Snow, wind to continue pummeling Denver metro area through Wednesday evening

Snow, wind to continue pummeling Denver metro area through Wednesday evening

Snow, wind to continue pummeling Denver metro area through Wednesday evening

Amid the expected severe weather, more than 1,200 flights within, into or out of the USA were canceled as of Wednesday morning, according to the website FlightAware.

In New Mexico, heavy winds contributed to the derailment of a 26-car train near the village of Logan, according to a tweet from the state police.

The intense winter storm, called a "bomb cyclone", occurs through a process known as bombogenesis. A blizzard warning is in effect for parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming.

The storm system is expected to weaken by Thursday as it moves over the Tennessee River Valley, bringing mostly rain from MI southward to the Gulf Coast and some remaining snow only in the far northern parts of the country, the weather service said. "The central and southern mountains will see the highest snow accumulations with 10 to 20 inches expected through Thursday morning and upwards of 2 feet or more in the San Juan Mountains". A wind gust clocked in at 156 km/h in Colorado Springs. She said the snow was so blinding and numbing, and the wind was whipping so hard, she didn't feel safe walking to a hospital that was just down the road.

The storm could rival one that hit the region in 1979 in terms of the extent of heavy snowfall, according to meteorologist Richard Emanuel with the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, where wind was gusting to 60 miles per hour (96 kph) with heavy snow.

The window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. We started with heavy rain this morning, that quickly turned over to heavy snow with gusty winds.

Travel may be impossible, CNN reports, and both flights and schools are being canceled in areas where the white-out blizzard may hit.

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Meanwhile, thunderstorms were expected to keep pushing eastward Wednesday from the Southern Plains to the lower to middle Mississippi Valley.

Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Kristi Noem has closed state government offices in 39 central and western counties because of blizzard conditions.

Storm Ulmer will also unleash a powerful wind across the central United States of America through Thursday.

Destructive winds, gusting at more than 100 miles per hour, are expected in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado, where widespread power outages are possible. This system will weaken as it moves to the northeast, meaning that we'll be left with a little rain and some gusty winds at times Thursday night and Friday.

The NWS has issued flood watches along the Missouri River throughout the Midwest and Great Plains through midday Thursday.

'We could have the potential for major river flooding, given the rain and the snow melt, ' meteorologist Mark Chenard said from the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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