Bomb Cyclone

Snow
Jackie Hai / KUNC

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for northeast Colorado, including the Denver metro area, effective noon Wednesday to noon Thursday.

Commuters along the northern Front Range can expect to wake up to mild, dry and warm conditions. Around noon, a large cold front will hit northern Colorado. Afternoon rain and then snow are expected going into Wednesday night.

Longmont
Rae Ellen Bichel / KUNC

Flood, snow, avalanche and fire alerts popped up Monday from Idaho to Colorado, as parts of the U.S. interior that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month braced for round two of an unusual weather phenomenon.

Welcome to springtime in the Rockies and parts of the Great Plains.

Police say a Colorado man found dead after a blizzard went out during the storm to start a generator.

The El Paso County coroner's office on Monday identified the man as 68-year-old Harry Brantley.

Authorities found his body Thursday about 35 miles east of Colorado Springs.

Denver snow
Scott Franz / KUNC

About 85,000 people remained without power Thursday morning in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area.

Xcel Energy says it is making progress to restore power to those who lost service in Wednesday's blizzard but that some will remain without power into the weekend. It says it has hundreds of workers on the job.

Colorado Declares Emergency Amid Massive Storm; State Trooper Dies In Accident

Mar 13, 2019
Tree damage
Scott Franz / KUNC

Updated at 5:10 p.m.

A Colorado state patrol officer who was hit by a car during a winter storm while responding to an accident has died.

The Colorado State Patrol says Corporal Daniel Groves was outside his patrol car along Interstate 76 northeast of Denver on Wednesday when a driver lost control and hit him.

When a storm gets very intense very quickly, it gets a very special, very scary name: bomb cyclone.

And just such a storm has arrived in the central U.S.

Tracy Stahl
Scott Franz / KUNC

Multiple road closures have crippled Colorado's interstate system, with blizzard conditions shutting down large sections of I-25, I-76 and US-287 as a major winter storm officially called a "bomb cyclone" sweeps through Colorado. Wind gusts of 80 mph have been reported at Denver International Airport.