Bomb cyclone looks like a beast from space

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The southern part of the state as well as the Western Slope are now under winter storm warnings, as meteorologists predict that the storm will result in risky conditions.

Airport employees handed out blankets to accommodate the many passengers who were stuck overnight. Showers will wrap up on Thursday morning.

This storm - called a "bomb cycle" - occurs when there is a really quick pressure drop within 24 hours in a process called "bombogenesis", according to CNN.

"They typically do get strong systems this time of the year in that part of the country, but this one is maybe a notch stronger than what you typically see", said meteorologist Marc Chenard of the weather service told the news outlet.

Bria McKenzie, 22, said she and her mother, brother and sister were stuck in their auto for more than two hours on a hilly road in Colorado Springs. Hurricane force winds could be felt from Colorado all the way to Amarillo, Texas. Some areas could see gusts as strong as 110 miles per hour.

Known as the bomb cyclone, the storm starting Wednesday is expected to create hurricane-strength winds, blizzards, and flooding across parts of the central U.S.

Multiple Colorado school districts were closed Wednesday, including Denver Public Schools, which cited "severe storm, power outages across the city and poor road conditions".

Cpl. Daniel Groves
Cpl. Daniel Groves

The wind-whipped storm forced schools and government offices across the state to close for the day and cut power to several hundred thousand homes and businesses.

Parts of seven states were under blizzard warnings, and 20 states were under some level of high wind alert, Carbin said. Travelers are also facing headaches at Denver's airport, where some are stranded because of Mother Nature.

The weather service said the storm in the Fargo-Moorhead area will start Wednesday afternoon, possibly beginning with rain and changing to snow through the evening hours into Wednesday night.

There were no fatalities, according to the fire department's Facebook page, but there were injuries ranging from minor to serious and emergency responders came from both Colorado and Wyoming.

The storm could be historic in terms of the minimum pressure that could be measured in the Colorado region, CBS Denver reported. And when that much air rushes higher into the atmosphere, it causes severe weather.

In Elbert County, about 70 miles southeast of Denver, county manager Sam Albrecht said first responders were scrambling to rescue stranded motorists on highways and roads.

The Colorado State Patrol said one of its troopers, Corporal Daniel Groves, was struck by a vehicle that veered out of control on Interstate 76 and he died of his injuries a short time later at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton.

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