Denver – A powerful deadly winter storm that hit the central United States hit Colorado on Wednesday, bringing blizzard conditions and winds equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in Colorado Springs, CBS Denver reports. The climate was so violent that the police were unable to respond to the high number of road accidents, according to a tweet from the Denver Emergency Management Office.
A corporal from the Colorado State Patrol died after being hit by a vehicle in County Weld, tweeted state police. Cap. Daniel Groves, 52, was at the scene of a vehicle that slipped off the road when a 2001 Volvo lost control and hit Groves. Police said that "high-speed driving in poor driving conditions" is currently the subject of an investigation.
Meanwhile, more than 100,000 customers are without electricity in Colorado Wednesday afternoon, according to Xcel Energy. Travelers also face headaches at the Denver Airport, where some are stranded because of Mother Nature.
First responders in the Denver area reported on Wednesday that "conditions continue to deteriorate".
"I can not say that I've seen a storm with such intensity as far down the Plains, to the west," said Jeff Berardelli, climate and weather contributor to CBS News.
The storm was dubbed a "cyclone bomb" because the pressure in the center of the storm was to fall rapidly as it rushed to Colorado. There have been reports of "lightning snow" in the form of lightning mixed with heavy snow.
What is a "cyclone bomb"?
In the northern hemisphere, areas of low pressure are called cyclones, and fast-moving storms are often called bombs or weather bombs. To qualify as a "cyclone bomb", a low pressure zone must lose at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less. The weather patterns show that the center of Wednesday 's low fell by 24 to 30 millibars in less than a day, while it was strengthening in the plains of eastern Colorado, announced CBS Denver.
Other terms you may hear in meteorology when dealing with a storm like this include "explosive," "cyclogenesis," or "bombogenesis." Explosive refers to rapid growth, and cyclogenesis means that you have a low pressure area that is gaining strength.
"A set of unique factors unite for a rapid drop in pressure," said Berardelli. "The definition of bombogenesis is a pressure drop of 24 millibars in 24 hours, which will far exceed that."
So far, this storm has lost 33 millibars since Tuesday morning and continues to strengthen, reports CBS Denver.
Winter storm forecast
The storm was expected to continue to intensify Wednesday in the Central Rockies, spreading east across the central plains on Wednesday and into the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes region on Thursday.
The National Weather Service, Denver / Boulder, said: "Blizzard conditions are likely to cross the northern mountains, northern foothills, Palmer Divide and adjacent plains, making it difficult, if not impossible, to roam the region." snow especially across the plains ".
weather the officials said a wind gust of 97 mph was recorded at Colorado Springs.
the NWS said On Wednesday afternoon, an 80 mph gust was recorded at the Denver International Airport. CBS Denver announced that more than 1,300 flights had been canceled due to weather conditions.
Several passengers were stranded at DIA after some airlines did not have a representative to help them make a new booking.
"There is no one here, every airline has a representative, so I'm stuck here with two young kids and I do not know when I'll be home," said a passenger at CBS Denver.
The storm could be historic in terms of the minimum pressure that could be measured in the Colorado region, reported CBS Denver. In other words, the storm is an aberration, which partly explains the setting up of an exhaustive list of weather watches, warnings and warnings in the city. whole of the state.
At the same time, thunderstorms were expected to continue moving east Wednesday from the southern plains to the Mississippi Valley from the lower to the center. "Heavy rains … isolated floods and inclement weather will accompany these storms as they walk fairly fast to the east," said the meteorological service.