After a day that saw reports of heavy rain, flooding and two-inch hail in parts of northern Colorado, along with at least one tornado warning in Washington county, severe thunderstorm potential will extend to all the eastern border counties Sunday.
Update: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of eastern Colorado, northwest Kansas, western Nebraska ad southern South Dakota until 11:00 p.m. MDT. Scattered hail is likely, with isolated areas receiving up to three-inch diameter hail. Tornadoes remain possible.
Following a day that saw widespread rain across eastern Colorado, and a few stronger storms that prompted a tornado warning across much of western Kiowa County, Friday marks the start of a calmer period.
The cooler and wet pattern of the past week continues over the southeast quadrant of Colorado Thursday.
Showers are continuing during the early morning hours before a break around mid-morning until the early afternoon.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop later in the afternoon, continuing into the evening, with some storms reaching the severe range. Large hail - up to half-dollar size - will be possible, along with wind gusts that may exceed 60 miles per hour.
A surface cold front is dropping across the plains of Colorado Sunday morning to mark the continuation of below-normal temperatures and welcome - though occasionally excessive - rain.
The calendar may say August 4; however, temperatures have an early fall feel in many areas. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are possible Friday, particularly for the northeast plains of Colorado.
There is a risk for thunderstorms, some severe, over the northeast portion of the state, stretching as far south as Kiowa, Prowers and Bent counties. Large hail, potentially over one inch, is possible, along with gusty winds and locally heavy rain.
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