Damaging hail, heavy rain, snow hit Colorado

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DENVER -- Severe thunderstorms brought damaging hail to parts of metro Denver Monday afternoon. At the same time, heavy snow fell in parts of Colorado's southwest and central mountains. And if you didn't experience major hail or snow, you probably had heavy rain.

"Within seconds all you heard was hard impact," says Ray Saccomano of Arapahoe Hyundai. The auto dealership in Centennial had damage everywhere.

"We have over 500 cars on our lot and each and everyone got damaged. It looked like it snowed in September."

The storm system, which moved up from the southwest part of the state, dropped heavy snow on Telluride and Crested Butte before dumping up to an inch of dime-, nickel and quarter-sized hail in parts of Centennial and Highlands Ranch.

Photos sent in by FOX31 Denver viewers showed hail flood portions of I-225, parking lots and backyards in areas south of Denver.

A tornado warning was issued for central Arapahoe and northwestern Elbert counties late Monday afternoon and a tornado watch was also put in effect for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties that expired at 9 p.m.

Though Denver did not get much more than heavy rain, areas all around the city like Northglenn, Thornton, Aurora also saw intense hail from the storm system.

The storm forced some schools to change release plans for students Monday afternoon. Both Adams 12 and Cherry Creek delayed the release of students.

The system was expected to move out of the metro area later Monday night, while producing more severe weather on the Eastern Plains.

Tuesday was forecast to be a calm, dry day ahead of more stormy weather on Wednesday.

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