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Wild weather in Steamboat’s forecast

Scott Franz

Storm clouds brew over Sleeping Giant in 2013 as a fast-moving storm brought heavy rain and lightning to the area.

— It might be best to postpone that hike to the Mad Creek Barn or the Emerald Mountain quarry until the end of the work week.

Lightning safety tips

NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!

• If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

• When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.

• Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

• If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

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• Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks

• Never lie flat on the ground

• Never shelter under an isolated tree

• Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter

• Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water

• Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.) –Source: National Weather Service

Northwest Colorado is potentially in for a wild week of weather thanks to a low pressure system that is currently settled over Mexico.

Our area could see rain, lightning, hail and maybe even some traces of snow on the highest mountain peaks this week.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction are calling for a chance of thunderstorms and showers through Thursday.

Hikers in the area should be aware that weather conditions could change rapidly, especially in the afternoon and evening hours.

"With those storms, you can expect to see some hail, maybe on the large side, and some strong winds and frequent lightning," meteorologist Larry Smith said.

Coloradans got a fresh reminder over the weekend of how dangerous thunderstorms can be when a horseback rider and her horse were killed by a lightning bolt.

The same strike also left a teenage girl fighting for her life.

The death was the first to be caused by lightning in the U.S. so far this year.

A chance of snow appears Wednesday night into Thursday.

Smith said the tallest mountain peaks in the area could see 1 to 3 inches of snow from the storms.

The weather is expected to clear up by Friday.

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Lightning safety tips

NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!

• If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

• When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.

• Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

• If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

• Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks

• Never lie flat on the ground

• Never shelter under an isolated tree

• Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter

• Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water

• Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.) –Source: National Weather Service