'Bomb Storm' blasting Eastern Shore, threatens DC with rush hour snow Thursday

'Bomb Storm' blasting Eastern Shore, threatens DC with rush hour snow Thursday

'Bomb Storm' blasting Eastern Shore, threatens DC with rush hour snow Thursday

"Stay away from the coasts", the National Weather Service in Boston tweeted. The NWS issued a blizzard warning for multiple coastal communities in the region and forecast snow accumulation of 1 inch to 3 inches per hour throughout the day Thursday.

The threat won't just come from rising waters.

Some people were forced to flee their homes. At least 14 deaths have been reported in the past few days due to the adverse weather conditions. "We want to clear the streets".

A strong winter storm brought a rare snowfall to northern Florida and shut down airports in other parts of the south Wednesday.

Airlines canceled more than 570 flights in the US on Wednesday and a whopping more than 2,500 flights for Thursday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Yikes. Needless to say, flights are massively delayed in and out of the area, with some commuters reporting that they've been sitting at NYC's JFK airport for upwards of 12 hours after cancellations. Passengers were urged to check with airlines on flight information. In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh said schools would remain closed on Friday. "History is full of huge snow storms along the East Coast and history will continue to be full of huge snow storms along the East Coast going forward".

In Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, water was as high as a garbage container knocked on its side.

The storm will be "explosively intensifying" as it hits the ocean to the east of Long Island and New England on Thursday as it makes its way up the country.

And authorities say the fatal accident involving a vehicle and a commuter train in Pennsylvania happened during extreme snow conditions.

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Tallahassee, Florida, measured 0.1 inches of snow Wednesday morning, in the first measurable amount in the area since 1989, the National Weather Service said.

The cold air is a product of the polar vortex, the weather phenomena that results from the large pocket of cold air circulating around the North Pole interacting with the polar jet stream, causing it to break its shape and split.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to below zero Fahrenheit in New York City on Friday night.

Commuters riding the railways serving NY and Boston's suburbs endured extensive delays as crews worked to fix frozen equipment and clear snow-covered tracks. Areas of blowing snow.

While "bomb cyclones" - the type of storm that's heading toward the Northeast - aren't particularly uncommon, the temperatures this storm will bring to the region will be far colder than a similar storm that hit the region in November 2014.

Sometimes, that mass of air expands and gets pushed south, carried along with the jet stream, a stream of wind that extends around the hemisphere and divides the air masses in the polar region from those further south. Is there such a thing as a bomb cyclone?

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

It's not unusual to get at least one storm that is classified as a "bomb cyclone" a year, Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with NOAA's Weather Prediction Center, told Fox News.

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