Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

‘Bomb Cyclone’ May Have Set Unofficial State Low Pressure In Colorado

‘Bomb Cyclone’ May Have Set Unofficial State Low Pressure In Colorado

A "bomb cyclone" (also known as Bombogenesis) happens when a cyclone develops so fast that it drops the atmospheric pressure by at least 24 millibars, according to NOAA.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of a major winter storm ranging from the Central Rockies through the Plains. The National Weather Service warned of heavy rains, severe thunderstorms, flooding, heavy snows, blizzard conditions, and heavy winds across the central USA over the next two days.

This storm is not expected to bring those kind of conditions to Alabama, but it could kick off a few strong to severe storms as it pulls a cold from through the state on Thursday.

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

The storm brought blizzard conditions to parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota.

The Lower Mississippi Valley and southern Plains will experience thunderstorms with heavy rain and flooding.

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Travel will be risky, if not impossible, at times, across the front range where the blizzard warning has been issued.

In the Denver area, blowing snow could cause risky blizzard conditions.

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

It already left more than 100,000 customers without power in Colorado as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Xcel Energy. A blizzard warning is in effect for Denver.

Denver itself is expected to get snow accumulations of about 5 to 8 inches. Some areas could see gusts as strong as 100 miles per hour, which is equivalent to the wind speed of a Category 2 hurricane. 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 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 storm is expected to wind down by Thursday evening, though residents should still take caution traveling in case of remaining wind, snow and floods. Flash flooding is possible if ice jams clog rivers and streams, the weather service noted.

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