“The strong storm system off the east coast continues to rapidly strengthen, bringing strong winds, heavy snow, and bitter wind chills to the I-95 corridor. As of 11 AM EST Thursday, the system had strengthened to 951mb, which is a drop of 59mb in 24 hours – more than double the criteria for bombogenesis (24mb/24hours). This storm will continue to produce winds in excess of 50mph from New York City into New England along with heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions. This will continue to lead to airport closures and delays along with other infrastructural damages. The combination of wind and snowfall may also lead to localized power outages,” said Ed Vallee, a meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC.
He further warned, “Behind the storm, brutally cold air will invade the Northeast, with wind chills dipping well below zero. Numerous record low temperatures are expected this weekend across the Northeast Couple this with power outages, and this turns into a life-threatening situation quickly.”
High winds and heavy snow have contributed to whiteout conditions from coastal Delaware to New England, shutting airports, government offices, and schools, leaving much of the East Coast paralyzed.
On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared an official weather emergency in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. Nearly all flights out of La Guardia, New York City’s other major airport have been canceled. The airline-tracking site FlightAware is reporting more than 3,200 flights have been canceled as of late Thursday morning.
Blizzard and winter storm warnings are in place along the coast from North Carolina to Maine, with the Weather Channel forecasting “snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour” and “wind gusts over 70 mph.”
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