Blizzard Set to Hit 6 States, Thousands of Flights Delayed and Cancelled

By Jesse Sokolow on 10 April 2019
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The Rockies along Highway 133 in Colorado

A major winter storm will bring blizzard conditions to the Central/Northern Plains region with the possibility of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Central Plains. The storm will likely impact over four million people.

As of 3 p.m. EDT, blizzard warnings issued by the National Weather Service are in effect for parts of northeastern Colorado to southeastern Wyoming, northwest Kansas, western and central Nebraska, and much of South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota. This includes Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Aspen, Colorado; and Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled as of 3:15 p.m. with 352 departures at Denver International Airport cancelled and 378 arrivals. That number is expected to increase as the day progresses.

Several hundred flights have already been cancelled preemptively for tomorrow due to the storm.

Expect dangerous travel conditions and closed highways once the storm hits.

The storm has strengthened sufficiently to meet criteria for a “bomb cyclone,” said David Roth, a senior forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in a tweet.

A bomb cyclone occurs barometric pressure had drops by a minimum of 24 millibars in a 24 hour period.

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