DENVER – Severe weather rolled through parts of the Denver metro on Wednesday, triggering Tornado Warnings and dropping plenty of hail during what continues to be an active rainy pattern across the Plains.
A series of alerts, including Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches, were put in place for most of Colorado and the High Plains due to the threat.
A Tornado Warning was issued for Douglas County near Interstate 25 due to what radar indicated was rotation in the storm cell south of the Denver metro. Tornado sirens were sounded in several communities, but there were no initial reports of damage.
During one of the Tornado Warnings, hail in Franktown, Colorado, covered the ground late Wednesday afternoon. Rounds of hail were also reported southwest of the Denver metro in Roxborough Park. A witness said the ice was preventing proper drainage of all the rain.
"Stuffed three cars into a 2.5-car garage but protected the front end," a FOX Weather viewer said while taking video of the hail falling over Castle Pines, Colorado.
A spokesperson for the Denver International Airport said due to rounds of storms, some delays were more than 2 hours long.
Power outages were limited. During the height of the severe weather, power outages only topped a few hundred at a time across the state.
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"This is the time of year that we experience this type of weather across the central Plains, but it doesn't make it any easier to get through," FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin said.
On Thursday, the multiday severe weather threat shifts to the east across the central and southern Plains, where thunderstorms packing strong tornadoes and destructive hail are possible during the afternoon and evening.
The most intense storms on Thursday will likely be centered over portions of western and central Kansas, including Wichita, and southward into central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City and Norman.