Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U.S. on Thursday and began moving into the Great Lakes region, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people and creating hazardous travel conditions a day after pummeling Colorado.
The forecast high for today in Denver is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but by Wednesday evening the temperature is expected to plummet into the 20s and several inches of snow could fall. The storm system is also accompanied by very strong winds, which create the unusual circumstance of high fire danger closely followed by winter storm and blizzard watches.
Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a so-called "bomb cyclone" because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year.