#ClimateChange: Bomb Cyclone Hits Central US With Heavy Snow, Hurricane Force Winds

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A powerful storm is unleashing a ferocious mix of snow, rain and wind across the central United States on Wednesday.

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Over 1,000 flights have already been cancelled due to the storm, mostly in Denver, and more than 100,000 customers are without power in Texas. Wind gusts of more than 75 mph were reported Wednesday morning at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

 

“While not a tropical system, winds will rival what’s seen in a Category 1 hurricane,” said weathermodels.com meteorologist Ryan Maue.

The worst weather is forecast for the Plains, from Texas up to the Dakotas. “We expect a major blizzard to unfold with winds likely to approach hurricane force, heavy snow and massive drifts,” according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

 

On Wednesday, 1-2 feet of snow and howling winds will lash portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas and Nebraska, where blizzard warnings are in effect. The National Weather Service warned of “impossible travel conditions.”

 

“You risk becoming stranded if you attempt to travel through these conditions,” it said.

 

In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts issued an emergency declaration as the storm approached.

 

A blizzard warning was issued for Denver, where 4-8 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 44 mph are forecast for Wednesday. At Denver International Airport, hundreds of flights have been canceled.

 

Wild, destructive winds, gusting more than 100 mph, are forecast in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado, where widespread power outages are possible. Blowing dust will reduce visibility to less than a mile at times. The weather service office in Midland/Odessa, Texas, said Wednesday could be “the windiest day in years.”

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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