Hail as Deep as 1 Foot of Snow Floods Streets of Estes Park as Monsoon Surge Pushes into Colorado

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Christmas in July? Almost.

Social media users in Estes Park, Colorado, shared pictures and videos of hail that looked as deep as snow that fell on Wednesday night. In parts of Estes Park, the hail was reported to be up to a foot deep, according to meteorologist Chris Tomer.

The cause? A monsoon surge is currently pushing through Colorado and bringing with it severe thunderstorms and lots of precipitation.

The hail in Estes Park was reportedly so deep that some vehicles were temporarily unable to move through it, according to KDVR News. People were using shovels and fishing nets to try and dig them out.

Meteorologist Chris Tomer reported that the thunderstorm which dropped the hail Wednesday night was estimated to have reached 47,000 feet vertically into the atmosphere. Tomer said afternoon thunderstorms are likely to continue Thursday across Denver and Colorado’s Front Range Mountains.

It is not a good time to be out in the Front Range right now. Take proper precautions when traveling through the mountains during the monsoon—a single thunderstorm can drop an inch of rain in only 30 minutes, potentially causing flash flooding.

Strom radar. | Photo courtesy KDVR

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