East Coast Braces for Blizzard and Bitter Cold

By Anna Breuer on 3 January 2018
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Empty shelves greeted shoppers at New York area markets.

Empty shelves greeted shoppers at New York area markets.

The powerful winter storm that brought snow to Florida has the Northeast in its sights.

Referred to by some meteorologists as a “bomb cyclone,” the Nor’easter will result in whiteout conditions and power losses in many areas Thursday. In order to be called a bomb cyclone, barometric pressure must drop by a minimum of 24 millibars in 24 hours.

The storm has already resulted in flight delays and cancellations across the nation and thousands of schools will delay or cancel classes as well.

Customers in grocery stores throughout the region faced long lines and empty shelves as shoppers tried to stock up on staples such as milk, eggs, and bread.

Travel was chaotic on Wednesday with icy roads and hazardous driving conditions. Over 900 flights were cancelled and 7,000 delayed as of 11:15 p.m. EST. The outlook for Thursday is equally grim: 2,872 flights have already been cancelled.

The Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the region. Heavy snowfall and dangerously low wind chills are expected.

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