Golf-ball and tennis-ball sized hail stones pummeled southeast Colorado Springs Thursday night, rendering 27 police cars inoperable with broken windshields, rear-view mirrors and severely dented hoods and trunks.
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Damaging winds, thunderstorms and large hail in isolated locations is forecast for the Denver area Friday afternoon after 1 p.m.
A severe weather system is expected to roll across the state and the Denver metro area has a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms that could produce hail and strong winds.
There will be a chance of severe weather including hail and damaging rains in the Denver metro area and across the Eastern Plains on Friday afternoon, forecasters say.
On Wednesday there is an even greater chance for rain showers and thunderstorms than earlier in the week, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. “But we don’t expect severe-strength conditions,” said Lisa Kriederman, meteorologist for the NWS.
Afternoon rain and thunderstorms is a possibility throughout the week, but chances get better near the end of the week, according to the NWS.
There is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. in the Denver area.
The fast-moving storm will strike the Denver area around noon and will be out on the Eastern Plains by 3 or 4 p.m.
Severe Colorado weather often brings crews of roofing contractors calling homeowners and knocking on doors offering to assess — and fix — hail damage.
Severe thunderstorms hit areas north and south of Denver Monday afternoon, with hail, strong winds, lightning strikes and torrential rains. The rains could cause flash flooding in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.