‘Historic’ April blizzard dumps 18 inches snow on parts of Plains and Upper Midwest as millions brace for ‘life-threatening’ conditions and potential flooding just ONE DAY after Colorado basked in 80 degree sunshine

  • Parts of six states in the Great Plains and Upper Midwest were under a blizzard warning Wednesday
  • Thundersnow was reported in parts of South Dakota near Pierre and Southern Minnesota
  • More than 500 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport causing travel chaos
  • Up to two feet of snow are forecast as the slow-moving storm hovers over the region
  • Forecasters say the massive storm system could break records for April in Great Plains 

A historic blizzard that could break records for April has hit the Great Plains and Upper Midwest.

Parts of six states were under blizzard warnings on Wednesday, in an area that included Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pierre, South Dakota.

Early on Wednesday morning, thundersnow was reported in Pierre and surrounding parts of South Dakota, as well as southern Minnesota.

Snow accumulation had already reached 18 inches in parts of South Dakota by noon on Wednesday, with multiple feet possible by week’s end.

It came as a shocking reversal after warm spring weather in the region – Denver, for instance, saw a high of 78 degrees on Tuesday.

Meteorologists said on Wednesday afternoon that the storm system had met the definition of a ‘bomb cyclone’, in which atmospheric pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.

Parts of six states were under blizzard warnings on Wednesday, in an area that included Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pierre, South Dakota

Parts of six states were under blizzard warnings on Wednesday, in an area that included Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pierre, South Dakota

Alan Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo., attempts to clear ice from his truck's license plate as he prepares to continue the trek to Billings, Mont., while passing through Love's Travel Stop during a blizzard warning hitting southeast Wyoming Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Cheyenne

Alan Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo., attempts to clear ice from his truck’s license plate as he prepares to continue the trek to Billings, Mont., while passing through Love’s Travel Stop during a blizzard warning hitting southeast Wyoming Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Cheyenne

 

A truck travels east on Interstate 80 during a blizzard warning hitting southeast Wyoming and the Colorado Front Range on Wednesday in Cheyenne

A truck travels east on Interstate 80 during a blizzard warning hitting southeast Wyoming and the Colorado Front Range on Wednesday in Cheyenne

 

Snow blocks a walking sign after initial snowfall and before a blizzard warning went into effect for southeast Wyoming on Wednesday in Cheyenne. The storm was bringing snow to an area stretching from Colorado and into Montana

Snow blocks a walking sign after initial snowfall and before a blizzard warning went into effect for southeast Wyoming on Wednesday in Cheyenne. The storm was bringing snow to an area stretching from Colorado and into Montana

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Joshua Carpenter, with Meyer Outdoor Services, sprinkles salt on Peace Plaza sidewalk as snow falls Wednesday in Rochester, Minnesota

Joshua Carpenter, with Meyer Outdoor Services, sprinkles salt on Peace Plaza sidewalk as snow falls Wednesday in Rochester, Minnesota

 

Pedestrians opt for the skyway as snow falls Wednesday in downtown Rochester, Minnesota

Pedestrians opt for the skyway as snow falls Wednesday in downtown Rochester, Minnesota

 

A tractor-trailer was disabled in the bad road conditions near Rapid City, South Dakota on Wednesday

A tractor-trailer was disabled in the bad road conditions near Rapid City, South Dakota on Wednesday

 

Other vehicles ran off the road in the Rapid City area as police urged everyone to avoid travel for any reason

Other vehicles ran off the road in the Rapid City area as police urged everyone to avoid travel for any reason

 

Blizzard conditions are seen in Perkins County, South Dakota on Wednesday morning as snow accumulates

Blizzard conditions are seen in Perkins County, South Dakota on Wednesday morning as snow accumulates

 

Some areas are predicted to see as much as two feet of snow by Friday, as seen in the forecast map above

Some areas are predicted to see as much as two feet of snow by Friday, as seen in the forecast map above

Last month, a deadly bomb cyclone hit Colorado and Nebraska, killing several people.

Forecast models predict that the new storm, which is already disrupting travel with life-threatening blizzard conditions, will increase in strength between Wednesday and Friday, and could produce a blizzard of record proportions.

High spring temperatures will give way to heavy snow, gale-force winds and life-threatening conditions across a swathe of the central United States running from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, according to the National Weather Service.

