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Tropical Storm Alberto delivers rain, hail to parts of Southwest Colorado

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Montezuma and La Plata counties
Hail larger than the diameter of a quarter fell Thursday in the Grandview area in east Durango . (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Tropical storm Alberto made landfall in northern Mexico early Thursday. The first named storm of the season, Alberto pushed heavy rain and hail into Southwest Colorado as it moved inland. The storms will persist through Friday.

There have been reports of large hailstones across the area.

Strong, isolated storms moved into Southwest Colorado on Thursday. The moisture came from tropical storm Alberto, which made landfall in northern Mexico. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The weather patterns are similar to the monsoon weather pattern that the region is accustomed to during mid-summer. However, Tom Renwick, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said the unusual June moisture is simply a product of Alberto.

The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Montezuma and La Plata counties, as well as much of eastern Utah. Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for the Vallecito and Pagosa Springs areas.

The storm is expected to “stratiform out” overnight, creating a low drizzle, rather than the erratic and dramatic thunderstorms the region experienced Thursday.

Hail stones from a storm Thurdsay in the Grandview area, which is in eastern Durango. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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