For Second Year In A Row, Hailstorms Hit Metro Denver On Sept. 29
DENVER (CBS4) - You might associate snow with late September in Denver instead of hail.
But for the second year in a row severe storms with large hail have hit metro Denver on September 29.
So far there have been no reports of significant damage with this year's hail but some areas did see hailstones the size of quarters.
The thunderstorms developed over the foothills of Boulder County and Jefferson County after 3 p.m. and moved south along the western suburbs of Denver.
Areas north of Golden, around Lakewood and into northern Douglas County saw the heaviest rain and hail.
In 2014 the storms were much stronger and covered a much larger area.
Hail and heavy rain hit parts of southern and eastern metro Denver before spreading onto the Eastern Plains.
The storms caused damage to nearly 30,000 vehicles and over 14,000 homes and businesses.
PHOTO GALLERY: DENVER AREA HAIL, SEPT. 29, 2014
The 2014 event ranks as the eighth most costly hailstorm in Colorado history with over $200 million dollars in damage.
Late season hail doesn't typically make headlines but it does happen.
On October 1, 1994, another major hailstorm hit metro Denver causing significant damage from Boulder and Arvada to Stapleton, Aurora and Bennett.
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