‘This is potentially a life-threatening storm,’ Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center in Maryland, said Wednesday.

More than 500 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport on Wednesday, about a quarter of its total schedule, according to FlightAware.com, an airline tracking website.

Airport officials said they had snow-removal crews in place.

Conditions were near-whiteout on Wednesday in South Dakota, where state troopers came across this crash

Conditions were near-whiteout on Wednesday in South Dakota, where state troopers came across this crash

 

A view from Wednesday afternoon shows the treacherous conditions in northern South Dakota as snow accumulates

A view from Wednesday afternoon shows the treacherous conditions in northern South Dakota as snow accumulates

 

South Dakota's highway patrol warned of hazardous road conditions in the western part of the state (seen above). 'Please stay home if possible,' the agency warned

South Dakota’s highway patrol warned of hazardous road conditions in the western part of the state (seen above). ‘Please stay home if possible,’ the agency warned

 

'Thunder-sleet' and snow was reported in Brookings, South Dakota (above) on Wednesday morning

‘Thunder-sleet’ and snow was reported in Brookings, South Dakota (above) on Wednesday morning

 

Snow is seen early on Wednesday in Red Lodge, Montana, making roads hazardous and travel dangerous

Snow is seen early on Wednesday in Red Lodge, Montana, making roads hazardous and travel dangerous

The storm is expected to bring blinding, heavy wet snow across the region, likely downing trees and causing widespread power outages, widespread road closures and making driving treacherous, Burke said.

‘It’s slow moving. It won’t push farther east until Friday,’ he said.

Some areas of western Minnesota and southeast South Dakota were expected to get up to 30 inches of wet, heavy snow, the NWS said.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has closed state government offices in 52 counties. Numerous schools around the state have closed.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says ‘the National Guard stands ready’ to rescue any stranded motorists.

Parts of six states were put under blizzard warnings on Wednesday morning, as seen in the map above

Parts of six states were put under blizzard warnings on Wednesday morning, as seen in the map above

 

Wednesday's forecast shows bands of snow and rain covering the Plains and upper Midwest

Wednesday’s forecast shows bands of snow and rain covering the Plains and upper Midwest

 

The storm is not predicted to move much by Thursday, potentially inundating certain areas with feet of snow

The storm is not predicted to move much by Thursday, potentially inundating certain areas with feet of snow

Two factors may limit the flooding effect, forecasters said. Thawed ground will be able to absorb more precipitation than last month’s frozen ground and a fall of heavy snow rather than rain will slow the runoff process.

The coming storm was expected to exacerbate flooding along the Missouri River in areas where dozens of levees were breached in March, exposing communities to future surges.

The river was not expected to crest in areas of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri until between three to five days after the storm.

The storm is expected to weaken and push off into the Great Lakes area and northern Michigan on Friday, bringing more rain and snow, the weather service said.

Minnesota road are covered in ice and snow due to ‘bomb cyclone’
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Areas paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month are getting ready for a SECOND ROUND of BOMB CYCLONE – 2nd UNUSUAL INLAND BOMBOGENESIS in less than a month

Only three weeks after a “bomb cyclone” — one of the most intense storms on record — pummeled the Plains and Midwest, another bombogenesis of similar strength has been forecast. This spring storm seems poised to dump even heavier snow; it could also be followed by another round of significant river flooding. Meteorologists say much of it is normal. But what is unusual is the second consecutive month for an inland bomb cyclone.

 

Areas that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month are getting ready for round two of a weather phenomenon known as a “bomb cyclone.”

Over the past few days, various forecast computer models have shown a blizzard of epic proportions for the north-central Plain States and Upper Midwest. Every time a model is updated, the storm depicted seems to get even more intense. At this point, it seems likely that some of the same areas impacted by devastating flooding just weeks ago are about to get slammed by an historic blizzard Wednesday through Friday.

As of Monday night, the storm system was located in the Pacific Northwest and is moving across the Rockies where it is expected to dump heavy snow into Tuesday to the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado.

The storm will intensify as it enters the central Great Plains on Wednesday. The barometric pressure — a measure of intensity in which lower means stronger — may drop to levels nearly as low as during the record-setting bomb cyclone in mid-March. In fact, this storm could tie or set April low pressure records.

