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Storm to bring snow, then explode as 'bomb cyclone'

07 January 2018

Here is the latest from WPC regarding the East Coast winter storm for Wednesday and Thursday.

The "bomb cyclone" is expected to move up from the Florida coast and rapidly intensify as it heads towards eastern New England.

Bombogenesis, or a storm bombing out, means the surface pressure of the storm will drop 24 millibars in 24 hours, or at the rate of 1 millibar per hour.

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As bone-chilling cold takes hold of parts of the United States, more ferocious winter weather is on its way. After a series of snow storms, temperatures are expected to plummet Thursday in record-setting freezes.

The winter mix along with low wind chills could cause widespread power outages and ice over roadways, making commuting treacherous for millions of Americans from northern Florida to southern Virginia, the National Weather Service said in a series of warnings.

While bomb cyclones are merely a meteorological description of a storm and are not named to describe their impacts, they are often heavy storms that are accompanied by hurricane-force winds, dumps of heavy rain or snowfall and flooding along coasts. Winter Storm Warnings have been issued across the Florida Big Bend and south central Georgia areas.

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As Jason Samenow of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reports, "A monster storm will hammer coastal locations from Georgia to ME with ice and snow".

Wednesday-morning driving conditions in the Charleston, South Carolina, area were becoming "rapidly unsafe", according to the weather service. Five to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall with sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles mph, and gusts up to 50 mph. The difference between the two air masses helps to strengthen the storm system.

Pressure and wind visualization of storm off the coast of New England on Thursday. When the storm has ended, the entire coast is expected to be hit with another wave of frigid air.

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Snowfall amounts in DE are dependent on the track of the storm, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Gorse.

Storm to bring snow, then explode as 'bomb cyclone'