From the Weather Channel:
- Winter Storm Ulmer hammered the Rockies and Plains on Wednesday.
- A Colorado State Patrol trooper was hit and killed on a snowy interstate.
- The National Guard was asked to help more than 1,000 stranded drivers on Colorado highways.
- Stretches of Interstates 80, 25, 76 and 70 were closed in parts of Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.
- Denver International Airport shut down all runways, and more than 1,350 flights were canceled.
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As the blizzard developed, heavy snow lashed northern Colorado, including Denver, western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, central South Dakota, and southeastern North Dakota.
The storm strengthened over the High Plains on Wednesday with the rate of intensification resulting in bombogenesis, which occurs when the barometric pressure rapidly plummets, crashing more than the 0.71 of an inch threshold in a 24-hour period. The rare weather phenomenon is often referred to as a “bomb cyclone.” As the blizzard developed, heavy snow lashed northern Colorado, including Denver, western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, central South Dakota, and southeastern North Dakota.
A monster winter storm that slammed the Rockies into the Central Plains contributed to the death of a Colorado State Patrol corporal on Wednesday, officials report.
The ‘bomb cyclone’ packed blizzard conditions, tropical storm-force winds, and hazardous travel.
The storm turned deadly when a Colorado State Patrol corporal was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was outside helping a car that slid off of Interstate 76 in Weld County, Colo.
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