Bomb cyclone blizzard whips and roars west

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After the removal of more than 50 disabled vehicles, the road was opened again around 7 p.m. EDT. The missing individual had not been found by midmorning Thursday.

Flooding forced evacuations in northeast Nebraska and western Iowa, including a retirement home in Pierce, Nebraska.

"Flash flooding is possible if ice jams clog rivers and streams, the weather service noted", according to CNN. "Deteriorating conditions have made things risky", Ford said. "Furniture can be replaced".

The state says shelters are now providing aid to more than 100 people who were forced to evacuate their homes, with shelters open in parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. "Lots of blowing snow, lots of high winds, drifting snow". "On the southern, warmer side of the storm, there is the threat for more severe weather across the lower Mississippi Valley".

Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency Wednesday for the first time in his short tenure, activating the state National Guard to assist state and local authorities in helping hundreds of stranded motorists across the state.

The storm is set to rage across a wide swathe of the USA, including Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Tom Skaar of Cheyenne laughs while walking his dogs on House Avenue during a blizzard in Cheyenne, Wyo, on March 13, 2019.

While crews were making progress on transportation, there were still thousands without power on Thursday. Some may have no power into the weekend.

It warned of icy roads, whiteout conditions and strong winds.

The storm was blamed for the death of a Colorado state trooper who was hit by a vehicle sliding on ice on the highway while he attended to a auto wreck. The storms were prompting blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings, flood watches and warnings and wind watches all issued through Wednesday evening. She had tried to make the trip Wednesday but the interstate was shut down due to a pileup - one she thinks she narrowly avoided. The storm brought winds beyond 90 miles per hour and stranded more than 1,100 motorists in blizzard conditions on Colorado highways on Wednesday.

In New Mexico, freight cars were blown off their tracks. A tornado also touched down Thursday in western Kentucky, damaging utility lines and trees. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service says a ridge - an elongated area of relatively high atmospheric pressure - will be crucial in preventing the cyclone from progressing more eastward. Some areas were already seeing its impacts Wednesday morning and they were only expected to intensify.

A bomb cyclone is a storm system, also known as a mid-latitude cyclone in weather speak, that has undergone bombogenesis - yes, that's a real thing.

Nicholson reported from Bismarck, North Dakota.

"This is about as bad as I've ever been in ... as I've been in winter-wise in the 27 years at The Weather Channel", meteorologist Mike Seidel said during a live report from near the Denver airport.

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