KUSA - A front moving over the Eastern Plains of Colorado on Wednesday evening triggered the first tornado warnings of the severe weather season.
According to 9NEWS Meteorologist Ashton Altieri, the combination of low level moisture, instability and wind shear in the atmosphere over far eastern Colorado created ideal conditions for severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes.
The first tornado warning of the season in Colorado was issued at 4:16 p.m. on Wednesday for Kit Carson County when Doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Stratton. No reports of a tornado touchdown were made by anyone in the area.
A trained storm spotter near Kirk reported ping-pong ball size hail shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Reports of large hail were also reported near Brandon, Vernon, Stratton, Wray, and Holyoke in Yuma, Kit Carson and Phillips Counties.
A 61 mph wind gust was recorded in Burlington.
No significant damage was reported from the storms on Wednesday.