Cold winds blow into northern Colorado with thunder, lightning, graupel

A powerful cold front out of the north blew into Colorado on Wednesday afternoon and evening, with winds gusting up to 45 mph kicking up dirt and debris, lightning and hail along the northern Front Range, and plummeting temperatures.

Lightning storms were reported from Loveland north to the Wyoming state line about 8:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Hail and cold rain accompanied the thunder and lightning.

Winds sweeping down the Front Range Wednesday night kicked up dirt and debris. Trees were toppled in some areas. At Chatfield State Park, a boat dock was damage by fierce winds.