FORECASTERS have issued a bomb cyclone warning with up to 20 inches of snow predicted to hit this weekend.
The Northeast could see its first blizzard in four years, according to meteorologists.
As the region braces itself for another winter storm this weekend forecasts show New York City could see as much as 20 inches of snow, 全国广播公司 报告.
The potential nor’easter is expected to form off the Mid-Atlantic by the Carolinas late this week and charge up the East Coast over the weekend.
As of Thursday morning, the track of the storm shows central and eastern Long Island to New England could be hardest hit.
有线电视新闻网 meteorologist Brandon Miller said: “The models continue to show a nor’easter with blockbuster potential for the weekend, mainly late Friday through Saturday.
“This storm is likely to strengthen at a rate, and to an intensity, equivalent to only the most powerful hurricanes, so the high-end potential of this storm cannot be overstated.
“But with nor’easters, like in real estate, it will all come down to location, 地点, location.”
Forecasters say Friday will offer the clearest clue as to where the storm is headed.
这 Weather Prediction Center said on Wednesday: “Heavy snow is most likely in parts of New England.”
Wind chill watches and warnings have been issued for the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes with southeastern New England expected to see hurricane-force winds.
Travel could also become difficult with the risk of accidents on the road and flight cancelations.
AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said: “The area that we think will be hit the hardest and will be at risk for closures will be central and eastern Long Island to New England.”
His colleague Jonathan Porter added: “This is going to be an intensifying storm that will produce a lot of wind, which raises concerns for blowing and drifting snow, power outages and blizzard conditions in some areas.
“There is also a serious coastal flooding and beach erosion threat, especially in eastern Massachusetts.”
A bomb cyclone happens when a low-pressure system’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars — a millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours or less.
A storm with a lower pressure has higher intensity.
The drop in pressure causes winds to rush toward the center, carrying and unleashing a lot of moisture in the form of “copious amounts” of precipitation, according to AccuWeather.
When the air is cold enough, heavy snow and blizzard conditions can follow.