Although spring may have arrived in much of the country, a major snowstorm at the end of the season threatens to create blizzard conditions in the central United States – and the impact of the "cyclone bomb" "could be felt at the national level.
The National Meteorological Service's Weather Forecasting Center announced Tuesday that the "major" storm system in development would first bring snow to the Cascades before spreading in the northwestern High Rocks in the middle of the week.
"A snowstorm my friends, in April, this happens in parts of South Dakota, heading to Nebraska, then to Wisconsin," said Janice Dean, Fox News senior meteorologist, in FOX & Friends. "We could see more of a foot of snow and wind and the future flooding potential, as well as ice."
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The storm coming from the Pacific Ocean is expected to intensify and form a new "bomb hurricane" inland. A cyclone bomb is a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure – at least 24 millibars in 24 hours – and is often above or near oceans or seas because it requires warm, moist air that decomposes cold and dry air, as well as an unstable climate due to jet-stream.
Heavy snowfall and strong winds from the storm are expected to create "life-threatening" travel conditions in the region starting Wednesday, according to the WPC. Blizzard conditions are expected as winds intensify Tuesday night until Wednesday.
"Heavy wet snow can also cause power outages," the NWS said.
This would be the second storm of this type in less than a month. The March 13 storm caused massive flooding in the Midwest, a snowstorm in Colorado and Wyoming, and winds ranging from 96 to 110 mph.
In addition to heavy snow, rain will spread to areas of the central US still flooded, including Iowa and Illinois. There is also the threat of severe weather for the Mississippi and Ohio valleys until Thursday.
The cyclone 1 bomb this week should be similar in intensity and snowfall, said meteorologists. Abundant, moist snow will fall from the Nebraska Grip through south-central and southeastern South Dakota to western Minnesota. Wind speed can reach 50 mph at 60 mph across Kansas.
The intense storm system could reach up to 200 million Americans by the end of the week, according to AccuWeather.
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Blizzard warnings extend from Nebraska to western Minnesota, where up to 2 feet of snow can fall "very heavy and wet".
"A potentially historic winter storm will cause serious impacts on Wednesday night in early Friday, similar to last April," the NWS Twin Cities office said on Twitter.
"It may not be your typical snowstorm with dry, powdery snow in the Plains and the Upper Midwest," said Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather. "But, it can be a plaster effect with heavy, wet snow, hard to shovel and plow."
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Heavy snow may also affect Minneapolis-St. Metropolitan Paul, which should also receive rain before the transition to icy precipitation.
"If the mix does not extend as far north as the twin cities, then the metro could also experience snowstorm conditions – a situation similar to last year's," said the NWS office.
After hitting the center of the United States, the storm system is expected to bring rain to the northeast by the end of the week.
Associated Press contributed to this report.