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Photos: Damaging hailstorm hammers Denver ahead of Monday evening commute

A severe thunderstorm slammed Denver on Monday afternoon with large hail, causing damage and travel delays across the city.

Roads looked as if they were covered in snow due to the amount of hail that fell on Monday afternoon, resulting in travel delays that persisted after the storm had departed.

Hail as large as tennis balls was reported around Denver, smashing car windows, stripping trees of leaves and damaging some houses.

A severe thunderstorm moved over Denver shortly after 3 p.m. MDT and was very slow-moving, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

“Since the storm was barely moving, hail piled up several inches, causing widespread travel problems in the metro area,” Edwards said.

Travelers taking to the air were also impacted by the hailstorm with over 150 flight delays reported at Denver International Airport, according to FlightStats.

Over 1700 electric customers were also left without power around the Denver area in the wake of the severe thunderstorm, XcelEnergy reported.

The threat for severe thunderstorms has passed in Denver, but rain may continue through midweek.

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This Colorado State patrol car had its window smashed by large hail on Monday afternoon. (Photo/Sergeant Mullins)

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Large hail that fell in Lakewood, Colorado, located near Denver, on Monday afternoon. (Photo/Twitter user @JuliaLytvyn)

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Cleanup begins at the Colorado Bureau of Investigaion in Lakewood, Colorado after the hailstorm caused vehicle damage. (Photo/CBI)