& # 39; Historical & # 39; April snowstorm dumps 30 inches of snow on Plains and Upper Midwest while millions of people argue for & # 39; life-threatening & # 39; circumstances and possible floods
- Parts of six states in Plains and Midwest were snowstormed on Wednesday
- Thundersnow was reported in parts of South Dakota and Minnesota
- More than 500 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport
- A maximum of two feet of snow are predicted while the slow moving storm floats
- Forecasters say the storm system could break records for April in Great Plains
A historic snowstorm that could break records for April has hit the Great Plains and Upper Midwest.
Parts of six states were under blizzard warnings on Wednesday in an area including Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pierre, South Dakota.
Early on Wednesday morning, the thunderstorm was reported in Pierre and the surrounding parts of South Dakota and in southern Minnesota.
Predictors said it remained unclear whether the storm would reach the definition of a & # 39; bomb cyclone & # 39; with atmospheric pressure falling within 24 hours 24 millibars.
Blizzard conditions are observed Wednesday morning in Perkins County, South Dakota
Some areas are predicted to see as much snow on Friday as seen above
Last month, a deadly bombs hit cyclone Colorado and Nebraska, killing several people.
Forecast models predict that the new storm, which is already disrupting traveling with life-threatening snowstorms, will become more powerful between Wednesday and Friday, and can produce a snowstorm of record ratios.
High spring temperatures will give way to heavy snow, stormy winds, and life-threatening conditions in some of the central United States that run from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, according to the National Weather Service.
& # 39; This is potentially a life-threatening storm, & # 39; said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist at the NWS Weather Forecast Center in Maryland, Wednesday.
More than 500 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport on Wednesday, about a quarter of the total schedule, according to FlightAware.com, an airline tracking website.
Airport officials said they had installed snow removal.
South Dakota & # 39; s highway patrol warned of dangerous road conditions in the western part of the state (see above). & # 39; Please stay at home if possible, & # 39; the desk warned
& # 39; Thunder-storm & # 39; and snow were reported Wednesday morning in Brookings, South Dakota
Parts of six states were placed under blizzard warnings on Wednesday, as shown on the map above
The storm is expected to bring blind, heavy wet snow across the region, likely to include trees and cause widespread power outages, widespread road closures, and treacherous driving, Burke said.
& # 39; It is slow. It will not push further east until Friday, "he said.
Some areas in western Minnesota and Southeast South Dakota were expected to get up to 30 inches of wet, heavy snow, the NWS said.
Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem has closed government offices in 52 districts. Countless schools in the state are closed.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says & the National Guard is ready & # 39; to save stranded drivers.
Snow is seen early in the morning in Red Lodge, Montana, making roads dangerous
Wednesday's forecast shows bands of snow and rain that cover the plains and the upper Midwest
It is not predicted that the storm will move much Thursday, which may flood certain areas
Two factors can limit the flooding effect, according to predictors. Thawed soil can absorb more precipitation than last month's frozen soil and a fall in heavy snow instead of rain will delay the drainage process.
The upcoming storm was expected to aggravate flooding along the Missouri River in areas where dozens of dikes were breached in March, exposing communities to future rises.
The river was not expected to reign in areas of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri until three to five days after the storm.
The storm is expected to weaken and shed in the Great Lakes region and northern Michigan on Friday, bringing more rain and snow, the weather service said.