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Gusty winds, flash flooding, large hail, and lightning could turn some hikers around this week in parts of Colorado.

Here's what to expect from this week's weather forecast. 

Scattered to numerous showers and storms are possible throughout Wednesday afternoon and evening over the northern state border. A few storms may become strong to severe with damaging outflow winds gusting up to 60 mph, heavy rain, lightning, and quarter-sized hail. The best chance for these stronger storms will be along and east of a line from Cheyenne down to Akron.

Thursday's stormy weather could be windy, with heavy rains, mainly over Phillips and Sedgwick counties. The rest of the Front Range will likely see light rainfall.

If any of these storms move over a burn scar, flash flooding may be possible, especially over the Decker and Spring burn scars where heavy rain has fallen over the past few days.

Counties impacted by these storms include Jackson, Grand, Summit, Larimer, Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Park, Jefferson, Douglas, Weld, Broomfield, Denver, Adams, Morgan, Arapahoe, Elbert, Lincoln, Logan, Washington, Sedgwick, Phillips, Lake, Chaffee, Saguache, Fremont, Teller, El Paso, Pueblo, Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers, and Baca.

A few days of stormy weather will also move over the high country with impacts likely in the following areas: Sawatch Mountains, Continental Divide, La Garita Mountains, Upper Rio Grande Valley, San Juan Mountains, Del Norte Vicinity, San Luis Valley, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Wet Mountains, Rampart Range, and Pikes Peak.

Further west, the weather will likely get warm and dry with gusty northwesterly winds up to 25 mph. This can contribute to fire hazard.

Warming temperatures and more wild storminess can be expected for the weekend and into early next week.

According to the National Weather Service of Boulder, "afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible each day, especially in the mountains and foothills." Here's a look at the five-day forecast.

Editor's Note: Weather predictions are subject to change. Always check the weather forecast before heading into the mountains and be prepared to delay or change plans, if necessary.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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