It is day two of severe storms across eastern Colorado. The TORNADO WATCH posted for eastern Colorado has been cancelled as the severe storms are moving through Nebraska and Kansas on Thursday night.
Meteorologist Kathy Sabine says isolated supercells are possible on the Eastern Plains Thursday night. These thunderstorms have the potential for large damaging hail, heavy rain, deadly lightning, damaging wind and isolated tornadoes. Storm movement is toward the northeast at 15 to 25 mph.
Isolated severe storms brought heavy rain and wind to Sterling and Fleming earlier today along with quarter to half dollar size hail in Logan County. Isolated gusty storms are possible overnight across the Denver Metro area, and there is enough moisture and heating from the day to trigger thunderstorm activity. Those storms could produce heavy rain, dangerous lighting and damaging winds.
On Wednesday, an upper level weather disturbance travelling across the state from the southwest brought the season's first round of thunderstorms, which did turn severe. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING was issued for the metro area as heavy rain and small hail fell during the start of the evening rush. This event was followed by a TORNADO WARNING for the metro area as a spotter on the ground near Tower Road and 38th Avenue spotted a funnel cloud which did not touch down. There were no reports of damage or injury.
The Denver weather forecast for Thursday night calls for partly cloudy skies, windy conditions at times and the potential for isolated storms with lightning and wind.
Friday will be calm and mild with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid 60s. A stronger storm is headed our way from the west for the weekend. Look for rain to develop Saturday afternoon, and the rain could mix with snow on Sunday. Weekend highs will be much cooler with highs in the 50s Saturday and mid 40s on Sunday.
Many local ski resorts have closed, but accumulating snow will fall in the mountains this weekend as this Pacific storm rolls through. Monitor the weather and driving conditions if you are planning travel into the high country this weekend.
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