Morning tornado in Weld County is one of state’s rarest

KEOTA, Colo. — A tornado in rural Weld County early Wednesday morning is only the fourth since 1950 to hit the state between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.

A line of severe thunderstorms moved into northern Colorado by the early morning hours with threats of hail and wind. There were several thunderstorm warnings for the line of storms.

By 6:37 a.m., a brief tornado was reported over an open field, producing no damage.

This is the 39th reported tornado for the state this year. The 30-year-average is 46 tornadoes per year across Colorado.

The storms moved south until clearing into northern New Mexico late Wednesday afternoon.