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More Storms Zap Front Range, Plains Tonight

UPDATED 7:45 PM CDT, June 18, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Mother Nature is not shaking out of its stormy pattern for the Central U.S. again this evening. Fresh storms causing gusty winds and hail are rolling across the Front Range into the Western Plains. Other storms are sliding along Interstate 70 in the Midwest.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect from eastern Colorado to northeastern New Mexico, including Colorado Springs and Clayton, N.M., with another Severe Thunderstorm Watch in northwestern Montana, including Missoula and Great Falls.

Storms are developing in clusters along Interstate 90 and 15 in Montana with other ones spreading from eastern Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico into the Western Plains. A tornado briefly touched down at the Denver International Airport with a gust to 97 mph recorded. Most other severe reports include hail the size of golf balls and a few wind gusts exceeding 67 mph.

These threats will continue overnight in places like Missoula, Mont., Sheridan and Casper, Wyo., Pueblo, Colo., Garden City, Kan., and Amarillo, Texas.

A weak upper-level wave sliding east along a cold front is triggering storms with small hail and gusty winds in the Midwest. A few storms along Interstate 70 will continue to be strong to severe but the threat will wind down later this evening before Midnight.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues for southern Illinois to southern Indiana, including Springfield, Ill., and Terre Haute, Ind.

The Plains have already had a fair share of severe weather to start the work week. Tennis ball sized hail hit just north of Lubbock Airport in Texas Monday while hail up to quarter size broke house windows in White Horse, S.D. Meanwhile, trees and power lines were blown down across Abilene, Texas.

An upper-level trough helping to lift the warm, unstable air across Montana and the Rockies will continue to move east on Wednesday. The best opportunity for more severe storms with hail and gusty winds will be along Interstate 90 in Montana.

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