Up To Two Feet Of Snow Expected In Parts Of SE Wyoming

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2019

A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid pressure drop, falling at least 24 millibars (which measures atmospheric pressure) over 24 hours known as bombogenesis.

The National Weather Service has issued high wind and winter storm advisories for an area ranging from Colorado and New Mexico over to Nebraska and parts of Texas, and up to South Dakota.

People who live there should expect blizzard conditions, heavy wind gusts and possible tornadoes and flooding.

Blizzard conditions are expected in much of Colorado and parts of Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota on Wednesday, the National Weather Service predicted.

Almost 1,000 flights coming in and going out of Denver International Airport have been cancelled as of Wednesday morning, according to FlightAware.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms were expected to keep pushing eastward Wednesday from the Southern Plains to the lower to middle Mississippi Valley.

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

Travel will be unsafe and nearly impossible in some places. Severe blizzard conditions are expected and several weather warnings are in effect in these areas.

A 250-mile (402-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to Rock Springs in southern Wyoming was closed, along with a 300-mile (483-kilometer) section of Interstate 25 from Buffalo, Wyoming, to the Colorado border. Southwest, Frontier and United have all canceled flights, Denver Airport wrote on Twitter.

Denver itself is expected to get snow accumulations of about 5 to 8 inches.

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.

Destructive winds, gusting at more than 100 miles per hour, are expected in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado, where widespread power outages are possible. Some areas could see gusts as strong as 110 miles per hour.

The storm is forecast to rapidly intensify overnight Wednesday east of the Colorado Rockies and trek slowly northeast through Thursday, bringing a variety of extreme weather from New Mexico to the Midwest.

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

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