'Bomb cyclone' hits Colorado bringing treacherous conditions



A major winter storm is hitting the mountain west and moving into the midwest in the Denver metro area alone about two hundred thousand people are without power and a major interstate remains closed Colorado public radio, Dan Boyce reports on the rare blizzard meteorologists are calling a bomb cyclone this name bomb cyclone stems from the. The intensity of this particular storm system where a rapid drop in air pressure leads to very high winds along with heavy precipitation, though, starting out in the morning along Colorado's front range, the weather system seems more like intense spring showers. I'm standing in the rain outside a WalMart in Colorado Springs. I've already seen some people joke on social media this morning about being glad they have out there. Rain shovels yet. Several people are walking out of the store with new snow shovels, including Laney Feick early this morning. She didn't think the storm seemed all that bad until she drove up to her job in the nearby mountains. And it was crazy. Just heavy snow everywhere. And so I looked it down here. So I didn't have to drive through the past when it was horrible. And now, she's heading home. Yep. Gotta toy for the cat. Got some pizzas. I'm going to stay in after this. Of course, what's unsettling about? The rain is as the temperature drops throughout the day. The rain turns to snow and what's already fallen becomes ice which. National weather service meteorologist Carrie says compounds the danger create that level of icy slickness beneath the snow that can create hazardous conditions for people that might walking on the snow or something that they might slide on their vehicles. When you have that snow on top of the wind is also treacherous gusts reaching seventy five miles per hour are being recorded at Denver International airport whereby mid day. All runways had been shut down. The storm is also causing other shutdowns in delays as well. Schools and government offices in Denver and Colorado Springs are closed normally jam packed interstate twenty five between Colorado Springs and Denver is shut down. As are many other roads in the region, Bowen's weather service office in boulder tweeted, the blizzard is the equivalent of a category one hurricane and in all caps. Do not even attempt to drive in the storm. Exclamation point a quick hitting storm. But it's going to be pretty impactful when it is here. Bowen says the snowfall in Colorado will begin to lessen overnight,

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