Major Winter Storm Grounds Flights, Closes Parts Of Interstates

A late-winter blizzard pounded the US central Plains states on Wednesday (March 13), bringing high winds and as much as two feet of snow, disrupting air and road travel, as well as causing widespread power outages amid frigid temperatures.

The winter storm has been linked to at least one death. A Colorado State Patrol corporal was struck by a vehicle in Weld County while assisting another motorist who had driven off Interstate 76, losing his life.

Polis spokeswoman Shelby Weiman said Wednesday the state Emergency Operations Center and the Department of Transportation are working with local counties "to prioritize the most immediate needs for those resources".

The patrol advised motorists on Wednesday not to travel.

Winter storm warnings are in effect in multiple states, including parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota, CNN reports.

The National Weather Service says the intense weather might have peaked - but isn't letting up yet.

"An intense storm across the central Plains will continue to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains and Rockies through Thursday, where travel remains hard", the weather service said.

Government workers in Denver, Wyoming and South Dakota were told to stay home and many colleges also closed their campuses.

A powerful storm system reaching from border to border has been wreaking havoc as it sweeps across the Midwest, bringing blizzard conditions, severe thunderstorms and flooding. Portions of western Texas have already seen winds between 70 and 80 miles per hour, with some even going beyond 80 mph, according to Rinde.

The storm's center was over Iowa and Nebraska on Thursday and will continue delivering risky weather conditions to 105 million people who are under some sort of watch, warning or advisory as it moves east and then north into Canada.

The ongoing bomb cyclone - dubbed "Snowmageddon 2019" by some - is expected to wreak havoc on the central USA until Friday. City of Lone Tree, Colo.

The storm's heavy rainfall has caused major flooding and damaged roads and bridges in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

Rural roads were swamped by high water in Nebraska and Iowa, and forecasters said more flooding was on the way.

Models had hinted this storm would become a meteorological "bomb" with its central barometric pressure dropping 24 millibars or more in 24 hours.

It's all because a "bomb cyclone" hit Colorado.

In Texas, more than 69,000 people had no power, according to Jen Myers, spokeswoman for provider Oncor.

Almost 3,100 flights have been canceled over two days as a "bomb cyclone" makes its way across parts of the country, unleashing blizzard conditions and hurricane-force winds. Mainly just rain showers are expected as the storm's cold front pushes toward the Eastern Seaboard. A few tornadoes were also confirmed across ArkLaTex, Mississippi and Kansas.

Vanessa Coleman

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