Winter is having one final party in the Midwest this week and parts of MI will feel it. And because of the intense drop in pressure, the system could develop into the region's second bomb cyclone in less than a month.
Typically we see "bomb cyclones" form off the US East Coast in the form of nor'easters.
Overnight temperatures in the Plains will drop almost 40 degrees in just 12 hours, including in Denver - which is expecting a high of 80 degrees Tuesday and blizzard conditions by Wednesday night. And its effects will stretch all the way through the Midwest, where winter storm and blizzard warnings are already posted. "And we're looking for general storm totals of between 1 and 2 feet of snow between northwest Nebraska, most of South Dakota, into west-central Minnesota", Moehler says.
"Winds will increase Wednesday night with gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour by Thursday", according to the Weather Service.
Moderate to heavy snow is likely to arrive Wednesday evening.
Some of those areas could see over an inch of rain and melted snow. A high near 35 degrees is expected and it will be windy-with wind gusts as high as 35-45 miles per hour.
While an April snowstorm seems like a punch in the gut, April snowstorms do happen.
It was last April - yes, technically the first full week of spring - when 15.8 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities. Heavy snow and gusting winds created blizzard-like conditions Monday across the Upper Midwest, prompting officials to close hundreds of schools, courthouses and businesses, and ground air travel.
"Durango could get a dusting or a trace" of snow, he said.
The snow is not the only hazard from the storm.
Current threat outlook for Thursday evening and night. You thought the snow and cold were over? The high wind gusts are also concerning, Leatham said. The agency says there is a potential for major road closures, including to I-25 at Monument Hill. The mix will lead to a large swath of precipitation with heavy, wet snow on the northern edge, a wintry mix of snow and rain in the middle, and spring thunderstorms to the south and east. It's expected to dump more than 2 feet of snow on parts of South Dakota and Minnesota. "Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility".
The World-Herald noted, however, that the storm forecast to hit this week could be "just shy" of the definition of a bomb cyclone.
Check back with wctrib.com for updates on the forecast as more information becomes available from the National Weather Service becomes.