'Bomb Cyclone' Due to Hit Central United States

Clay Curtis
March 14, 2019

"This storm will be responsible for heavy rains. severe thunderstorms. isolated flooding. heavy snows. blizzard conditions and high winds over the next two days", the weather service said Wednesday. The rare weather system-the Conversation has a helpful explainer-arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. More than 55 people million are under a high wind threat; more than 10 million are under winter storm threats; and more than 17 million are under a flood threat. 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.

The National Weather Service reported that Denver International Airport saw wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour and heavy snow, comparing the winds to a category 1 hurricane.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a bomb cyclone, or bombogenesis, occurs when the atmospheric pressure of a storm drops 24 millibars in less than 24 hours.

"The heavy snow and visibility near zero will create extremely unsafe travel conditions, and power outages are also possible", according to the National Weather Service. "Severe weather will accompany these thunderstorms", NWS said, as the system moves quickly eastward. Heavy snow is expected in portions of the Rockies and northern Plains, including Denver into Thursday.

The National Weather Service posted a GIF on Wednesday showing the system shaping up. Some areas could see gusts as strong as 110 miles per hour.

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The storm will sweep right through the Rockies, the Upper Midwest, the central and northern Plains and more of the USA heartland. Most of the canceled flights have been at Denver International Airport in Colorado.

The National Weather Service warned the storm would create a myriad of weather hazards across the US through Thursday. United Airlines also cancelled 133 flights. Severe blizzard conditions are expected and several weather warnings are in effect in these areas.

"We're going to see possibly near-zero visibility over the Eastern Plains", Bowen said, according to Colorado Public Radio.

Blizzard and winter storm warnings are in effect for portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota.

"Flash flooding is possible if ice jams clog rivers and streams, the weather service noted", according to CNN.

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