Cleveland to escape big storm expected to cripple much of United States

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The powerful winter storm will bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions to north central and northeast Colorado through Thursday, with some forecasters calling for the potential of another bomb cyclone, similar to what much of Colorado experienced in mid-March.

National Weather Service hydrologists calculate river levels by measuring the soil's moisture, how much snow is on the ground, the current and forecasted temperatures and what precipitation is expected to come.

An unusual but not rare weather phenomenon known as "thunder snow" - snow accompanied by thunder and lightning - was reported in central South Dakota. The storm's path of 12-plus inches reaches as far north to Duluth and Silver Bay to the east into Wisconsin past Ashland and Hayward. And thundersnow struck parts of South Dakota, including the capital city of Pierre, according to the report. Additional winter storm watches will likely be issued for other areas in the path of this storm.

A major storm is on the way for nation's midsection Wednesday and Thursday.

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Heavier snow is expected along the Down East coast, where up to 8 to 9 inches is forecast to accumulate from Machias to Eastport and Calais.

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"I think this storm is going to catch some people off-guard", Schroeter said.

High wind watches and warnings extend from California into Texas and Oklahoma.

The storm is expected to wind down late Wednesday, with sunny skies likely to return Thursday, according to the NWS.

Travel could be very hard to impossible. Blowing snow will dramatically hinder visibility and roads will become slushy, icy and snow packed in many areas.

Blizzard conditions, rain, strong winds and perhaps even damaging hail are in the mix.

"Wintry weather looks to make a return to the region Wednesday through Wednesday night with rain changing to snow Wednesday as temperatures get colder".

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Winds will gust up to 45mph.

"Warm today. Snow tomorrow", says the NWS office in Denver and Boulder, Colo.

The NWS predicts mostly sunny skies for the weekend with temperatures in the lower to mid-40s.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center also posted its own announcement regarding the weather risks.

The James River, the Big Sioux River and the Minnesota River may flood. The latest update predicts falling river levels to stop dropping and level off this week.

Up in Aroostook County, where it has been a long, snowy winter, the snowfall will taper closer toward the Canadian border, with the accumulation expected to top out around 5 to 6 inches from Fort Kent to Van Buren.

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