‘Bomb Cyclone’ Brings Bitter Cold Weather to Northeast

By Paul Riegler on 5 January 2018
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FBT's weatherdog, Snickers, checking the snowfall in N.Y.C. Thursday

FBT’s weatherdog, Snickers, checking the snowfall in N.Y.C. Thursday

Not satisfied with battering the South and submerging the Midwest into below-zero wind chill temperatures, a major winter storm barreled into the Northeast, bringing with it travel chaos, flooded roads and buildings, and drifting snow.

The storm shut down both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York, Philadelphia International Airport in that city, and left hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports across the nation stranded.

In Virginia, over 40,000 residents lost power, while in Boston, a three-foot tidal surge flooded a T station.

All this will serve as a prelude to dangerously cold weather that will be accompanied by wind-chill temperatures that, while they won’t rival the -60° F (-51° C) wind chill temperatures in the Midwest, will set records, making it feel as cold as -20° F (-29° C).

The harsh weather resulted in the cancellation of 5,342 flights in North America on Thursday and 6,140 delays. As of 10 a.m. Friday morning, over 1,400 flights were cancelled and 1,638 were delayed.

Meteorologists referred to the storm as a “bomb cyclone,” which meant that the barometric pressure had dropped by a minimum of 24 millibars in a 24 hour period. It created winds that surpassed 75 mph (120 km/h) in Nantucket and 65 mph (105 km/h) on Long Island.

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