Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits the South

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Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits the South

A powerful winter storm is blasting the Northeast with hurricane-force winds after delivering a mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain to the Southeast.

The storm is the product of a rapid plunge in barometric pressure that some weather forecasters are referring to as bombogenesis or a "bomb cyclone", which brings fast, heavy snowfall and high winds.

Delta Airlines has already issued a warning that could impact travelers especially in states that are not as prepared for winter storms and ice, such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for all of downstate New York. The Atlanta-based carrier has placed embargoes of varying lengths on a number of East Coast airports, including BOS, LGA, Charleston (CHS), Savannah (SAV), Providenc (PVD), Hartford (BDL), Norfolk (ORF), New York-JFK, and Newark (EWR).

When the new weeks starts, things won't get much better, as new snow is possible for many major cities.

Bundle up! Brutal winter weather - with strong winds, snow and subzero temperatures - has hit much of the eastern USA and is expected to continue through the weekend.

Dogs play in the snow on Boston Common following winter snow storm Grayson in Boston Massachusetts U.S. Jan. 5 2018
Dogs play in the snow on Boston Common following winter snow storm Grayson in Boston Massachusetts U.S. Jan. 5 2018

Despite the extreme cold in the eastern United States, there have been more record highs set (381) than record lows (353) over the past week, Miller said.

In New York City, JFK International Airport continued to experience delays from the winter storm that had forced some international flights to divert as far as Washington, D.C., on Friday night. South Carolina Public Radio's Victoria Hansen says, "The last time Charleston saw so much snow was December 23, 1989 - a white Christmas just months after Hurricane Hugo caused so much damage". The mayors of both cities held press conferences warning residents of the unsafe conditions this storm is bringing, especially for those who have to commute to work. As far back as 1980, the term has been used within a meteorological case study published in the Monthly Weather Review journal.

That said, the resulting storm from bombogenesis is called a "bomb" or "bomb cyclone".

"These are tough conditions to move around in, so if you don't need to be on the road. you shouldn't", said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter. Since some of those incidents were due to icy roads, drivers were urged to stay away from coastal areas.

Snow hit Rhode Island and the South Coast hard Thursday, with some areas getting more than 16 inches. The storm is crawling up the northeastern American Thursday morning with a threat of winds gusting as high as 60 miles per hour and a bone-chilling blast of Arctic air. These low pressure systems are associated with cold fronts and warm fronts, and the wind speeds increase as the temperature change - and effectively the pressure change - occurs over large distances.

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