Hail piled up like snow in Estes Park during Wednesday night’s storm

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Hail piled up like snow in Estes Park during the severe storm that rolled through Colorado on Wednesday night. The storm hit a neighborhood in Estes Park, trapping cars on the street and leaving standing water.

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Dawn Wilson / Estes Park Trail Gazette


The hail was so strong that the city used heavy equipment to clear the street. Several basements were also flooded.

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Dee Wilson


The storm caused damage in other parts of the state, including flash flooding and hail damage to homes, businesses and vehicles.

On Thursday, first alert meteorologists declared a first alert weather day due to the danger of flash flooding from severe storms. There is flash flood watch for about three quarters of the state from late morning to late evening Thursday. The watch includes the entire I-70 mountain corridor and all of southern Colorado.

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Large scars left by recent wildfires like East Troublesome, Camron Peak and Grizzly Creek present a “high” threat of flash flooding. I-70 through Glenwood Canyon could be forced to close if thunderstorms move near the Grizzly Creek scar.

For Denver and the Front Range, the best chance of thunderstorms producing heavy rain and possible street flooding on Thursday will be after noon and before midnight.

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