Changing weather brings hail, heavy rain to metro Denver

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DENVER -- A new round of rain was expected in metro Denver late Monday night into Tuesday.

The storms in the area came with quite a bit of lightning.

That was on the heels of storms with heavy rain and hail that developed across metro Denver Monday afternoon.

Parts of northwest metro Denver were blanketed under hail. Some side streets in Wheat Ridge were impassable as people in shorts and flip-flops went outside to shovel several inches of hail off driveways and sidewalks.

This marks a major shift in the weather pattern from the hot, dry, record-setting 90s the region has experienced since the end of August.

A Flash Flood Watch was in effect until midnight for the Front Range Foothills from Jefferson County to the Wyoming border.

Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser says the first wave of storms should push east of Denver by 6 p.m. Then, another round of rain will arrive later Monday evening.

"The weather pattern right through the end of the week looks much cooler and wet," Fraser says.  "Expect showers each afternoon and temperatures that will struggle in the upper 60s and low 70s thanks to the rain."

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