KUSA - Neighborhoods in the west-metro area were hammered Monday by a storm that brought high winds and heavy hail.
The hardest hit by the hail storm appeared to be an area near 26th Place in Wheatridge. It brought along a sense of winter, even as summer still hangs on.
"I've never seen anything like this," Terry Cohen said. "It's nuts."
Armed with shovels and her boys, Cohen led the troops. Their battle was to break down the unexpected hail pile that stretched across the street in front of their home.
One scoop at a time they shoveled the hail.
Blocks away, the storm blew through another neighborhood with similar force.
"The sound of it was just truly amazing, deafening," Doug Junda said.
Wind gusts glued leaves to siding. The hail was described as blinding.
"It was coming down so hard, you couldn't see out across the backyard at any one time," Junda said.
"I could have sworn it was a winter wonderland in summer," Jacob Cohen said.
Back on 26th Place, makeshift plows were helping with the cleanup by hauling away the hail.
"It's a couple feet deep, at least like five," said one group of girls.
"It's really deep, like three feet, almost up to my chest," Asher Cohen said.
As the discussion carried on, so did the cleanup. The Cohen boys stayed busy shoveling.
"I'm going to keep cleaning," Jacob said. "Make the most of what we can do."
A little practice for when winter comes early.
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