Wild weather near -- but not in -- Brighton

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The first of what could be several days of severe weather left Brighton alone, for the most part, May 21.

Tornado warning sirens went off in Commerce City and parts of Aurora but not Brighton. Even so, Brighton School District 27J spokesman Kevin Denke said students were kept in their classes in the south area of the district until the storm passed.


"It is our policy not to release students during a tornado warning," he said.

The process of getting students into buses and on their way home started shortly after 3 p.m., according to a tweet from the district.

It wasn't quite so tame in Commerce City. Schools in the Adams 12 School District returned to normal operations around 4 p.m. Spokeswoman Breanna Deidel said activities at Lester Arnoild High School were called off May 21 because of water issues inside the school.

City Hall was evacuated for a short time May 21. The all-clear sounded shortly before 2:45 p.m. The storm moved east toward Watkins and Bennett shortly before 3 p.m.

Jon Yunt, a sports reporter with BoCo Preps, reported 3 inches of hail fell at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, scene of tonight's state championship soccer match between Cheyenne Mountain and Broomfield high schools.

Fairfax Park had some flooding problems. But the city said the drainage system kept things there under control.