Midwest digs out, South braces for its own storm

15 April, 2019, 00:24 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Horses stand during a snowstorm that hit Colorado in February

"Dangerous travel conditions are expected".

Flooding will be a concern for parts of South Dakota that were hit by the "bomb cyclone" last month.

The weather service posted an ice storm warning into Friday morning for a portion of southern Minnesota, warning that thick ice could accumulate on power lines and lead to outages. High winds are making travel even more treacherous.

Mike Connelly, a weather service meteorologist in Aberdeen, South Dakota, said this week's storm system drew up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as it moved out of the Rocky Mountains.

Minnesota's spring interlude gives way to a powerful snowstorm, with possible depths of a foot or more in parts of the state. In the eastern part of the state, the sheriff's departments of Deuel and Hamlin counties asked that people refrain from driving through Thursday.

"Roads are becoming impassable", the National Weather Service said.

Interstate 29 in South Dakota from Sioux Falls to the North Dakota border remains closed.

A driver died Wednesday when a pickup truck crashed into a Denver International Airport (DIA) snow plow, according to CNN affiliate KMGH.

"An Extreme Risk of fire danger is in place in the Storm Prediction Center's Fire Weather Outlook for the Southern High Plains".

State troopers in Minnesota responded to 31 jackknifed tractor trailers, 286 spinouts and 150 crashes by Thursday afternoon, most occurring along Interstate 94, according to Sergeant Jesse Grabow.


Tim Walz declared a state of emergency in 64 counties and three tribal nations, authorizing the National Guard to provide emergency aid to those dealing with the storm or flooding, including residents in Oslo where the Red River continued to rise.

A bomb cyclone is a rapidly strengthening storm in which pressure drops 24 millibars (a unit of pressure) within 24 hours. Damages and losses to property, cattle and crops in Nebraska and Iowa alone were estimated at more than $3 billion.

It seemed more like late January than mid-April when this second "bomb cyclone" struck millions of Americans.

"So I've seen all these weather reporters acting like this is a big storm for Denver", Stephen Felt Tweeted. By Wednesday, temperatures were in the mid- to upper 30s.

April snow isn't unheard of there.

Some of the snow might be tinted orange, the Twin Cities NWS said. An unusual but not rare weather phenomenon known as "thunder snow" - snow accompanied by thunder and lightning - was reported Wednesday in central South Dakota. The Red River is now flooding in some areas, and the extra precipitation likely will exacerbate that. "This will feature blizzard conditions and some ice on the cold side with severe thunderstorms on the warm side".

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds urged Iowans to make preparations for flooding. Texas saw 88 mph wind gusts, while they hit 77 mph in areas of New Mexico and 66 mph in parts of Nevada.

Wind gusts upwards of 100 miles per hour were reported Wednesday in eastern Colorado, Hurley said.

Frontier and United airlines will allow passengers scheduled to travel Wednesday or Thursday within the Plains area to change their tickets at no charge.

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