East coast braces for 'Bomb Cyclone'

East coast braces for 'Bomb Cyclone'

As the storm system moved up the coast, the snow was beginning to lighten in New York City and areas west of town, the National Weather Service said.

The agency that runs New York City-area airports says all flights have been suspended temporarily at JFK and LaGuardia airports due to wind and whiteout conditions.

Travelers flying with top airlines in the USA like American, Delta, Southwest and United are being advised to call the airport before leaving for the facilities due to likely delays and cancellations.

Through Thursday, parts of NY could see five to nine inches of snow, Philadelphia three to six inches and Washington one to two inches.

Whiteout conditions were reported from New York City, where snow was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, to New England, where Providence, Rhode Island, was being buried under snow falling at 3 inches per hour.

From deadly hurricanes to sweeping and bitter cold fronts, many areas across the U.S.in recent months experienced some of the most extreme weather conditions mother nature has to offer.

According to Chicago Department of Aviation, by 9:30 a.m. local time, Chicago O'Hare International Airport had cancelled more than 180 flights and the Midway Airport, more than 50 flights.

The National Weather Service has already posted winter storm watches from Lake City, Fla.to Norfolk. In North Carolina, about 5,000 customers remained without power, down from a peak of about 20,000.

So far, the storm has dumped freak snow on the Southeast.

Blizzard warnings are in place from North Carolina to New England.

And just when you thought things couldn't get more drastic weather-wise, now comes word that folks all along the East Coast will have to endure a weather phenomenon known as a bomb cyclone. Three cars on an Amtrak train carrying more than 300 passengers from Miami to NY derailed Wednesday night in snow-covered Savannah, Georgia.

Dozens of communities from Salisbury to Orleans reported flooding Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker said.

First, a very large and powerful storm will hammer coastal locations from Georgia to ME with ice and snow.

The southeast was the first to feel the storm´s icy lash, when Florida on Wednesday saw its first snow in almost three decades.

Forecasters anticipate a "bomb cyclone" could smash the Northeast this week, but the term isn't a ratings-driven hyperbole; it's a name rooted in the science of meteorology. Friday's forecast for Boston is a high of 16 degrees with a low of zero.

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