Massive winter storm slams US East Coast

National forecast chart for Jan. 3

ABC NewsThe storm system will begin to strengthen late Wednesday and move up the East Coast, spreading snow into the eastern mid-Atlantic states and southern New Jersey. "As usual for East Coast winter storms, though, the devil lies in the details, including exactly how far northwest the storm tracks and the width of its swath of heavy precipitation", according to Weather Underground.

Bombogenesis, or a storm bombing out, means the surface pressure of the storm will drop 24 millibars in 24 hours, or at the rate of 1 millibar per hour. "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving & don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear", said the Tallahassee Police Department along with the hashtags #SunshineState #SnowDay #WinterIsHere.

In addition, a weather event that experts call a "bomb cyclone" - which is best described as a freezing hurricane - is now brewing in the Atlantic.

The National Weather Service has already posted a winter storm up the coast of Florida.

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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.

Meteorologists say snow and sleet are forecasted for southern states like Florida and SC, and blizzard-like conditions are expected for northern states. "That's pretty rare. "So we'll see after all this is done whether get got any measurable snow anywhere".

Tallahassee wasn't the only Florida community to be impacted by the winter storm. "By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow". Five to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall with sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles mph, and gusts up to 50 mph. So large is the storm's circulation it's expected to suck cold air from the Arctic that will bring on record cold temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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