Historic Winter Storm Strands Over 1,000 on Highways, Cancels Thousands of Flights in Plains, Midwest

By Jesse Sokolow on 13 March 2019
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A late winter storm slammed the Rockies and Plains on Wednesday.  The winter storm – known as a bomb cyclone – brought damaging winds, violent thunderstorms, severe blizzard conditions, and flooding to the region.

The storm transformed itself into a historic cyclone in under 24 hours, with its central pressure dropping 33 millibars in that time period.

“A Great Plains cyclone of historic proportions is now underway across the central U.S.,” the National Weather Service said on Tuesday.

By Wednesday morning, the storm’s barometric pressure had fallen to the level of a Category 2 hurricane and hurricane-force winds hit Denver with gusts of 80 mph (129 km/h) and Colorado Springs, where gusts reached 97 mph (156 km/h).

Denver International Airport shut down operations at 1:30 p.m. MDT on Wednesday and over 1,390 flights in and out of Denver were cancelled. Pena Boulevard, the main road that leads to the airport, was closed due to blizzard conditions.

The storm resulted in the closure of portions of Interstates 80, 25, 76, and 70 in parts of Nebraska, Wyoming, and California, and over 1,100 motorists required rescue after being stranded on Colorado highways.

Thousands of customers including five hospitals in Denver were without power due to the storm.

Nationwide, over 2,100 flights were cancelled as a result of the storm and an additional 5,200 were delayed. In addition to Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, George Bush Intercontinental, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International airports were the hardest hit.

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