Colorado weather: Copious hail, strong wind gusts possible under severe thunderstorm warning Tuesday

A storm moving south to north mainly east of Interstate 25 on Tuesday afternoon is bringing heavy rain, copious amounts of hail and lightning, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The weather service warned folks to be aware of the weather before heading outside.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for southeastern Elbert and central Lincoln counties until 3:30 p.m. with ping pong-sized hail and 60 mile per hour wind gusts, according to the weather service

“Prepare immediately for large hail and deadly cloud to ground lightning,” the weather service said. “Seek shelter inside a well-built structure. Stay away from windows.

Meteorologists said to expect damage to roofs, siding, vehicles and trees and warned that people and animals outdoors would be injured.

The national weather service warned that hail accumulating on roads can make for slick, hazardous travel.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Colorado until 7 p.m., largely east of the I-25 corridor. The Boulder weather service said tornadoes, lime-sized hail and strong wind gusts were possible throughout the day.

Hail so thick it looked like snow coating the ground was being cleared from roads in El Paso County Tuesday afternoon, according to videos and photos shared on Twitter.

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