Blizzard, fierce winds expected to clobber US Plains states

Blizzard, fierce winds expected to clobber US Plains states

Martin Thompson clears snow from the sidewalk on March 13, 2019, during a winter storm in Casper, Wyo.

The storm system, described by the National Weather Service (NWS) as "historic" and "incredible", brought high winds, rain, and snow to a huge swath of the country, including the Rocky Mountains, the Plains, the Mississippi Valley, and the Great Lakes region.

The winter storm has been linked to at least one death. A Colorado State Patrol corporal was reported dead in the Weld County when a vehicle lost control due to the bad weather.

In Colorado, a state patrol officer was hit and killed by a vehicle as he was helping another driver who slid off Interstate 76 near Denver.

The Nebraska State Patrol has closed Interstate 80 from the Wyoming border east to North Platte as well as all state highways in the Nebraska Panhandle as a late-winter blizzard swept into the state.

The system will start to weaken Wednesday night into Thursday, and therefore the wind will start to weaken, but it will still be significant.

Parts of Interstates 80 and 25 were closed in Wyoming because of heavy snow and whiteout conditions. "If people can avoid coming to the airport that will be the best for everyone".

Significant weather was impacting the central United States Wednesday and was expected to bring travel to a stop in some areas it would be so severe.

Cpl. Daniel Groves
Cpl. Daniel Groves

School districts in the seven-county Denver metropolitan were closed, along with most city and state government offices and many businesses.

The NWS was uring people in the area of the storm to closely monitor all weather alerts and travel advisories for their own safety throughout the storm.

It was supposed to be a brief layover on her flight home from the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, but it turned into an overnight stay.

A bomb cyclone, also called Bombogenesis, is a storm, which can be tropical or non-tropical in nature, and strengthens at a fast face, according to Accuweather. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also issued a state of emergency on Tuesday.

Rural roads were swamped by high water in Nebraska and Iowa, and forecasters said more flooding was on the way.

A bomb cyclone pertains to a drop of 24 millibars, a measure of pressure, in 24 hours.

Experts said the intense and ferocious winter storm is predicted to wallop areas from the Rockies all the way to the upper Midwest, bringing winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour. Winds also forced the evacuation of the local airport's control tower and knocked out power in the Texas Panhandle and in eastern New Mexico. Here's what the National Weather Service said about bomb cyclones.

"Heavy rains.isolated flooding and severe weather will accompany these thunderstorms as they march fairly quickly eastward", the weather service predicts.




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