What is a 'bomb cyclone?' Monster storm moves up the East Coast

Jon Howard
January 14, 2018

In Providence and Newport, at least 40 people were treated for various weather-related conditions, from heart attacks, snowblower or shoveling injuries, frostbite and more, according to The Providence Journal.

New Yorkers bundle up as they contend with horizontal snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures during massive winter storm.

If you live in the eastern USA, from northern Florida all the way to New England, you're in for some nasty weather: a massive winter storm called a "bomb cyclone" is hammering the coast, bringing snow, ice, flooding, and strong winds. While blizzard conditions could paste some coastal areas, the most extreme conditions will remain well out over the ocean.

"Although the snow will begin to taper off over the next few hours", the statement said "the storm response is still not over and many unsafe conditions will remain".

In Brunswick, Georgia, on the Atlantic coast, law enforcement agencies reported freezing rain and ice on bridges early on Wednesday in south Georgia as a winter storm revved up along the east coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning to Jacksonville, Florida, and all surrounding cities with "significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice" expected to hit from Wednesday to Thursday.

A violent winter storm dubbed as a "bomb cyclone" roared into New England with hurricane-like wind gusts Thursday, pushing high tide to near-record levels and stranding inundated motorists on downtown Boston streets.

As of Wednesday, most states in the storm's path were not experiencing unusual lows.

Thursday: Snow, mainly before 1 p.m.

Freezing rain possible for Timmins and area
While mild and rainy conditions are expected over much of southern Ontario Thursday and into Friday, colder weather is on the way. Temperatures were expected to eventually rise above zero changing the precipitation to occasional drizzle.

As the storm gripped the East Coast, governors in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia all declared a state of emergency in their states.

This bomb cyclone dropped 53 millibars in just 21 hours, intensifying faster than any such occurrence in recent history. Sanders set this air pressure drop for storms at 60deg latitude. "The lower the atmospheric pressure is, the more intense the storm is". Winds will be considerably stronger over the ocean - exceeding hurricane force - where enormous waves will form.

The wind chill could make it feel like -34C in the Berkshire hills of western MA, the National Weather Service said.

No one was safe from the conditions, not even the New England Patriots, who were forced to courageous winds and snow to walk to practice.

"Our biggest concern is the potential for damaging wind gusts especially near the southeast New England coast", the Weather Service tweeted.

Power outages affected tens of thousands in the South.

Although Florida won't receive much snow, the moisture mixed with the cold could still create treacherous conditions. Wicked cold air sourced from Siberia, the North Pole and Greenland will all converge on the region.

And it's not over when the storm passes: It's pulling in a brutal blast of air via the polar vortex that will plunge already-icy temperatures in the eastern United States to record lows tomorrow (Jan. 6) and throughout the weekend. Maximum intensity occurs near New England and the maritime provinces in Canada.

Winds, gusting to 30 miles per hour, will make these areas feel 10 to 20 degrees colder.

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