Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

70 million in path of 'bomb cyclone' across central US

70 million in path of 'bomb cyclone' across central US

A "bomb cyclone" is defined by an area of low pressure that drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less.

"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. The major storm will continue to strengthen Wednesday in the Central Rockies, pushing east to the Central Plains.

Weather officials said a wind gust of 97 miles per hour was recorded in Colorado Springs. Hazards include heavy snow and severe storms with possible tornadoes and flooding into Thursday.

Travel may be impossible, CNN reports, and both flights and schools are being canceled in areas where the white-out blizzard may hit.

'The calm before the storm, ' Denver International Airport said on Tuesday on Twitter as the airport prepared for the blizzard. 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.

Southwest Airlines has canceled all departures out of DIA after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Emily Williams, an airport spokeswoman.

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Heavy blowing snow has already caused highway closures in Colorado and Wyoming, and the Nebraska State Patrol shut down all state highways in the Nebraska Panhandle in addition the closure Interstate 80 from the Wyoming border to North Platte, which is about halfway to Omaha.

Snow showers will push through the Beehive State Wednesday, according to Dan Guthrie of KSL Weather.

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

The NWS has issued flood watches along the Missouri River throughout the Midwest and Great Plains through midday Thursday. We've got more details about where the scary storm is heading.

'The heavy snow and visibility near zero will create extremely risky travel conditions, and power outages are also possible'. Several additional states are under a high wind warning, flood warning and winter storm warning, NWS reported.

The weather event concluded its cross-country journey on March 10 by spreading snow and gusty winds through parts of New England and the northern Great Lakes.

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