Winter Storm Brings Heavy Snow and High Winds Across Central US

Leroy Wright
March 14, 2019

It's also a drop of over 30 millibars in under 24 hours which more than exceeds the definition of a bomb cyclone. "With severe weather on the southern side, blizzard conditions on the northern side, the concern for flooding, and then, the winds that are outside of the thunderstorms".

The National Weather Service said the "highly impactful winter storm" will intensify over the Central Rockies before pushing eastward through the Central Plains.

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

FEMA Region 8 - which covers Colorado, Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming - advised residents to have a 3-day supply food/water, battery-powered radio, flashlights and portable chargers on hand for the expected power outages associated with the wind gusts up to 75-80 miles per hour in the region.

The National Weather Service posted a GIF on Wednesday showing the system shaping up. 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". CBS Denver reported more than 1,300 flights have been canceled there because of weather conditions. The majority of those cancellations are at Denver International Airport (DIA), where a blizzard warning is in effect. Fargo-Moorhead is on the edge of an area of southeast North Dakota and west-central Minnesota that could see up to 4 inches of rain and freezing rain before snow moves in on Thursday.

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'We could have the potential for major river flooding, given the rain and the snow melt, ' meteorologist Mark Chenard said from the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

More than six inches of heavy, wet snow is expected in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

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

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

Winter Storm Taylor has already spread snow and gusty winds from coast to coast across the northern tier of the U.S.in early March. "Widespread blowing snow will reduce visibility to near zero at times".

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