National Weather Service talks cold weather and winter storm impacts

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2018

The storm is now racing north, causing as many as 3000 flights to be cancelled.

"It's nearly impossible to clear roads when you have those high wind gusts, because as soon as you clear the road the snow, the wind literally just brings the snow back on to the road".

Public works crews worked to clear snow-covered roads with snow plows and trucks loaded with road salt in the Northeast and Southeast.

Blizzard warnings were in place along the coast from North Carolina to ME, with the National Weather Service forecasting winds as high as 70 miles per hour (113 km per hour) that may bring down tree limbs and knock out power.

The storm brought record snowfall to cities like Tallahassee, Florida, where residents got the most snow since 1989, and Charleston, South Carolina, which received more than 5 inches of snow, also the most since 1989.

Forecasters expect the storm to become a "bomb cyclone" because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast- an indicator of explosive strengthening.

At least seven people died in weather-related accidents.

Travel nightmares begin: More than 3,100 United States flights have been canceled for Thursday, according to More than 1,000 USA flights had been canceled early on Friday with New York's three major airports and Boston Logan International Airport seeing the most cancellations.

White, the Elizabeth City resident, said past winter storms have led her to believe local and state governments aren't prepared to keep roads clear. MA told non-essential state workers to stay home.

"The actual impacts aren't going to be a bomb at all. It's not that cold, it'll just be snow".

"It can be very risky", Pydynowski said. Tides in New York could run about 18 inches higher than normal, putting parts of Queens and Staten Island particularly at risk until about noon, Faye Morrone, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York said. New Jersey declared emergencies in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties. Below zero temperatures are being forecast as far south as Jacksonville, Fla., with some East Coast cities approaching -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

More than 67,000 homes and businesses were blacked out as of about 7 a.m.

But forecasters warned temperatures would drop sharply on Friday and into the weekend.

A state of emergency has been declared in NYC and surrounding areas.

Temperatures have reached record lows for nearly two weeks in a row, and there's been extreme snow, wind, and storms. It brought high winds and swift, heavy snowfall.

More than eight inches could fall Thursday in New York City. It could turn into a bomb, short for bombogenesis, a phenomenon that occurs when a system's central pressure drops steeply - 24 millibars or more - in 24 hours. As a result, the accumulation of snow and winds intensifies, which can cause property damage and power outages.

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