(CNN) – An intense and sprawling winter storm is expected to develop starting Tuesday across the Great Plains, delivering hurricane-force wind gusts, severe rain, heavy snow and floods for days across a wide swath of the central United States.

The storm is forecast to rapidly intensify overnight east of the Colorado Rockies. It will then trek slowly northeast through Thursday, delivering a variety of extreme weather from New Mexico to the Midwest.

Centered in Kansas as it hits its midweek peak, gusts as strong as 100 mph are possible as the storm toys with a state record low for sea level pressure, which is one indicator of storm strength.

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A white-out is expected in parts of the northern Plains

Blizzard and winter storm warnings are in place for portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Heavy snow is expected in portions of the Rockies and northern Plains, with…