Every S.D. county but Union under a Winter Storm Watch

Every S.D. county but Union under a Winter Storm Watch

Every S.D. county but Union under a Winter Storm Watch

The Rockies and Plains could be hit by the second "bomb cyclone" in two months Wednesday as an April blizzard causes a drastic drop in pressure in cities like Denver, which experienced temperatures of around 80 degrees Tuesday, NPR reports.

The storm is expected to weaken and push off into the Great Lakes area and northern MI on Friday, bringing more rain and snow, the weather service said.

Up to 18 inches of snow will be possible with wind gusts of 45-50 miles per hour in the Dakotas, along with white-out conditions.

The heavy snow will begin Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis.

The storm might not be as bad as last month's but "will be near record intensity for April for this area", said Colorado State Climatologist Russ Schumacher. CDOT also recommends motorists stay home, but if travel is required, to be prepared with an emergency kit, including water, food and blankets, and to check road conditions via COtrip.org prior to traveling. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. Some places could get 12 to 18 or more inches of snow.

The storm has closed schools throughout the region, including Rapid City, South Dakota.

Rivers in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin also are expected to rise again after the storm, and "The National Guard stands ready", said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

Snowfall will taper off and winds should subside Friday morning.

West, Rockies and Plains for the next couple of days.

More than 700 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport on Wednesday, according to FlightAware.com, an airline tracking website. Rather, a warm, subtropical air mass and a cold, Arctic air mass crossed paths, creating the flawless conditions for a rare bombogenesis over the Rockies and Great Plains states.

Blizzard warnings have been issued in the northern Plains, with winter storm warnings from the Continental Divide to the Great Lakes.

A bomb cyclone hit Colorado and Nebraska last month as part of a storm system that killed several people.

That blast dropped heavy snow and led to massive flooding in the Midwest that caused billions of dollars in damage in Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and South Dakota.

"Hopefully this time it will be a slow snowmelt", Roth said.

"Heavy snow will develop in the mountains Wednesday morning and then may spread across the plains Wednesday afternoon", the NWS office in Boulder says.

"We're not out of the woods", Walz said.

Greg Carbin, forecast branch chief for the National Weather Service's Weather Storm Prediction Center, said that while rare, repeat patterns for severe weather are known to occur.

Though it's technically spring, it clearly may be a while before certain parts of the country get to enjoy warmer weather.

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