Eastern seaboard of the United States rocked by Big Freeze

Posted January 13, 2018

FIFTY-EIGHT million Americans are in the path of a brutal winter storm that has battered the east coast, bringing snow and freezing temperatures the likes of which some cities haven't seen in almost 30 years. It is expected to last through Friday morning. Another fatality was reported near Philadelphia when a vehicle could not stop at the bottom of a steep, snow-covered hill and slammed into a commuter train.

New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5 is blanketed by the white stuff.

"This is chilly, chilly stuff", Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said.

By early Thursday morning, snow was falling in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Winter storm warnings for much of the East Coast went into effect late Wednesday and through Thursday.

"This could bring some very unsafe conditions", the NY mayor, Bill de Blasio, said late on Wednesday. However, it was not clear whether the snow storm caused the accident. The storm becoming powerful in a short amount of time.

ME has seen the most tidal flooding in 40 years. Waves from the sea washed into Boston streets - the tide in the harbor matched a record of 15.1 feet set during the blizzard of 1978.

More than 100,000 homes and businesses lost power at some point Thursday.

The only place where blizzard conditions were reported during Thursday's storm, however, was Block Island, Rhode Island.

"Some of the worst in recent history being observed in Boston", the service said. Extra-tropical cyclones have an intense contrast between cold temperatures in the north and warmer temperatures in the south.

CT has 634 state plough vehicles and 250 contractors working to clear the roads.

Weather experts are describing the storm as a "bomb cyclone", meaning a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure has caused hurricane-like conditions. We measure the pressure in units called millibars.

Ankle deep snow and wind gusts approaching 50 miles per hour (80 kph) covered the Ocean City Boardwalk, which was under a blizzard warning Thursday.

Flooding was causing some of the biggest issues in MA, where icy water was surging through coastal streets, including in Boston.

Seventeen cold-related deaths have been reported across the United States, according to the Associated Press news agency.Hurricane force winds of up to 60mph (95km/h) are expected to hammer the north-eastern USA coastline.

"We just had a couple of fatalities in North Carolina of people out on the roads and their trucks slid of the roads", he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said it could feel like -30 C on Friday and Saturday nights with the wind chill. No one was injured, an Amtrak spokesman said.

Two people were killed in Virginia on Thursday, according to authorities.

The NOAA forecast below shows the chance of snow and thundersnow tomorrow.

In northern New England, temperatures will be below zero this weekend.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the southern part of the state, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for several counties. And by week's end, Boston and part of New Hampshire will be colder than Mars.