Wind, heavy rain, and large hail Friday in southern Colorado

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A storm drops heavy rain and lightning near Franktown around 3 p.m. Friday. / Valerie Mills - FOX21 News

A storm drops heavy rain and lightning near Franktown around 3 p.m. Friday. / Valerie Mills – FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire eastern half of Colorado until 9 p.m. Friday due to the potential for strong storms with large hail and possible tornadoes.

UPDATE at 5 P.M.

UPDATE at 6:30 P.M.

UPDATE at 9 P.M.

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Storms will spread over the I-25 corridor between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and over the plains into the evening, wrapping up after 10 p.m. as the move into Kansas.

Storms moving more southeast than east will be the strongest storms. They’ll be capable of some 2″ diameter hail and maybe even a tornado.

Northern and eastern El Paso county should be on extra alert for any storms coming out of Jefferson or Douglas County moving to the southeast.

As the storms transition into a line or cluster over the plains in the evening, damaging wind gusts to 70 mph will become the dominant severe weather threat.

After storms move into Kansas, the remainder of the night will feature decreasing clouds with temperatures dropping into the 40s and 50s. A few of the high mountain areas will drop into the 30s as drier air starts to work in from the west.

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