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Flash flood and tornado warnings issued as thunderstorms move through Colorado

Showers and thunderstorms increased Wednesday afternoon and spread east across the plains into the evening.

DENVER — Another round of rain and lightning moved through the Denver metro area and Front Range on Wednesday afternoon, leading to a Flash Flood Warning for the Cameron Peak Burn Scar area in Larimer County and Tornado Warning in Pueblo and Crowley counties.

The weak disturbance is moving through the Front Range on Wednesday, bringing increased moisture and a good chance for showers and thunderstorms.

The storms were expected to increase during the afternoon Wednesday and spread east across Colorado's eastern plains during the evening.

A few storms could reach severe levels with gusty winds and hail. Heavy, localized rain could lead to flash flooding in some areas, including Colorado's wildfire burn scars.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder said those who live in or near a flash flood-prone area should have a plan and be ready to take action if a Flash Flood Warning is issued Wednesday.

At 5:20 p.m. NWS Boulder said the Tornado Warning was in effect in Pueblo and Crowley counties until 5:45 p.m.

The Flash Flood Warning in the Cameron Peak Burn Scar area of Larimer County expired at 7 p.m. The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area including Parker expired at 2:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was also issued for Deer Trail and Agate and expired at 4:30 p.m.

The NWS said strong thunderstorms would continue to develop and move east and northeast through the late afternoon hours.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop for Denver International Airport (DIA) at 1:49 p.m. that expired at 3:30 p.m.

As of 9 p.m., there were 679 flight delays and 10 cancelations, according to FlightAware.

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The Denver Office of Emergency Management planned to test outdoor warning sirens around Denver at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The sirens were to also test at Denver International Airport (DIA).

The Denver Office of Emergency Management said residents could expect to hear the siren for at least three minutes. The test was originally scheduled for May 10 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

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The 9NEWS Weather team said clean air is also on the way to Colorado, helping a with the state's wildfire smoke and haze.

The extended forecast in Colorado calls for little change in the weather pattern for the rest of the week, the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and next week.

Colorado's chance for showers and storms continues each day with some areas seeing the storms reaching severe levels.

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