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First Comes the Bone-Rattling Cold, Then Comes the Snow Bomb

January 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Romance, Lust & Passion

As if the deep freeze that’s sent temperatures plunging to all-time lows across the eastern half of the U.S. weren’t enough, the region may get hit with a snow bomb.

Now that Boston has tied a 100-year-old record with seven days of highs below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, New York’s airports have registered new lows and Chicago has enjoyed its coldest New Year’s Day ever, a storm is set to race up the U.S. East Coast on Thursday and dump snow along the way. Boston may see as much as 11 inches (28 centimeters), Manhattan could get 3, and Brooklyn and Queens are set for 4.

Temperatures at 7 a.m. New York time on Jan. 2, 2018, in degrees Fahrenheit. Source: National Weather Service.

This storm may end up being worse than your average nor’easter. 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. If current computer models hold, that’ll start to happen somewhere off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and continue as the storm moves north. Hurricane-force wind warnings have been posted off the coast where ships could encounter winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) an hour and waves as high as 26 feet on Thursday.

“The real apex, the peak of the storm, will be Cape Cod to Nova Scotia,” said Gregg Gallina, a forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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