Denver weather: Severe rain storms may bring lightning, hail, flooding

Thunderstorms bringing potentially damaging hail, bursts of wind, and heavy rain leading to flooding will roll across metro Denver Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Mostly sunny skies were expected after clouds cleared early Thursday morning, until around 2 p.m., weather service forecasters said. Then, storms developing over the mountains will spread eastward across Colorado’s Front Range urban corridor, hitting Denver and gaining momentum as they reach the high plains, forecasters said, estimating the likelihood of rain at 50%.

The high temperature in Denver will be 87 degrees, decreasing to 60 degrees at night, forecasters said. On Friday, the high is expected to be 89 degrees.

Flash flooding was reported northwest of metro Denver before dawn Thursday as rainwater washed off the mountain burn scar from the Cameron Peak wildfire, inundating roads, weather service officials said. Drivers are advised to avoid flooded roads.

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