Severe weather develops over metro area, plains

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Storm cell east of Byers, Colorado. April 26, 2012.

Storm cell east of Byers, Colorado. April 26, 2012.

DENVER — A few isolated heavy storms have already popped up near DIA early this afternoon, and we expect more as the day progresses.

There’s a low pressure system creeping up from the southwest, and this weather system will allow more thunderstorms to develop.

For metro Denver, we expect a round of storms, capable of bringing brief, heavy rain and hail between 5 and 7 p.m.  Wind gusts of over 40 mph are also possible with these afternoon storms.

They won’t be strong enough to be considered severe, but they will pack frequent lightning.

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Remember the “30-30 Rule” with thunderstorms:  If you see lightning and hear thunder within 30 seconds, head indoors.  Wait until at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

Also stay tuned to FOX 31 Denver for any severe weather bulletins. There is a chance that one or two thunderstorms could produce a weak tornado, especially east of DIA.