Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits South

Nellie Chapman
January 6, 2018

Forget Bomb Pops, punk band Tsunami Bomb or Bob-omb from Super Mario Bros.

This explosive development is what meteorologists call bombogenesis, defined by a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of 24 millibars or more in a period of 24 hours, according to The Weather Channel.

The winter storm watch issued in Tallahassee on Tuesday is the first the city has received in approximately four years, prompting surprised Floridians to post videos on Twitter of the thick flurries.

The weather service says the winter storm will probably intensify into a "bomb cyclone" that could dump more than 20 centimetres of snow on the Boston area on Thursday and at least 15 centimetres in the New York City region.

A blizzard warning is in effect for Boston, coastal MA and coastal ME, where a combination of gusty winds near 50 miles per hour and heavy snow could create whiteout conditions.

Several school systems have delayed openings for Thursday morning, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency as snow fell during the overnight hours. Boston is bracing itself for up to a foot of snow, as well as winds that could bring down branches and leave people without power. How high? Depends on just how close the center of the storm (and associated heavier snow bands) will creep to the Jersey coastline.

The high winds generated by the storm could cause widespread power outages to go along with blizzard conditions.

The Mid-Atlantic region will get blanketed in the disgusting winter whiteness.

Floridians, more accustomed to hurricanes than this odd white substance, rushed to publish on social media their photos of snow covering their warm-weather flip-flop footwear and outdoor swimming pools. 5 to 8 inches is predicted for the beaches of DE and Maryland, with as much as a foot possible, depending on the storm's path.

A "bomb cyclone" is moving along the East Coast and it's expected to bring more bitter cold and dump some snow.

Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits South
Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits South

Facing the brunt of the storm, Gov. Charlie Baker of MA warned of possible lengthy and widespread power outages as winds make it nearly impossible for crews to work. It will be massive - fill up entire Western Atlantic off U.S. East Coast.

If you thought the polar vortex was bad, just you wait: the East Coast, including New York City, is set to get hit by freezing cold (yes, even worse than it has been these past few days) and inclement weather in the next few days.

Nevertheless, the cold is nothing to trifle with, forecasters warned.

This East Coast storm will move fast & deepen very rapidly. Winter Storm & Blizzard Warnings up for coastal areas.

The #BombCyclone, as it's being referred to, is legitimately a powerful cyclone that will form over the next day.

Somewhat like a hurricane, this Nor'easter will create possible hurricane force winds with a significant pressure drop.

The cold stretched all the way south to Florida, where stunned iguanas were reported dropping out of trees as temperatures dipped below 40 degrees.

Northeastern dwellers are somewhat privy to chilly winter conditions, but in parts of the Southeast, unusually cold temperatures are puzzling - and freezing - residents.

The term for the weather phenomenon has varied over the years.

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