A massive winter storm known as a "bomb cyclone" will smash into the US East Coast this week.
Bombogenesis is said to occur when a storm's central barometric pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.
Hurricane hunter airplanes today are flying into a building winter storm along the Eastern seaboard that meteorologists have dubbed a "bomb cyclone" due to a forecast for rapidly dropping barometric pressure.
The icy mix quickly moves out of Florida and Georgia by Wednesday evening and moves into the Carolinas where we are expecting 2 to 5 inches of snow.
Officials issued storm warnings for parts of Florida and Georgia, the eastern Carolinas, southeast Virginia and the cities of Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington and Norfolk.
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Wednesday morning the internet exploded over news of a so-called Bomb Cyclone.
Tallahassee wasn't the only Florida community to be impacted by the winter storm.
Wednesday-morning driving conditions in the Charleston, South Carolina, area were becoming "rapidly risky", according to the weather service. As this storm departs on Friday, bitterly cold air will arrive from Canada, along with strong northwesterly winds. That's why the National Weather Service is flying hurricane hunter planes into the building storm: to give forecasters a better idea of where the most intense weather will hit. The bomb cyclone, expected to strike Thursday, will likely dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in New England and hurl 40- to 60-mph gusts.
Baltimore and Washington could receive snowfall dependent on the storm's path, and so could Philadelphia and New York City, but as much as 4 to 8 inches could fall between Atlantic City and eastern Long Island.
Expect another Environment Canada extreme cold warning in the next day or two, with frigid air descending from the Arctic on Friday and into the weekend that could see daytime readings reach a unsafe low of -35 C when the wind chill is factored in.