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Denver's severe weather threat expands, becomes more significant Wednesday

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Yesterday the Denver area got its first real taste of spring severe weather for the year. Today the severe weather is expected to become more widespread and conditions will allow for storms to be more significant than what was seen yesterday.

Wednesday is starting out not entirely unlike yesterday with a good bit of cloud cover and relatively high humidity. The clouds will break up some as the morning progresses.

As we start to see some sun, temperatures will increase and we will see a high temperature right near the average of 73 degrees for the date.

The warmth from below will help to feed atmospheric instability. Couple that with a good deal of moisture in the air and wind shear above, the stage is set for a very active weather day.

By early afternoon we are expecting to start to see thunderstorms develop in the foothills and Palmer Divide. These will then move to the east and on to the lower elevations of the Front Range.

The type of weather threat today will be all of the typical ones we see this time of year. Large, damaging hail, strong wind gusts, lightning and brief, heavy rain will all be likely. Some tornado activity will also be possible.

Storm activity will decrease this evening but there will remain chances for thunderstorms through about midnight tonight.

The danger presented by these storms is very real and residents should be prepared. When a warning is posted, do not hesitate and take immediate action as directed.

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