Range, over the weekend.

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