"Bomb cyclone" headed our way, and here's what it means

Late-winter storm drops record rain in Midwest

Number of flights in and out of Denver global airport that were canceled due to the winter storm.

It has rumbled across roughly 5.18 million square km from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River, and from the Mexican to Canadian borders.

A disaster proclamation by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, issued in response to reports of flooding, remained in effect in Iowa overnight.

The Cooper Nuclear Station along the swollen Missouri River will likely be shut down early Saturday as water levels continue rising following heavy rain earlier this week, a plant spokesman said Friday.

"Whether precipitation falls as rain or as snow is clearly linked to temperature, with rainfall being more likely in a warmer world", she told Xinhua. The Colorado governor, Jared Polis, called out the National Guard to help locate and rescue stranded motorists.

In the Texas Panhandle, a utility worker was killed Wednesday while working to restore power amid strong winds pushed in by the storm. This storm dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday into Wednesday. The storm was blamed for the death of a Colorado state trooper who was hit by a vehicle sliding on ice on the highway while he attended to a auto wreck.

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At some point, all runways at the Denver International Airport were closed Wednesday and employees offered blankets to passengers stranded because of icy conditions and extremely poor visibility.

The culprit was a sudden and severe drop in ground-level air pressure in Colorado, the most pronounced dive since 1950 and something "that will go down in the history books", said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center.

Parts of Kentucky and IN have been under tornado warnings Thursday - and one touched down IN Union County, Ky., where a motorist recorded video of the twister on his cellphone. Also contributing were Associated Press reporters Dan Elliott in Longmont, Colorado; David Pitt in Des Moines, Iowa; Bob Moen and Mead Gruver in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee; James Anderson and Thomas Peipert in Denver; Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis; Josh Funk in Omaha, Nebraska; Seth Borenstein in Washington; David Warren in Dallas; Kathleen Foody in Denver. The storm brought winds beyond 90 miles per hour and stranded more than 1,100 motorists in blizzard conditions on Colorado highways on Wednesday.

"The storm is expected to have an intense impact", it said. The National Weather Service is calling the storm "a Great Plains cyclone of historic proportions". No one was injured, New Mexico State Police said.

"Scientists are now investigating how the potential impacts of changes in atmospheric circulation patterns (specifically the weakening jet stream) associated with Arctic warming may influence mid-latitude cold snaps", said Barcikowska. 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. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Blizzard conditions and flooding closed numerous roadways in the region.

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