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More Severe Weather, Tornadoes on Tap for Saturday Afternoon

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More severe weather is expected a day after storms across eastern Colorado brought heavy rain, hail, tornado warnings and damaging 70 mile per hour winds to the region.

The National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms producing up to two-inch hail and wind gusts up to 70 mph for parts of the region Saturday afternoon.

While the risk for tornadoes is low, the Pueblo NWS office calls out Kiowa and Prowers counties in southeast Colorado as being at risk for isolated tornadoes.

Another Mixed Week for Colorado Drought Conditions

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Two weeks after all of Otero County, and portions of neighboring counties, moved in to exceptional drought conditions, a series of storms moved part of the impacted area back into extreme drought.

While all of Otero moved into exceptional conditions two weeks ago, the worst drought category receded from the southern two-thirds of the county this week, along with all be the northwest corner of Bent County, the southeast corner of Pueblo County, and parts of northern Las Animas County.

Baca County Crash Injures 2, Kills 1

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A two-vehicle crash in Baca County around 9:30 Wednesday night left a Texas man dead and two more people with injuries.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the crash occurred on Highway 287 13 miles north of Springfield when a 2013 GMC Yukon driven by Justin Wayne Murdock, 35, of Gruver, Texas, drifted into the southbound lane. Murdock was traveling north at the time. His vehicle collided with a 2018 Volvo semi-tractor and trailer driven by Mykola Zhalanavski, 34, of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

Voluntary Fishing Closures Set in Western Colorado

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Due to high water temperatures and low flows, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is implementing voluntary fishing closures between 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. on sections of the Eagle River, Colorado River, Crystal River, and Roaring Fork River in Northwest Colorado. The fishing closure is effective immediately, until further notice.

Although anglers are not legally prohibited from fishing in these stretches, CPW is asking anglers to fish early in the day and find alternative places to fish until conditions improve.

Emergency Fishing Closure on Yampa River Lifted

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is lifting the mandatory fishing closure on the sixth-tenth mile section of the Yampa River below the dam at Stagecoach State Park, effective immediately.

Due to minimal snowpack this past winter resulting in low stream flow during the hottest time of the year, the agency implemented the closure on June 14 to protect the popular fishery.

Since then, CPW has been continuously monitoring conditions on this stretch of river.