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14 March 2019, 12:33 | Glen Norman
A policeman talks to a driver as snow clogs the roads in Lone Tree Colorado
High winds. That's the menu for a dramatic bomb cyclone weather system that's developing over the central United States on Wednesday. The rare weather system-the Conversation has a helpful explainer-arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. The weather service plans to release more details about the storm at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. 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 expected to reach the criteria of a "bomb cyclone" because it's going to strengthen by dropping 24 millibars in 24 hours, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.
According to the Weather Channel, the winter storm is expected to increase in strength throughout Wednesday, with heavy winds and snow continuing into Thursday. "Severe weather will accompany these thunderstorms", NWS said, as the system moves quickly eastward.
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More than six inches of heavy, wet snow is expected in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The weather service office in Midland/Odessa, Texas, said Wednesday could be 'the windiest day in years, USA Today reported.
By Thursday, the storm system will weaken as it moves over the Tennessee River Valley, bringing mostly rain from MI southward to the Gulf Coast and some remaining snow only in the far northern parts of the country, he added.
A storm system that could generate severe weather in Alabama tomorrow is bringing "historic" blizzard conditions to parts of the Great Plains today, according to the National Weather Service. Because the storm ranges across a wide swath of the US, the system's impact will differ depending on where it hits. Most of the canceled flights have been at Denver International Airport in Colorado. Some areas could see gusts as strong as 100 miles per hour, which is equivalent to the wind speed of a Category 2 hurricane. Snow will blanket the areas where blizzard conditions are likely, such as parts of Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
Travel may be impossible, CNN reports, and both flights and schools are being canceled in areas where the white-out blizzard may hit.
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