Powerful winter storm slams Island Park with blizzard-like conditions

Sea ice covers Cape Cod Bay as viewed from Rock Harbor Beach on January 3rd in Orleans Massachusetts

In fact, wind gusts often exceed hurricane-force near the center of a bomb. Also known as the "Storm of the Century", that massive weather system brought huge snowfall totals, high winds and coastal flooding to the Eastern part of the United States. The trolley station for Boston's aquarium was temporarily shut down due to water gushing down the stairs.

State governments are also preparing evacuation measures and emergency shelters. In New England, Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, could get eight to 12 inches, while Portland, Maine, could see 10 to 15 inches, the U.S. National Weather Service said.

Temperatures could be as low as -15 degrees in NY and -25 degrees in Boston over the weekend with wind chill.

Gusts of 75 miles per hour were recorded in Wellfleet, Mass., and a gust of 76 miles per hour was recorded in Nantucket.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker warned residents of the risky conditions to come.

Looking for news you can trust? The rare weather phenomenon results in the unusual combination of thunder and lightning during a snowstorm.

Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in effect, schools and government offices closed for the day, thousands of flights were cancelled and motorists were warned to be careful as conditions worsened. Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, three in North Carolina and one each in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Virginia.

"Our flight already got cancelled and moved so were supposed to leave at 11".

Flights are expected to resume at JFK Friday at 7:00am local time. "As the storm moves through, de-icing capacity will be a greater concern and will limit operations at airports along the East Coast".


People in the U.S. are seeing white this week as they experience snow flurries and extreme cold from a "bomb cyclone" storm surging across the East Coast.

That's what meteorologists dubbed the first major snowstorm of 2018, which is set to hit Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and coastal eastern New England Thursday. We can handle snow.

Here are some of the best satellite pictures and animations we've seen, a lot of them recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite.

"Everyone needs to take this weather very seriously".

In Connecticut, Gov. Dan Malloy urged residents to stay off roads.

Schools were expected to reopen Friday.

Earlier in the week, winter weather brought unusually cold temperatures and snowfall to southern states, as far as Florida. Almost a quarter-inch of ice was measured in Lake City, Fla. Officials there said they expected between 1 and 2 inches of snow to fall in the city.

And while Winter Storm Grayson will affect different regions in varying ways, one thing should remain consistent throughout: the freezing temperatures.

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