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LIVE Blog: Severe weather impacting Colorado

First Alert 5 Weather Severe Storms
Posted at 1:26 PM, May 02, 2021

8:35 p.m. Severe threat has come to an end this evening, allowing for the Severe Thunderstorm Watch to expire. Right now, good soaking rains are developing from just south of downtown Denver through Colorado Springs.

6:20 p.m. Thunderstorms will slowly diminish over the next few hours. Monday will be wet, cold and unsettled. This storm could be a big rain maker for parts of Southern Colorado!

5:50 p.m. Tornado warned thunderstorm is moving along Highway 50 and is currently located near Holly. This is a dangerous situation and should be taken seriously!

4:40 p.m. Tornado Warning issued for eastern Bent County and western Prowers County. This storm will pass near Lamar close to 4:40 pm. Avoid travel on Highway 50 until the storm passes.

The tornado warning is in effect until 5:00 p.m. Expect quarter size hail to accompany this story, plus flying debris from a potential tornado.

Impacted areas include Lamar, Wiley, and Bristol.


Severe weather is likely this afternoon. Main threats will be along and east of I-25 and north of Highway 50. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of the News 5 viewing area. Follow this blog for updates from the News 5 Weather and Digital Team.

4:00 p.m. Top of the hour Radar check:

3:40 p.m. Hearing confirmation from a viewer that this storm firing up near Penrose is producing small hail.

3:20 p.m. A severe thunderstorm over Crowley County continues to march southeast at 40 mph. Reports of 70 mph wind gusts from this storm leading to blowing dust and reduced visibilities.

2:30 p.m. Risk of severe weather will continue through this evening. Frequent lightning, large hail and damaging wind gusts will be the main threats.

1:50 p.m. Severe thunderstorm is now moving east at 20 mph along and south of Highway 94 in east central El Paso County. Nasty hail up to ping pong ball size for areas like Ellicott, Yoder, Truckton and Rush.

1:30 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 1:45 p.m. for central El Paso County. Locations included in the warned area are southern Colorado Springs, Fountain, Ellicott, Stratmoor, Schriever AFB, Security, Peterson AFB, Falcon, Security-Widefield, Cimarron Hills and Fort Carson.

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