Hail, lightning, localized flooding spawned from storm clouds Monday night into Tuesday morning

Small stream flood advisory expired at 1 a.m.

DENVER - A cold front pressing into Colorado launched torrential rains in some areas and jaw-dropping lightning displays in others.

Early Tuesday, a Small Stream Flood Advisory was set to expire at 1 a.m. for the tri-county intersection of Park, Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

Before midnight, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms in that area.  Up to two inches of rain fell in 30 minutes about 5 miles southwest of Evergreen, according to the National Weather Service.

Communities warned about possible flooding included Evergreen, Conifer, Pine, Brookvale, Wellington Lake, Aspen Park, Pine Junction and Buffalo Creek.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall was expected to cause minor flooding of creeks and streams, roads and roadside culverts. The heavy rains could also trigger rock slides or debris flows in steep terrain, the National Weather Service warned.

A flash flood warning expired just after midnight for parts of Arapahoe and Elbert counties but another round of storm cells moved through the Denver metro area as it expired.

The storms have also produced damaging hail across the Denver metro area and a huge amount of lightning.  7NEWS viewers captured amazing lightning photographs during the storm: 

The storms even impacted flights at Denver International Airport on Monday evening.  DIA advised passengers to check their flight status with their airline. Check flight status

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