Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. were hunkered down as a massive winter storm packing snow, ice and high winds, followed by possible record-breaking cold, moved up the Eastern Seaboard. The worst conditions were expected from the Carolinas to Maine.
It has prompted thousands of canceled flights, shuttered schools and businesses and sparked fears of coastal flooding and power outages. Wind gusts of 50 mph to 60 mph, strong enough to cause downed trees and power lines, are predicted in places where the National Weather Service has issued blizzard . They include the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland; coastal New Jersey; eastern Long Island, New York; and coastal eastern New England.
The storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, Wednesday — that city’s first snow in nearly three decades — before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. Storm causes over 3K flight cancellations More than a foot of snow was forecast for Boston and coastal areas in northern New England. weather forecasters are referring to as bombogenesis or a which brings fast, heavy snowfall and high winds.
The wintry weather North Carolina traffic and three in Texas due to cold. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York on Thursday morning for the southern part of the state, including Westchester County, New York City and Long Island. Most of New York City was forecast to receive five to eight inches of snowfall, although Queens, and neighboring Nassau County, could get up to 10 inches. Read more here from our reporters across the region. And New York Today is keeping track of the latest on travel conditions and school closures here.
• The storm also shut down schools in Baltimore; Boston; Newark; New York; Philadelphia; Providence, R.I.; Virginia Beach; and Washington, among other places. Classes were also canceled in areas in the South that had seen snowfall and anticipated days of bitter cold. Some districts in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina closed schools for Thursday.
• The storm’s race up the East Coast — through some of the busiest air traffic corridors in the country — prompted airlines to cancel nearly 3,600 flights by Thursday afternoon, according to FlightAware, an aviation tracking website. Nationwide, airlines have already scratched plans for more than 300 flights on Friday.
• Tens of thousands of customers, mostly in Virginia, were without power on Thursday morning, and even in places where electricity was mostly flowing, of frigid temperatures that will linger for days.
• With heating units in homes and commercial buildings running furiously to fend off the deep freeze, power companies have warned of possible fuel shortages to come In central Florida, the state’s largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay and SeaWorld’s Aquatica were closed on Wednesday because of the cold snap. Warming shelters were opened across the south as freeze watches and warnings blanketed the region, including hard freeze warnings for much of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Meanwhile, schools, businesses and ferry services in parts of Atlantic Canada shut down as the powerful storm pummelled the region, delivering a messy mix of high winds, rain and snow.
Forecasters expected the system to be followed immediately by a blast of face-stinging cold air that could break records in more than two dozen cities, with wind chills falling to minus 40 in some places this weekend.
“This is definitely a very serious and very intense winter system,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Ian Hubbard.
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This, they say, will lead to a phenomenon known as the ‘Maunder minimum’ – which has previously been known as a mini ice age when it hit between 1646 and 1715, even causing London’s River Thames to freeze over. 2030