“Bomb cyclone” blast to bring high winds today

The bomb-cyclone that’s bringing heavy snow and hurricane-force winds to parts of the upper Midwest could mean severe thunderstorms for our area today.

The National Weather Service says winds could hit 55 miles-per-hour this afternoon, and forecasters say the storms that will follow could bring rain, hail, and even tornados. A wind advisory goes into effect at 11 a.m. this morning and lasts until 11 p.m. tonight.

The National Weather Service says a bomb cyclone occurs when air pressure drops rapidly over the span of 24-hours which can create sudden intense winds.