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'Bomb Cyclone' Winter Storm Moving Across Central U.S.

'Bomb Cyclone' Winter Storm Moving Across Central U.S.

The storm was also expected to bring heavy rain to areas of eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota that already have a good deal of snow on the ground, raising the threat of river flooding, the weather service said.

More than 1,400 flights had been canceled by Wednesday morning, according to FlightAware.

The National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado, issued a blunt message Tuesday: "Please cancel any travel plans Wednesday afternoon and evening especially east of I-25, and stay tuned for further updates!" A drop in the barometric pressure generally accompanies "bad weather": wind, thunder, snow and rain.

All six runways at Denver International Airport were shut down, along with the main road into the airport due to drifting, blowing snow. 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.

"'We are anticipating some possible delays and cancellations, be sure to check your flight status with your airline".

Denver is under a blizzard warning, and snow accumulations of five to eight inches are expected.

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Snowfall totals through 1:30 p.m. range from 14 inches near Jamestown to 2 to 9 inches across the city and just a small amount across northern Colorado. It will move through the Upper Mississippi Valley and Upper Great Lakes region on Thursday, NWS said.

A large swath of the USA was under a variety of warnings, advisories, and warnings.

The National Weather Service Denver/Boulder said, "Blizzard conditions are likely across the northern mountains, northern foothills, Palmer Divide and adjacent plains".

"Very high winds will also affect large portions of the Southern to Central High Plains where high wind warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service offices across these areas", the NWS' Weather Prediction Center wrote. By early afternoon, more than 9 inches of snow had been reported west of Boulder, and winds gusting above 50 miles per hour were whipping through central portions of the state.

In contrast, temperatures in NY were milder today with sunshine.

The avalanche came in between an earlier disturbance and Winter Storm Taylor. CBS Denver reporter Jamie Leary documented how the wind almost blew her - as well as her selfie stick - away when she exited her news van.