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'Bomb cyclone' snow, wind impacts Midwest, Great Lakes

'Bomb cyclone' snow, wind impacts Midwest, Great Lakes

"If we have a freeze-and-thaw cycle for a couple of different days, it may create some more pothole issues", Gutknecht said. "But.it's worth repeating. Stay safe out there!" Colorado DOT closed 150 miles of Interstate 76, and Interstate 70 was closed between Kansas and the Denver metro area, CPR said.

The blizzard, dubbed a "bomb cyclone" because of its rapidly intensifying funnel shape, is the second one to hit the region over the past month. As much as 25 inches of snow had been reported in northeastern South Dakota, with snowfall forecast to continue into Friday in that state, Minnesota and southeastern North Dakota.

Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central US on Thursday and began moving into the Great Lakes region, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people and creating hazardous travel conditions a day after pummeling Colorado.

But while the storm did not bomb out by definition, Guy said, it was still extremely powerful and produced wind gusts in excess of hurricane strength.

Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central US on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people and creating hazardous travel conditions a day after pummeling Colorado. The deluge resulted in more than $3 billion in damage to property and crops in Nebraska and Iowa alone.

At one point on Thursday, at least 500 crashes were reported on roads and highways in Minnesota.

"Travel will be very hard to impossible" Wednesday evening into Friday morning, a National Weather Service office in Nebraska said, using language almost mirrored by offices throughout the region.

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In South Dakota, the sheriff's departments of Deuel and Hamlin counties asked people to refrain from driving through Thursday as the blizzard shut down parts of interstates.

"Roads will become snow and slush covered leading to slippery conditions this afternoon and evening. The fewer cars on the road during bad weather, the better".

Still, the storm closed schools and government offices in both states and some schools delayed reopening Thursday morning. The city likely will see warm temperatures, wind, showers and thunderstorms, with very low chance of severe weather. Of those, 33 involved injuries, authorities tweeted.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says "the National Guard stands ready" to rescue any stranded motorists.

Just this week, Denver was basking in springlike conditions with 78 degrees Tuesday, a near-record high for that date. By late Wednesday morning, temperatures were in the mid- to upper 30s.

Whiteout conditions were reported Wednesday night northeast of Denver to the Nebraska state line, Colorado Public Radio reported. Minneapolis schools will make a decision Thursday morning on whether schools will be open.

Some areas of western Minnesota and southeast South Dakota were expected to get up to 30 inches of wet, heavy snow, the NWS said. The Red River is now flooding in some areas, and the extra precipitation likely will exacerbate that.