'Potentially historic' winter storm to slam central US

'Potentially historic' winter storm to slam central US

At 8 p.m. Monday, the river stage at Nebraska City was 19 feet, or a foot above flood stage.

To the south in parts of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, the storm will cause high winds, with wind gusts potentially reaching up to 75 miles per hour. But predictions now call for an April blizzard that could bring whiteout conditions.

The potential is there for a "bomb cyclone" to impact the Plains this week. It's not clear this storm will be strong enough to be deemed a bomb cyclone, as the jet-stream plunge isn't as sharp as last month's storm, but it will certainly be an intense low-pressure system.

Moderate to heavy snow is likely to arrive Wednesday evening.

Forecast models show the storm system increasing in strength and it could produce a blizzard of record proportions between Wednesday and Friday, meteorologists say. The heaviest-hit areas are expected to be from southeastern Wyoming through Nebraska and South Dakota into southern Minnesota.

In the warmer air to the south, severe weather could break out Wednesday afternoon and evening in parts of Kansas and Nebraska. Depending on location, it will generate blinding snow, heavy rain, powerful winds or a combination.

But the accumulation will be heaviest in the central part of the state, with up to 10 inches expected in Greenville in Piscataquis County and up to 10 inches in Millinocket and 9 inches in Lincoln in Penobscot County, according to the weather service.

Snow was already falling at a rate of up to 2 inches (5.08 centimeters) per hour in northeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota on Wednesday, with the brunt of the storm not expected until Thursday.

With the cold filtering in behind the rain and snow Wednesday night whatever precipitation does end up falling will likely lead to some ice on the roadways.

It's not unusual for these parts of the U.S.to experience swings from warm temperatures to snow in the springtime.

If it's garbage day for you, keep an eye on those bins! "Once the storm is done and things start to dry out a bit, we will get back to patching". "However, amounts that we have forecast right now are pretty rare".

The result, the office says, adds up to a "potentially historic spring blizzard".

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the country, is bracing for the winter storm that could bring more flooding, the Associated Press reports.

By the way, Thursday is the day that the big Central Plains winter storm we've been talking about will be at peak intensity.

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