What is a "bomb cyclone" First snow of the season with STRONG winds.

What a GREAT weekend weather wise with temps in the 50s and 60s.  NOW mother nature has decided enough is enough.  A storm system will be pulling into the central and northern plains later this week.  I'm sure you will hear the word BOMB CYCLONE.  What that is, is a low pressure system that intensifies rapidly.  It's central pressure drops 24mb in 24 hours.  That means rapid intensification!  This storm will initially start as rain then it's expected to switch over to snow.  Timing and exact track of the storm is still a bit up in the air, but if our European model (shown in the graphics) verifies this would be a BIG wind maker along with some snow.  Exact amount of snow is still in question but with 40 to 50 mph winds Thursday into Friday, even a small amount of snow could pose some problems.   We will continue to update you on this approaching storm as the week progresses.   


Chief Meteorologist,

Dean Wysocki