- A late-season storm system is forecast to explode over the central USA on Wednesday, becoming a "bomb cyclone" as it slams the region with blizzard conditions, heavy rains and fierce winds that threaten to snarl travel for tens of millions.
The disruptive storm will move east Thursday, bringing what the National Weather Service calls "a Great Plains cyclone of historic proportions".
As a "bomb cyclone" brings hurricane-strength winds and blizzard conditions to the Midwest, photos and video have captured the ferocious storm in action.
According to the weather service website, the Fargo-Moorhead area could receive as much as 1.2 inches of moisture from the storm.
"We are at the point where we are rescuing rescuers out there", said Elbert County Manager Sam Albrecht. Groves, on the job since 2007, was declared dead at a hospital.
Meanwhile, thunderstorms were expected to keep pushing eastward Wednesday from the Southern Plains to the lower to middle Mississippi Valley.
Winds could - and have - been clocked at 90 miles per hour.
It also has unleashed high winds across several states.
Littleton Public Schools also saw many challenges of power outages at several schools, along with icy and unplowed parking lots and roads, which is why district officials have made a decision to cancel all classes and school-sponsored activities for Thursday.
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School districts across the region, including Denver Public Schools, are closed on Wednesday, citing "severe winter weather and road conditions".
Hundreds of flights bound for, or departing from, the Denver airport were canceled.
Travel will be unsafe, if not impossible, at times, across the front range where the blizzard warning has been issued. Denver is under a blizzard warning, and snow accumulations of five to eight inches are expected.
Wyoming had closed state offices in Cheyenne, while South Dakota's governor ordered state offices closed in 39 central and western counties due to the storm.
A 280-mile (451-kilometer) stretch of I-80 was closed from the small city Rock Springs to the Nebraska state line.
To the east, near zero visibilities are expected with wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour and up to a foot of snow on the plains east of a line from Greeley to Denver International Airport.
Sustained wind speeds of 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts of more than 60 mph are expected over most of New Mexico, western Texas, central and western Oklahoma. This system will weaken as it moves to the northeast, meaning that we'll be left with a little rain and some gusty winds at times Thursday night and Friday.
'We could have the potential for major river flooding, given the rain and the snow melt, ' meteorologist Mark Chenard said from the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.More news: George Pell to be sentenced over sex abuse charges teenage boys
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