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.
We are assessing damage to windows and buildings on Regis' NW Denver campus after hailstorm #cowx Many car windows broken, trees stripped. pic.twitter.com/NBYASIfCPU
— Regis University (@RegisUniversity) May 8, 2017
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.
Mother Nature's furry in Denver (Northfield) on Monday afternoon, May 8th (3:25 pm). #WX #COWX #Heavyrain #Hail pic.twitter.com/4nJx0VQJCl
— Jeff Beavers (@RkyMtnPix) May 8, 2017
Homes damaged in Golden near 6th ave and I-70 from large hail. Photo: Bobbie Lee #cowx @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/EUPkmrB89C
— Daryl Orr (@WxTrackerDaryl) May 8, 2017
Cleanup begins at the Colorado Bureau of Investigaion in Lakewood, Colorado after the hailstorm caused vehicle damage. (Photo/CBI)
Crazy #Hailstorm here in the #MileHighCity!! @9NEWSWeather #9wx pic.twitter.com/tKNyLmi66J
— Terry Lott (@TerryLott) May 8, 2017
Initial images of damage to vehicles in the parking lot of the Colorado Mills mall. 📷 by @CBSDenver photographer Steve Youngerman #4wx #cowx pic.twitter.com/ool7JUHJEX
— Ashton Altieri (@AshtonCBS4) May 8, 2017