DENVER — A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for northeast and east central Colorado until 9 p.m. Friday as storms continue to develop bringing the threat of large hail, high winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning.
The Denver metro area was under a severe thunderstorm watch earlier during the afternoon hours as several warnings were issued, but have since been allowed to expire.
Weather spotters reported seeing a landspout in the Fort Morgan area earlier Friday, the National Weather Service said.
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Storms developing in Colorado’s high country will move through the urban corridor and across the plains through the evening hours.
The main severe weather threat in Denver should last through at least 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the plains.
The main weather threat continues to be hail, up to golfball size, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. There’s a low risk of flooding and a ‘very low threat’ of tornadoes, the NWS said.
Counties in the severe thunderstorm watch area include:
Highs on Friday will reach the upper 70s near Denver and in the upper 50s to low 60s in the mountains.
The Memorial Day weekend will be mostly pleasant, but there will be a few afternoon thunderstorms each day. Highs will be in the upper 70s to low 80s on the plains and in the 60s to low 70s in the mountains.
Monday will be perhaps the warmest and driest day with just a few thunderstorms. Highs will be in the low 80s, so get ready for a warm BOLDERBoulder. We'll see 50s for the start of the run and low 70s by 11 a.m.
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