A winter storm hitting the East Coast could easily shatter all-time records in regards to cold temperatures. By the end of the week, we could all be freezing, to say the least.
This storm seems to threaten to push literally frigid temperatures as south as Northern Florida! It is what people are referring to as a “bomb cyclone.” For those who do not know a bomb cyclone is something that comes from a process known as explosive cyclogenesis or bombogenesis. Bombogenesis happens when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies and drops at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. It seems to have made its way here just yesterday and is not leaving anytime soon.
A winter storm is forecast to bring the potential for a mix of freezing rain/sleet/snow from portions of northern FL to SC, and snowfall northward along portions of the Mid-Atlantic into northern New England. https://t.co/VyWINDk3xP for the latest on what to expect in your area pic.twitter.com/I4UZAUERfJ
— NWS (@NWS) January 2, 2018
I guess you could essentially consider this to be what one would call a ‘winter hurricane.’ As pressures drop, this storm grows stronger. This extreme weather will be coming in two different parts. To begin with, it will bring about rain, snow, and sleet to the Eastern Coast of the US. This being from as mentioned above Main to Northern Florida.
Hearing the word “bombogenesis” and confused about it? Here’s an explanation and how it relates to the upcoming East Coast storm. Stay tuned for forecast updates and read our key messages for this storm in our short range discussion: https://t.co/VNkruevXS6 pic.twitter.com/iwfR3CRcNd
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) January 3, 2018
After this is all said and done what many are calling a “‘polar vortex’ is going to be sweeping south across the region dropping temperatures to as also mentioned above, record-breaking lows. Now as I mentioned above this storm hit Wednesday and has been causing some intense bitter cold temperatures. According to the National Weather Service, it is thought that by Friday parts of the regions affected there will be at least 4 more inches of snow.
All day Thursday meteorologists are going to be glued to the new GOES-East satellite watching a truly amazing extratopical “bomb” cyclone off New England coast. It will be massive — fill up entire Western Atlantic off U.S. East Coast. Pressure as low as Sandy & hurricane winds pic.twitter.com/6M4S3y75wT
— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) January 2, 2018
Cold temperatures earlier this week have actually left several people dead. Reuters has reported at least eight so far and according to the Weather Channel temperatures in Florida’s capital were lower than those in Anchorage, Alaska! If you are on the East Coast please bundle up and do your best to stay warm!
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