Late winter 'bomb cyclone' set to strike Midwest

Late winter 'bomb cyclone' set to strike Midwest

Satellites are watching the insane winter storm develop and it looks like a doozy.

Wind gusts could reach 50 to 70 miles per hour across Wyoming, northeast Colorado, western Nebraska and western South Dakota, the Weather Prediction Center said. Gusts of 75 and 80 miles per hour were reported at Denver International Airport, the National Weather Service said.

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

'While not a tropical system, winds will rival what's seen in a Category 1 hurricane, ' said meteorologist Ryan Maue.

The storm, while more intense in its overall impact than other weather events that generally in hit mid-March, is not too unusual for this time of the year, says Matt Rinde, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather.

The window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. "DO NOT EVEN ATTEMPT TO DRIVE IN THIS STORM!" the weather service's office in Boulder said on Twitter.

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 could pile up snow into deep drifts.

This is a big part of why wind alerts extend from Nevada to MS and why blizzard warnings are in place for parts of the Rockies.

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"'We are anticipating some possible delays and cancellations, be sure to check your flight status with your airline".

In Sioux Falls, many flights were canceled at its regional airport because of visibility of less than 1/8 of a mile.

The NWS has issued flood watches along the Missouri River throughout the Midwest and Great Plains through midday Thursday.

"Flash flooding is possible if ice jams clog rivers and streams, the weather service noted", according to CNN. High winds could cause power outages, or brown outs, authorities warn. Blizzard conditions could spread into the Northern Plains region by Thursday morning.

Watches, warnings and advisories for the storm cover about 1.5 million square miles, which is roughly half of the area of the continental United States - and they stretch from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.

The storm is forecast to bring heavy rains, severe thunderstorms, heavy snows, high winds and blizzard-like conditions through Friday from the central Rockies, across the Plains into the Mississippi Valley and into the upper Great Lakes.

"The heavy snow and visibility near zero will create extremely risky travel conditions, and power outages are also possible", according to the weather service.

The website reported that conditions are starting to deteriorate, including blizzard conditions, in the High Plains.

A large swath of the US was under a variety of warnings, advisories, and warnings.

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