Power Outages, Road Closures As New ''Bomb Cyclone'' Blizzard Hits US

Power Outages, Road Closures As New ''Bomb Cyclone'' Blizzard Hits US

A massive spring storm is bringing blizzard conditions to several central USA states, leading officials to close hundreds of schools and hundreds of miles of roads. Sergeant Jesse Grabow tweeted that he couldn't remember a day with as many tractor trailer incidents.

Interstates were closed for hundreds of miles in the Midwest and Plains Thursday, as a "bomb cyclone" brought a major winter storm to states in those regions.

About half of the daily flights at Denver International Airport were cancelled on Wednesday.

An epic storm in the central part of the United States is forecasted to cause blizzards in states like South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota and wildfire conditions in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma over the next few days.

Snow alerts are still in effect Friday for Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and MI. State Patrol in Minnesota reported that officers have responded to 150 crashes, 286 vehicles that have spun out and off the road and 31 jackknifed semi-trailer trucks.

The storm could bring all-time low-pressure records for the month of April to parts of the plains - but it's not yet clear whether the storm is strong enough to be deemed a "bomb cyclone", according to the Weather Channel report.

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"The historic nature is going to mainly revolve around the snow that we're going to see", Accuweather meteorologist Max Vido.

In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis activated the state's national guard to help stranded motorists, while the blizzard shut down parts of interstates in South Dakota. But it's likely that at least a foot of snow will cover parts of South Dakota, northern Nebraska and southwest and central Minnesota, according to predictions. Officials urged drivers to be cautious, with states such as South Dakota warning people in some counties to stay off the roads completely. The National Weather Service reported that daily snowfall records had already fallen in La Crosse, Wausau and Green Bay. In addition, precipitation this time is expected to be in the form of snow rather than rain, slowing the runoff process.

(ABC News) Snowfall totals will be heaviest throughout South Dakota, northern Nebraska and western Minnesota.

An unusual but not rare weather phenomenon known as "thunder snow" - snow accompanied by thunder and lightning - was reported in central South Dakota. Forecasters in New Mexico said the winds also would make travel hard on north-south oriented roads such as Interstate 25.

Forecasters said it remained unclear whether the storm would reach the definition of a "bomb cyclone", in which atmospheric pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.

But even moderate rises in the Missouri River will push more water ianto drenched Fremont County in southwestern Iowa, Emergency Manager Mike Crecelius said. "Once the storm is done and things start to dry out a bit, we will get back to patching".

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