The Northeast is about to be battered by a “bomb cyclone” and meteorologists are warning people to prepare for the chilly blasts.
A massive winter storm is expected to bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow from portions of northern Florida to Maine from Wednesday, Jan. 3, until the evening of Thursday, Jan. 4. New England, the northeastern region of the United States, will possibly experience blizzard conditions late Thursday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The “bomb cyclone” or bombogenesis—a fancy term for a winter hurricane—occurs when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This all-day event will leave cities in the Northeast such as New York City, Nassau County, and parts of Connecticut blanketed in heavy snow and battling brutal winds, reported the New York Post.
“People are going to want to check ahead,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Rob Miller told the newspaper. “It’s not going to be a very pleasant day tomorrow.”
The storm is expected to bring as much as 6 inches of snow to the region. New York City is expected to receive at least 3 inches of snow on Thursday morning.
Miller warns that public transportation is likely to be affected by the harsh weather and commuters should give themselves extra traveling time.
The NWS warns that the storm has the potential to produce strong, damaging winds possibly resulting in downed trees and power outages. Harsh coastal conditions are expected with possible minor to moderate coastal flooding and erosion on Thursday.
Ryan Maue, a meteorologist from weather.us, has hinted that most areas may hit record lows.
“Record low daytime temperatures Friday and Saturday behind the “bomb cyclone” in the Northeast. Which locations you may ask? All of them. Highs in the single digits and teens will rewrite the record book for Jan 5th and 6th,” Maue wrote in a tweet on Jan. 3.
The NWS is also reminding people driving during the harsh wintry conditions to keep their cars prepared for the freezing weather.
Keep warm everyone!
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