Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

'Bomb Cyclone' Winter Storm Moving Across Central U.S.

'Bomb Cyclone' Winter Storm Moving Across Central U.S.

It's called a "bomb cyclone", which is a rapid drop in pressure over 24 hours. Some locations could receive up to two feet of snow.

"They typically do get strong systems this time of the year in that part of the country, but this one is may be a notch stronger than what you typically see", said meteorologist Marc Chenard of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. By Friday the storm will hit Tennessee and parts of MS and northern Louisiana where as much as 4 inches of rain could fall and tornadoes are expected. According to CNN, all the watches, warnings, and advisories stretch over 1.5 million square miles, aka around half of the continental United States, from Mexico to Canada, and more than 55 million people are under a high wind threat. The National Weather Service warned of heavy rains, severe thunderstorms, flooding, heavy snows, blizzard conditions, and heavy winds across the central US over the next two days. The majority of those cancellations were flights destined for or originating at Denver International Airport (DIA), where a blizzard warning is in effect. Wind gusts of 50mph to 70mph are expected across Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, while some areas could see hurricane-force gusts of 100mph. According to Flight Aware, there have been more than 1,000 flight delays within the USA and more than 1,400 flights have been canceled.

Active thunderstorms are predicted for the south and southeast area of the central plains, according to the National Weather Service.

More than six inches of heavy, wet snow is expected in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

The storm will also bring heavy rain to areas of eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota that already have a good deal of snow on the ground, the NWS said.

The National Weather Service Denver/Boulder said, "Blizzard conditions are likely across the northern mountains, northern foothills, Palmer Divide and adjacent plains".

Heavy rain is expected Wednesday night through Thursday throughout the region, which may lead to flooding, AccuWeather says.

The latest update from the Cheyenne Office of the National Weather Service is now calling for up to two feet of snow in some areas, along with unsafe winds and risky travel conditions. "Lots of blowing snow, lots of high winds, drifting snow".

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