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What is a 'bomb cyclone' and what will happen when it arrives?

07 January 2018

ABC NewsThe storm system will begin to strengthen late Wednesday and move up the East Coast, spreading snow into the eastern mid-Atlantic states and southern New Jersey.

Bombogenesis occurs "when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)".

Eastern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia will get as much as 6 inches of snow along with an accumulation of ice while parts of New England could see 12 to 15 inches of snow and wind gusts of 35 miles per hour by the end of week, the service said.

In addition, a weather event that experts call a "bomb cyclone" - which is best described as a freezing hurricane - is now brewing in the Atlantic. However, bomb cyclones can be unsafe due to the rapid intensification they bring and the extreme weather they can deliver.

How much the storm affects the coast is contingent on a number of factors, most notably how far out to sea it tracks. Valdosta, Georgia, was getting slammed with snow Wednesday morning as well. Now, parts of Northern Florida are under a winter storm watch for the first time in four years.

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Tallahassee wasn't the only Florida community to be impacted by the winter storm.

At 5:45am on Wednesday, people living in north Tallahassee were seeing freezing rain and sleet.

Most of the cancellations were in New Jersey, Boston and NY, which are seeing snowfall rates of up to 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) an hour and wind gusts up to 80 miles (128 kilometers) per hour.

Pressure and wind visualization of storm off the coast of New England on Thursday. So large is the storm's circulation it's expected to suck cold air from the Arctic that will bring on record cold temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Due to weather conditions, some airlines are allowing passengers to rebook flights without paying a cancellation fee -including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines as near-blizzard conditions are expected to blast through the eastern United States.

What is a 'bomb cyclone' and what will happen when it arrives?