Storm System Strengthens and Heads for New England



On Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, a nor’easter is heading up the East Coast and blizzard conditions are brewing on the mid-Atlantic coast and the Northeast.

The coastal Southeast is experiencing a mix of sleet and snow disrupting morning travelers, and Tallahassee is seeing the first accumulation of snow since 1989, according to AccuWeather.

This storm system has increased in strength overnight as it moved through the mid-Atlantic and is expected to bring blizzard winds and snowfall from the Outer Bank to eastern New England throughout the day.
Wind gusts of up to 50 mph can be expected to cause white-outs across the Northeast, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Edwards. New England should anticipate one to two feet of snow throughout Thursday.

Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, said the winter storm grew stronger rapidly. This is called bombogenesis. “Pressure within the center of the storm crashed 0.95 of an inch of mercury (32 millibars) in nine hours from late Wednesday evening to near daybreak Thursday.”

At 8:29 a.m. ET, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey declared a state of emergency for four coastal counties: Atlantic, Monmouth, Ocean, and Cape May. He has also urged motorists to stay off the roads.
At 7 a.m., a snow emergency was put into effect for Boston. By the time the storm ends, the Boston area will receive about a foot of snow. The Massachusetts State Police reduced the highway speed limit to 40 mph, between Boston and the New York border.

At 7:26 a.m., icy and snowy travel conditions were reported around Long Island and New York City.
Already there have been power outages and traffic accidents from D.C., through Philadelphia, New York City, and Connecticut.

Written by Jeanette Smith


AccuWeather: Reports: Snowstorm undergoes bombogenesis as it pounds DC to New York City, Boston

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