The National Weather Service reported that Denver International Airport saw wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour, comparing the conditions to those of a Category 1 hurricane.
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The National Weather Service predicts it will be a "highly impactful winter storm" that tears through the region.
As the storm intensifies, heavy snow is expected from northern Colorado, including Denver, to western Nebraska, central South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota.
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Another strong winter storm is headed across Colorado, with blizzard conditions expected across the state. "The central and southern mountains will see the highest snow accumulations with 10 to 20 inches expected through Thursday morning and upwards of 2 feet or more in the San Juan Mountains".
A wind gust of 92 miles per hour (148 kph) was recorded in the mountains northwest of Denver.
A massive winter storm called a "bomb cyclone" is set to hit portions of the United States on Wednesday, bringing unsafe heavy snow, flooding and thunderstorms to the central part of the country.
A "bomb cyclone" (also known as Bombogenesis) happens when a cyclone develops so fast that it drops the atmospheric pressure by at least 24 millibars, according to NOAA. She said the snow was so blinding and numbing, and the wind was whipping so hard, she didn't feel safe walking to a hospital that was just down the road.
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A storm system that could generate severe weather in Alabama tomorrow is bringing "historic" blizzard conditions to parts of the Great Plains today, according to the National Weather Service.
Utility company Xcel Energy said about 130,000 commercial and residential customers in Colorado were without power due to high winds and wet heavy snow.
Travel may be impossible, CNN reports, and both flights and schools are being canceled in areas where the white-out blizzard may hit.
The National Weather Service Denver/Boulder said, "Blizzard conditions are likely across the northern mountains, northern foothills, Palmer Divide and adjacent plains".
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In Nebraska, officials late Wednesday morning closed a roughly 130-mile strech of westbound Interstate 80, from Ogallala to the state line with Wyoming, because of the blizzard.
"Stunning view of the water vapor imagery over the Rockies & Plains this afternoon", NWS tweeted on Wednesday.
The airport announced on Twitter early Thursday morning, that four of its six terminals have reopened.
The storm will also bring heavy rain to areas of eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota that already have a good deal of snow on the ground, the NWS said.
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The storm could also cause flooding, as rain falls on accumulated snow and rivers clogged with ice begin to rise.