Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Powerful storm winding down, but still creating travel woes

Powerful storm winding down, but still creating travel woes

The Twin Cities area also is in a winter storm watch and a blizzard warning was issued on a line from Redwood Falls to the St. Cloud area. Eastern North Dakota is under a flood warning.

"We are waiting to see what happens when the snow melts", she said, noting that warm temperatures since then have thawed the ground and could result in less flooding. "'s worth repeating. Stay safe out there!" Interstate 70 is also closed between Kansas and the Denver metro area.

The Plains could get more than 2 feet of snow by Friday morning, and South Dakota is bracing for a possible 30 inches. Denver Public Schools announced delayed starts Thursday for some campuses due to weather.

Snow began in the Plains and Upper Midwest Wednesday, and continues on Thursday from eastern Colorado and northwestern Kansas into parts of western and central Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, northern and central Wisconsin and northern MI.

But while the storm did not bomb out by definition, Guy said, it was still extremely powerful and produced wind gusts in excess of hurricane strength. Winds in excess of 50 miles per hour (80.46 kph) also were expected, creating life-threatening conditions.

In some states, getting from one point to another will be a nightmare.

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.

"We look back at the top 10 largest snow events and we've seen several 10-inch events in April stretching back to 1893", Hewett said.

"Roads are becoming impassable".

Both storms are known as a "bomb cyclone", a weather phenomenon that entails a rapid drop in air pressure and a storm strengthening explosively, according to David Roth, a forecaster at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in Maryland.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Wednesday closed state government offices in 52 counties under a blizzard warning, according to a statement from her office. Wesley brings a threat of dry conditions and wind gusts in the Southwest, which could spark risky wildfires, CNN reported.

In Minnesota alone, state patrolmen had responded to at least 213 crashes, CNN reported. Of those, 33 involved injuries, authorities tweeted.

During a February blizzard, the National Guard rescued and housed drivers stranded in the southern Minnesota county.

Just this week, Denver was basking in springlike conditions with 78 degrees Tuesday, a near-record high for that date.

It will bring with it heavy snow, freezing rain and, in some areas, impossible travel conditions. Minneapolis schools will make a decision Thursday morning on whether schools will be open.

The Red River is experiencing significant flooding because of melting snow, with this new storm likely prolonging the high water.

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