The phrase bomb cyclone has re-entered the news this week as parts of the central USA face severe weather.
The first storm is very intense coming out of the central Rockies today, dumping snow and traveling into the central Plains states moving eastward into the western Lakes over the next few days. By Thursday, the system will move to the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley.
By Friday, at noon, the eye of the storm will be over Rochester, Minnesota.
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A blizzard warning is in effect for much of South Dakota and portions of northwestern Nebraska and southwestern Minnesota. According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota can typically see around 3 inches of snow in April.
"This isn't going to be a one-and-done thing", he said.
Historically, this is a five- to 10-year storm for the High Plains that could close down highways and interstates. There's a storm on the way that's going to remind Midwesterners that winter's never over till it's over. Not a huge severe threat it appears, but certainly some hail will be possible with some of the stronger cells that develop. Wind gusts could reach 65 to 70 miles per hour with up to 5 to 10 inches of snow.
Winter Storm Wesley may be the second "bomb cyclone" type storm to hit the midwest in a month, weather watchers warn.
Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the NWS's Weather Prediction Center in Maryland said: "This is potentially a life-threatening storm". Meaning, the snow will melt during the day, refreeze at night. "So, we will release the runoff in a staggered fashion".
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Another extraordinary storm is expected to slam Nebraska this week, piling on misery and possibly more flooding, and maybe making its way into the record books. However, the path is different.
Flooding in the already hard-hit Plains will be exacerbated due to the additional precipitation.
South and east of the Twin Cities, however, a mere handful of inches is in the forecast.
This storm hits in the middle of next week.
Hall hopes his area will see mostly rain this week, but that still can cause problems on the roads.
It's a little early to describe the location of this storm, Moehler says. We also think the need to include Denver proper (and numerous northern/northwestern urban corridor communities) is borderline.
The storm watch has been expanded farther to the northeast.
"A warmer pattern should begin in the last week of April and continue into May".
Our moisture-packed Spring storm - now considered a Bomb Cyclone - is spinning across Colorado and mixing it up with cold air flowing into northeastern areas of the state.