Jul 18, 2013 10:15 PM by Jennifer Horbelt
WELLINGTON, CO- Extreme weather conditions Thursday afternoon, as mother nature wreaks havoc across the state with severe lightning strikes, a small snow shower and flash flooding.
Initials reports say at least nine people were injured in a field in Wellington after a lightning storm passed through the area. Forecasters say nearly 700 strikes were recorded in a 20-minute period during the storm.
According to KUSA in Denver, several people lost consciousness during the strike and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Two are in critical condition.
Meanwhile, a rare July snow storm dusted the ski area near Loveland, just north of Denver.
Heavy rain in areas burned by wildfires in northern Colorado also led to flash flooding, and a mudslide has closed both directions of Interstate 70 at Palisade in western Colorado.
The National Weather Service says more than 1.5 inches of rain fell in the northern Colorado burn areas Thursday. The rain pushed mud and rocks onto parts of Highway 14. Crews quickly cleared debris to reopen the road.