'Bomb Cyclone' Due to Hit Central United States

'Bomb Cyclone' Due to Hit Central United States

Some of Colorado's busiest highways are closed as a raging storm brings heavy snow to a wide swath of the West and Midwest.

When this big a drop in air pressure happens, more air gets drawn into the center of the storm which infers that the storm is rapidly intensifying. FEMA Region 8 - which covers Colorado, Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming - advised residents to have a 3-day supply food/water, battery-powered radio, flashlights and portable chargers on hand for the expected power outages associated with the wind gusts up to 75-80 miles per hour in the region.

'It will be a quick, but powerful storm. with the worst of it probably late morning or afternoon'.

A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond.

Sustained wind speeds of 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts of more than 60 mph are expected over most of New Mexico, western Texas, central and western Oklahoma.

On March 13 the cyclone began to unleash its fury in Colorado, where some locations saw up to a foot and a half of snow.

All six runways at Denver International Airport were shuttered, along with the main road into the airport due to drifting, blowing snow.

Forecasters said the winds would pile snow into deep drifts. A blizzard warning is in effect for Denver.

"'We are anticipating some possible delays and cancellations, be sure to check your flight status with your airline". Meanwhile, hundreds of flights were canceled at Denver International Airport, and almost 40 were grounded in Colorado Springs.


Widespread, heavy snows are expected between Wednesday and Thursday across the Central High Planes and Upper Mississippi Valley, according to NWS.

"Flash flooding is possible if ice jams clog rivers and streams, the weather service noted", according to CNN. We started with heavy rain this morning, that quickly turned over to heavy snow with gusty winds.

Warnings extended to North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, where the storm was expected to hit Thursday.

It said: 'Heavy snow is likely to spread across the Rockies and into the Plains.

Travel could be very hard during this time, the weather service warns, as the combination of wind and snow leads to poor visibility and road conditions, as well as the risk of wind damaging trees.

It claimed blizzard conditions are possible for the Central and Northern High Plains. Because the storm ranges across a wide swath of the US, the system's impact will differ depending on where it hits.

The avalanche came in between an earlier disturbance and Winter Storm Taylor.

Dozens of avalanches were reported in the Rockies, including one near Copper Mountain, Colorado, that buried cars on Highway 91 on March 7.

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