Tornado warnings issued as severe weather jets through Front Range


Severe weather swept through the Front Range on Thursday afternoon, with several tornado warnings issued in areas surrounding the Denver area.

As of 4:10 p.m., no tornado warnings are in effect, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. Previous warnings were issued in Douglas and Elbert counties, Thornton, Denver, Westminster, Arvada, Brighton, Frederick, Fort Lupton, Broomfield, Parker and Frankton. These have expired.

Pea- to quarter-sized hail up to an inch in diameter were reported north of Denver. The metro area and 11 counties remain under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. Thursday. A funnel was spotted in the Front Range, but there were no reports of one touching down.

Maureen Burnett and Daniel Boniface, The Denver Post

At left, pea-sized hail blankets the front yard and driveway of a Westminster home Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. At right, Hail that fell in Westminster on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, is measured for scale against a quarter.

The weather service said to expect several rounds of showers and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon. NWS meteorologist Jim Kalina said Thursday more storms are on the way for the Denver area. “It’s hard to say how severe” the approaching storms will be, Kalina said.

This is a breaking story. More updates will arrive.