The weather service said the precipitation will be a wintry mix of rain and heavy snow, but the type depends on the location.
'While not a tropical system, winds will rival what's seen in a Category 1 hurricane, ' said weathermodels.com meteorologist Ryan Maue.
FEMA Region 8 - which covers Colorado, Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming - advised residents to have a 3-day supply food/water, battery-powered radio, flashlights and portable chargers on hand for the expected power outages associated with the wind gusts up to 75-80 miles per hour in the region. The weather service office in Midland/Odessa, Texas, said Wednesday could be 'the windiest day in years, USA Today reported.
A storm system that could generate severe weather in Alabama tomorrow is bringing "historic" blizzard conditions to parts of the Great Plains today, according to the National Weather Service. An airport spokesman said 1,339 flights had been canceled as of mid-afternoon. The powerful winds have left over 200,000 Denver area residents without power while Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has activated the Colorado National Guard for search and rescue operations for stranded drivers in the blizzard. To be more technically correct, we refer to a storm rapidly gaining strength like this as explosive cyclogenesis. Southwest, Frontier and United have canceled flights and more cancellations and delays are possible, DIA said. Northern Utah will see the heaviest amount of snow in the morning.
Snow showers will push through the Beehive State Wednesday, according to Dan Guthrie of KSL Weather.
The website reported that conditions are starting to deteriorate, including blizzard conditions, in the High Plains. It will move through the Upper Mississippi Valley and Upper Great Lakes region on Thursday, NWS said.
"Very high winds will also affect large portions of the Southern to Central High Plains where high wind warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service offices across these areas", the NWS' Weather Prediction Center wrote.
Winter Storm Taylor has already spread snow and gusty winds from coast to coast across the northern tier of the U.S.in early March.