'Bomb Cyclone' Due to Hit Central United States

US One dead thousands of motorists stranded as ‘bomb cyclone’ hits central states

Since Tuesday morning, the storm has dropped 33 millibars. When that much air rushes higher into the atmosphere, it causes severe weather.

In Colorado, a state patrol officer was hit and killed by a vehicle as he was helping another driver who slid off Interstate 76 near Denver. Groves, on the job since 2007, was declared dead at a hospital. No charges had been filed. At the height of the storm, XCel Energy reported over 400,000 customers over Colorado were without electricity.

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"We are at the point where we are rescuing rescuers out there", Albrecht told CNN.

Estimated amount of cars stuck on Interstate 25 near Larkspur. "We're pleased by how our forecasters handled it, and the media has been great in getting the word out", he said.

Winds hit 103 mph in Pine Springs, Tex., and 104 mph in San Augustine Pass, N.M., while a number of locations across Colorado hit 90 mph. Further pressure drops later Wednesday should bring it to Category 2 equivalent. Almost 5,000 people with other utility companies were also without power, officials said. Hurricane force winds could be felt from Colorado all the way to Amarillo, Texas.

Hundreds of miles of interstate and smaller highways were closed in Wyoming and western Nebraska because of whiteout conditions.

"We thought about it, well maybe we'll run over to the hospital _ at least we'll be warm", she said. "This was a very widespread event".

"We will get our state offices open and working at full speed again as soon as it is safe to do so", Gordon added.

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In New Mexico, heavy winds contributed to the derailment of a 26-car train near the village of Logan, according to a tweet from state police. Thankfully no injuries were reported. Heavy snow is expected in portions of the Rockies and northern Plains, including Denver into Thursday. On the streets of Denver, some 125 accidents were reported. This is a serious blizzard! All runways at the airport were closed around early afternoon and remained closed into Wednesday evening.

Coupled with forecasts for winds of hip to 65 miles per hour, the weather service said the storm would create blizzard conditions throughout the region.

"70 million people will potentially be affected by this storm system across the Plains states, bringing blizzard conditions, potential tornadoes and flash flooding", Dean said Wednesday on "FOX & friends". Colorado was seeing some of the most intense impacts of the storm as of Wednesday morning as well as the development of cyclogenesis. The majority of disruptions were for flights in and out of Denver International Airport. Denver is under a blizzard warning, and snow accumulations of five to eight inches are expected.

Multiple Colorado school districts were closed.

On Wednesday, South Dakota's governor also ordered the closure of state government offices in 39 central and western counties due to winter conditions.

Parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota are under a blizzard warning.

The winter storm is so severe that transportation officials in Nebraska shut down all lanes of westbound I-80 at Ogallala starting at 10 a.m.

The storm, which blasted a mix of snow, rain and wind across the central United States on Wednesday, was blamed for a crash that killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper.

"Heavy rains.isolated flooding and severe weather will accompany these thunderstorms as they march fairly quickly eastward", the weather service predicts. Ice jams are a major concern along rivers in this region.

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