Blizzard conditions likely for several USA states under 'bomb cyclone' threat

Potential Winter Storm For SE Wyoming Wednesday

Nothing says spring like hurricane-force winds, snow and blizzards.

Gale-force winds of 35-45 miles per hour coming off of Lake Superior are expected on Thursday, with storm-force gusts of 55 miles per hour or more, according to the Weather Service.

Winter storm warnings and watches stretch from the Rockies to the Great Lakes. But predictions now call for an April blizzard that could bring whiteout conditions.

According to The Denver Post, the bomb in bomb cyclone stands for bombogenesis. It's not clear this storm will be strong enough to be deemed a bomb cyclone, as the jet-stream plunge isn't as sharp as last month's storm, but it will certainly be an intense low-pressure system.

The Colorado State Patrol Wednesday urged "employers to consider either fully cancelling work today, or at least allow employees a half day and to go home by noon".

In South Dakota and western Minnesota, rivers will continue to experience moderate to major flooding as additional snow will slow the rate at which waters recede.

The storm could bring significant snow and some minor ice accumulations to other northern areas on Monday. It is also expected to cause problems in Idaho and Montana as it gets closer to its expected meeting with cold air.

Parts of Nebraska on Wednesday are expected to see warm temperatures and severe weather: think tornados, large hail and damaging wind.

But the accumulation will be heaviest in the central part of the state, with up to 10 inches expected in Greenville in Piscataquis County and up to 10 inches in Millinocket and 9 inches in Lincoln in Penobscot County, according to the weather service.

Between 10 and 16 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected across a wide swath of northern Minnesota, with most of the snow falling on Thursday.

To repeat what we've been saying all week long, pavement temperatures will be too warm for snow to stick...roads will just be wet in areas that do get snow...and especially with overnight lows only dropping into the mid 30s (1 to 2 degrees Celsius), which is above freezing.

The phrase bomb cyclone has re-entered the news this week as parts of the central USA face severe weather. "Keep an eye out on the weather forecast". So IF we're going to hit those forecast totals, this will be the most likely window to do so in. "Some of this might be record territory".

The latest forecast calls for a winter storm that could produce "heavy snow" buildup and blizzard conditions across the Plains and Midwest starting Tuesday evening.

The result, the office says, adds up to a "potentially historic spring blizzard".

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