If you live in New England you probably haven’t left your house for more than a few minutes today thanks to this historic storm. In Massachusetts, record high tides have added to the already horrific conditions turning roads into rivers. People along the entire East Coast are feeling the freezing temps and snowy conditions with even South Carolina getting a snow day. Snow hit Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in 30 years. We have been hearing words like “bomb cyclone” in the news but what does that really mean.
The official name of the storm is “bombogenesis” which, according to google, refers in a strict sense to a rapidly deepening extratropical cyclonic low-pressure area. Pretty much: it’s freezing, windy, and snowing a TON. This type of storm is one that develops over a very short period of time and brings a lot of snow with it. According to America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a bombogenesis happens when a cold air mass collides with warm air mass. Temperatures are going to drop dramatically, with New York City expecting temps as low as -20 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Restaurants and homes all down the coast are flooding, pipes are bursting and with freezing rain and below 0 temperatures on the way these conditions are not getting better anytime soon. This storm has combined a rare combination of high tides, rapid snow fall and freezing temperatures which has made it historic and, in many places, dangerous. So no matter where you are on the East Coast, bundle up and get ready to shovel!
Below is a look at just how crazy this storm has gotten in Massachusetts
A wave crashes over a homes on Lighthouse Rd. as a massive winter storm begins to bear down on the region on January 4, 2018 in Scituate, Massachusetts. The "bomb cyclone" was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm system moved up the U.S. east coast. (Photo: Scott Eisen/@gettyimages)
Look at this video outside our window of flooding in #Boston historic #FortPoint #Seaport neighborhood that is causing big dumpsters to float down the street. #blizzard2018 @CNN @WCVB pic.twitter.com/mjfrZJYnKr
— kelkelly (@kelkelly) January 4, 2018
Here are some photos I took outside my house during the storm
— Shanna (@shanna_mcc) January 5, 2018
Video of the Scituate Harbor – it's a swirly, icy messy. Credt: Kasey Holbrook pic.twitter.com/oclHSep9YB
— Kacie Yearout (@kacieyearout) January 4, 2018
Stay safe everyone!