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The WPC forecast for Thursday morning implies that April low pressure records are possible in the central Plains & Midwest.

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As the storm strengthens, it will drag thick Gulf of Mexico moisture northward on a collision course with below freezing temperatures north of the system. It’s forecast to slow down at that point and perhaps even stall for 24 hours. That would mean a prolonged period of blinding heavy snow, wind gusts to 70 mph and near zero visibility in Nebraska, South Dakota, northern Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin from Wednesday through Friday.

The latest computer models put the bullseye for the heaviest snow band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, through Minneapolis east to Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Snow totals could be staggering, with some models showing more than 30 inches in some areas.

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Models are amazingly similar in forecast snowfall – European, Canadian and FV3 (not pictured here) have bullseyes of 30-40 inches. While that seems unlikely because of heavy compacting of spring snow, numbers even close are “off the charts” for April or really any time of year !

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While not out of the question, snowfall of more than 30 inches is less plausible at any time, but especially this late in the season. That’s because in milder spring air, snow tends to be heavier, wetter and more compacted. Still, a narrow band of two feet seems well within reach.

For the sake of comparison, Minneapolis’ biggest snowfall was the Halloween Blizzard of 1991, when 28 inches piled up. The second biggest snowfall there was 21 inches in November 1985.

It wasn’t a coincidence that the two heaviest snows weren’t in the middle of winter. That’s because during mid-winter, the atmosphere is often too cold and dry in the Upper Midwest to support the most substantial snowfalls. In fact, 15 of the 20 biggest snow totals happened outside of the dead of winter. But in autumn and spring, the atmosphere is loaded with more moisture, lending more credibility to the possibility of the forecast spring blockbuster topping the charts.

Regardless of snowfall amounts, it seems certain that copious amounts of water will be squeezed out of the air – a liquid equivalent of two to four inches. Once the snow melts starting this weekend, the water would run off into already flooded rivers in the High Plains and Midwest.

Sunday night, dozens of gauges along the Mississippi, Big Sioux and James rivers were in major or moderate flood stage. Flooding has mostly receded along the Missouri River.

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Across the nation 34 river gauges are in major flood stage, 55 in moderate and many of those are in the Midwest. With 2 feet of snow (water equivalent of 2 to 4 inches) possible mid to late week – and rapid spring melt starting late weekend – concerns for river more flooding.

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Since Jan. 1, that part of the country has seen about twice its normal precipitation. With saturated ground, melting snow is likely to converge into area rivers. With that setup in mind, NOAA issued a rare, strongly worded Spring outlook calling for potentially historic flooding. Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama explained, “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities.

So, when the blizzard ends, attention will need to shift to melting snow and runoff. There’s no telling how significant the flooding will become but given the warning signs, it’s certainly something that needs to be monitored closely.

Welcome to springtime in the Rockies and parts of the Great Plains. That will be the second consecutive month for an inland bomb cyclone. And that’s very unusual.The March 13 bomb cyclone caused massive flooding and produced winds of between 96 and 110 mph. What about the next one in the coming days? (Click to Source)

 

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Prayers for the ranchers out there in South Dakota after historic BLIZZARD buries cattle in feet of snow!

Prayers for the ranchers out there, we sure need a few for Three Mile Creek… South Dakota 2019 blizzard. Thank you to Dale Jessie Vocu for sharing this images of digging in the snow for unburied the cows for the strong winter blizzard this past Wednesday.

South Dakota’s governor closed state offices across much of the state as blizzard conditions move in from the West on Wednesday.

Offices in 49 of South Dakota’s 66 counties were closed Thursday as the National Weather Service warns of blizzard and winter-storm conditions a day after a massive late-winter storm hit Colorado.

Gov. Kristi Noem said only essential personnel in the affected state offices should go to work.

Heavy rain caused flooding in southern and eastern South Dakota, with water covering some roads and highways. Rain and melting snow have caused similar conditions in Iowa.

On Wednesday, blizzard conditions forced the closure of the Rapid City Regional Airport and a 263-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from Chamberlain to the Wyoming border.

The BOMB CYCLONE has broken many records… Even that of burying cattle in feet of snow! Have some prayers for them! (Click to Source)

 
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