Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Winter Storm Called A 'Bomb Cyclone' Paralyzes Central US

Winter Storm Called A 'Bomb Cyclone' Paralyzes Central US

The storm will move east Thursday, bringing what the National Weather Service calls "a Great Plains cyclone of historic proportions".

Fargo-Moorhead residents are bracing for another round of precipitation as a winter storm is set to hit the area on Wednesday.

It claimed blizzard conditions are possible for the Central and Northern High Plains.

Bria McKenzie, 22, who with her mother, brother and sister, was stuck in her vehicle for more than two hours on a hilly road in Colorado Springs. Temperatures in Denver dropped from 62 degrees Tuesday to 26 degrees by lunchtime Wednesday, light rain transitioning to a heavy, wet snow.

Parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota are under a blizzard warning.

About 50 National Guard soldiers and airmen used specialized vehicles with tank-like treads to rescue 75 people stranded in their cars during the storm.

While the bomb cyclone has brought blizzard conditions to Colorado, it has caused flooding in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri - mostly along the Mississippi River.

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

Schools, businesses and government offices across southern and eastern Wyoming closed on Wednesday in the face of a strong winter storm expected to bring up to 20 inches of snow and high winds to the region.

"We are just answering the phones and writing down on the board the stranded and crossing them off when we get to them", he said.

In New Mexico, heavy winds knocked train cars off the tracks and a funnel cloud was spotted.

Winds could - and have - been clocked at 90 miles per hour. Thankfully no injuries were reported. The southern part of the state as well as the Western Slope are now under winter storm warnings, as meteorologists predict that the storm will result in unsafe conditions. Severe blizzard conditions are expected and several weather warnings are in effect in these areas.

Wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour are expected Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning across Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett said.

Meanwhile, Rapid City Regional Airport said at midday Wednesday that it is closed until further notice because of the approaching storm.

More than 1,400 flights had been canceled by Wednesday morning, according to FlightAware.

As pressure falls, the storm grows stronger and stronger, creating intense high winds and heavy snows.

Winter storm warnings for heavy snow were issued throughout the region, including areas of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Cara Jamison and her neighbors had to leave their homes in Fremont, Nebraska, after water and ice chunks from a flooding Platte River blocked their street.

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