Colorado trooper killed as 'Bomb Cyclone' unleashes snow, high winds

Winter storm closes highways government offices schools

According to the Weather Channel, the winter storm is expected to increase in strength throughout Wednesday, with heavy winds and snow continuing into Thursday.

"We expect a major blizzard to unfold with winds likely to approach hurricane force, heavy snow and massive drifts", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Power outages are expected as more than 6 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected. According to FlightAware, more than 1,400 Wednesday flights have already been canceled.

In addition, several Colorado school districts shut down Wednesday, including all Denver Public Schools. Winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts over 60 miles per hour are expected across parts of New Mexico, western Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. More than 15 million are affected by a flood threat and about 10 million are under winter storm threats, according to CNN.

More than 100,000 electric power customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were left in the dark early on Wednesday after a line of rain squalls associated with the system moved through the area. Southwest, Frontier and United have all canceled flights, Denver Airport wrote on Twitter.

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Travel: The National Weather Service for Salt Lake City said on Wednesday it might be better to wait until Thursday to start traveling.

By Thursday, the storm system will weaken as it moves over the Tennessee River Valley, bringing mostly rain from MI southward to the Gulf Coast and some remaining snow only in the far northern parts of the country, he added.

A large swath of the US was under a variety of warnings, advisories, and warnings.

The National Weather Service warned of "impossible travel conditions" as the storm howls across the great plains, from Texas all the way to Montana and the Dakotas as it moves east.

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The NWS warned residents about safety, saying, "the heavy snow and visibility near zero will create extremely risky travel conditions, and power outages are also possible".

The website reported that conditions are starting to deteriorate, including blizzard conditions, in the High Plains. CBS Denver reporter Jamie Leary documented how the wind almost blew her - as well as her selfie stick - away when she exited her news van.

In contrast, temperatures in NY were milder today with sunshine.

Dozens of avalanches were reported in the Rockies, including one near Copper Mountain, Colorado, that buried cars on Highway 91 on March 7. "This will be one of the strongest wind events in years for West Texas and Southeast New Mexico".

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