East Coast braces for possible ‘bomb cyclone’ amid winter storm

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The East Coast could see heavy snow and strong winds from a winter storm transform into the region’s first “bomb cyclone” of the year, forecasting service AccuWeather said.

According to AccuWeather, the heaviest snowfall was expected to move into Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee overnight, with up to 3 inches of snow expected in Washington, D.C.

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The combination of strong winds and heavy snow could cause a bomb cyclone, which occurs when the air pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours, often causing heavy precipitation and powerful winds, AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

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