What in the world is a "bomb cyclone?"


Airport employees handed out blankets to accommodate the many passengers who were stuck overnight. The storm is expected to wind down by Thursday evening, though residents should still take caution traveling in case of remaining wind, snow and floods.

On Wednesday morning, some roads were already flooded in the northeastern part of Nebraska, and the National Weather Service issued a flood warning, saying more rain is expected later in the day.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of a major winter storm ranging from the Central Rockies through the Plains. A "bomb cyclone" is defined by an area of low pressure that drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less.

As the storm moves across the USA, a mix of severe weather is expected to accompany it.

Bria McKenzie, 22, said she and her mother, brother and sister were stuck in their vehicle for more than two hours on a hilly road in Colorado Springs.

High wind watches or warnings are affecting more than 20 states. Hurricane force winds could be felt from Colorado all the way to Amarillo, Texas.

Heavy winds were felt as far away as Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in Texas, where there was a gust of 80 miles per hour, comparable to a Category 1, according to the National Weather Service.

Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean noted, "70 million people will potentially be affected by this storm system across the Plains states, bringing blizzard conditions, potential tornadoes and flash flooding". Morning rain in Denver quickly turned to snow by afternoon with the potential of 10 inches of powder to fall in the state's capital, with even more in the mountains and plains to the east.

Cpl. Daniel Groves
Cpl. Daniel Groves

According to Reuters, officials issued alerts to close schools and government buildings across Denver and nearby areas.

Parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota are under a blizzard warning. Travelers should check the airport's website aspenairport.com or their airlines.

The visuals show blowing snow and near white-out conditions in several states across the region, including Colorado and Nebraska.

There were no fatalities, according to the fire department's Facebook page, but there were injuries ranging from minor to serious and emergency responders came from both Colorado and Wyoming.

The storm also contributed to the death of Cpl. And when that much air rushes higher into the atmosphere, it causes severe weather.

"We are at the point where we are rescuing rescuers out there", said Elbert County Manager Sam Albrecht. CBS Denver reports that a drop of 24 to 30 millibars will occur over the state's eastern plains.

"Do not drive cars through areas where water covers the road".

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