Severe weather risk lower Thursday, but damaging storms possible again

DENVER - Today’s severe weather risk is lower than yesterday.  However, conditions are still favorable for damaging storms over the eastern plains, including sections of the greater metro area.

Early afternoon is when today’s storms will develop -- again -- mostly along the Palmer Divide and foothills. 

Each storm will move north to northeast so that sections along I-25 and all of the eastern plains are in a thunderstorm area for today. 

The atmosphere’s energy is lower than yesterday, so the chance for tornadoes (2 percent likely), large/damaging hail (15 percent chance), and damaging wind (15 percent chance) is smaller.

As the storms push over the eastern plains through late afternoon and during the evening, they will grow into a large complex of storms to move off into Kansas and Nebraska overnight.

In addition, the lightning will be very frequent and localized street flooding is also a risk from any storm today.  Hail is possible with any storm, even if it isn’t of a damaging size.

StormShield, the 7News App, TheDenverChannel.com, and my twitter feed (mattmakens247wx) will all post the latest watches and warning the instant they are issued.

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