Late winter 'bomb cyclone' set to strike Midwest

Saul Bowman
March 14, 2019

"'We call storms that drop 24 millibars in 24 hours a bomb, a bombogenesis, the beginning of a cyclone.' The more technical (and less eye-catching) term is a baroclinic midlatitude cyclone". 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 maybe a notch stronger than what you typically see", said meteorologist Marc Chenard of the weather service told the news outlet.

Among the areas expected to get hit hard: the central-northern Plains, the upper Midwest and the Rockies.

CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett said gusts of wind hitting 50 to 70 miles per hour are forecast to hit Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning, according to the station. 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. Per CNN, "more than [45 million] people are under a high wind threat; more than 10 million are under winter storm threats; and more than 15 million are under a flood threat". 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.

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

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

The storm could dump between 12 and 18 inches of snow - and as much as 26 inches in parts of the corridor, according to the weather service.

Cities in the current path of the heaviest area of snow include Cheyenne, Wyoming; Sidney, Nebraska; Pierre, South Dakota; and Fargo, North Dakota.

By Thursday, the storm system will weaken as it moves over the Tennessee River Valley, bringing mostly rain from MI southward to the Gulf Coast and some remaining snow only in the far northern parts of the country, he added. Heavy snow is expected in portions of the Rockies and northern Plains, including Denver into Thursday.

The National Weather Service warned residents of Boulder, Colo. against traveling on Wednesday afternoon and evening, citing the possibility of icy roads, whiteout conditions, and strong winds, according to CNN.

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

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