A week of wild weather is ahead for parts of Colorado, with thunderstorms, strong winds, isolated tornadoes, hail, and lightning in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon and evening. High fire danger is also expected for multiple areas including South Park, the southern foothills, and Palmer Divide.

The National Weather Service tweeted a warning of storms producing “large hail & damaging winds up to 70 mph. Isolated tornadoes possible.”

Severe storms are likely to begin developing near the I-25 urban corridor from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Those on the Eastern Plains should expect storms to hit around 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, though timing is subject to change.

As these storms roll through, they’re likely to become severe, especially for Weld, Morgan, and Logan counties. Hail up to two inches in diameter is expected in this area. The  National Weather Service says two-inch hail is comparable to the size of a “hen egg.”

Hail in excess of 1 inch in diameter, winds gusting up to 60 mph, hazardous lightning, and possibly a tornado, is also likely for areas east of a line from Haswell to Kim.

More than 20 counties are expected to see impacts from the storms including Las Animas, Bent, Lamar, Prower, Springfield, Kiowa, Otero, Crowley, El Paso, Chaffee, Teller, Fremont, Clear Creek, Summit, Gilpin, Grand, Phillips, South Lincoln, Logan, Washington, Elbert, Weld, Adams, Arapahoe, Morgan, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Larimer, Boulder, and Jefferson.

A second round of wild weather is set to move through the southeast plains on Thursday afternoon and evening, likely bringing large hail and damaging winds to Prowers and Baca counties.

Warm, dry. and windy conditions will also bring yet another day of critical fire weather conditions to South Park, the southern foothills, and Palmer Divide. The high fire danger is expected to continue again on Thursday, with hot temperatures, gusty winds, low humidities, and dry vegetation. The risk will run high for areas over the mountains, high valleys, I-25 corridor, and Crowley and Otero Counties. Fire danger may increase again for Friday and Saturday.

Damage to roofs, siding, and trees may occur. To protect your vehicle from hail damage, move it to a garage or carport. If covered parking is unavailable, you can place blankets, rugs, towels, or cushions over the windshield and roof. Stay indoors and away from windows until the storm has completely passed.

Editor’s Note: All weather statements are subject to change.

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