Where Will The Bomb Cyclone Hit? It Won't Be Pretty In These East Coast Areas
As the East Coast prepares for a harsh winter storm, meteorologists expect most of the region to experience strong winds, ice, and snow. Anyone in the eastern United States should prepare for a few days of freezing temperatures and dangerous travel conditions. But since every area will see slightly different weather for the remainder of the week, it's important to know where exactly the "bomb cyclone" will hit.
Winter Storm Grayson will affect the entire East Coast, with areas from northern Florida up to Maine receiving winter storm warnings. As the storm makes its way north, a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure will create a "bomb cyclone." The southeast U.S. will miss the most extreme effects of the storm, as the "bomb cyclone" is expected to hit New England Wednesday night.
"Low pressure in the western Atlantic Ocean will intensify and track toward the north-northeast off the Northeast coast late Wednesday through Thursday, before plowing into Atlantic Canada by early Friday," The Weather Channel reports.
Most larger cities will avoid the worst of the "bomb cyclone," but Boston is under a winter storm watch for heavy snowfall. Maine, southern New Hampshire, and eastern Long Island could also experience blizzard conditions.
The National Weather Service warned Tuesday that strong winds will impact the Boston area later this week.
Northern Florida and southern Georgia, the Carolinas, and the immediate New England coast could also experience power outages this week.
As for other East Coast cities, The Washington Post's Jason Samenow reports:
While snow flurries and ice will blast southeastern states not used to winter storms, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast could experience record low temperatures on Friday and Saturday as Winter Storm Grayson pulls in freezing air from the North Pole and Greenland. Making matters worse, high winds will make the air feel even colder.
High winds up the coast mean the storm will resemble a winter hurricane. The Weather Channel explains:
On top of the East Coast winter weather warnings, the National Weather Service issued windchill advisories for portions of Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania for Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
"The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin," the National Weather Service's advisory warned. "Expect wind chills to range from 10 above zero to 10 below zero."
The storm has already affected travel by closing a portion of Interstate 10 in north Florida Wednesday morning, and ice began forming in southern Georgia. Officials warned drivers to be safe on the roads, or avoid them altogether. As weather conditions worsen Wednesday and into Thursday, it's best to keep your driving to minimum and stay bundled up inside instead.