Weather Data Points to Massive 'Bomb Cyclone' Hitting Eastern US

Video: Snow in Florida?

A storm system is forming east of Florida on Wednesday, but already a mix of ice and snow has brought winter storm warnings to northern Florida and southern Georgia. Weather forecasters warned a so-called "bomb cyclone" will likely form off the New England coast as the storm system makes its way north. The atmospheric pressure isn't expected to drop quite that quickly, but the Washington Post's "Capital Weather Gang" believes the storm will undergo "explosive strengthening". The weather service said precipitation in the Florida city had almost ended by 9 a.m., but places to the east were still receiving freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Hurricane hunter airplanes today are flying into a building winter storm along the Eastern seaboard that meteorologists have dubbed a "bomb cyclone" due to a forecast for rapidly dropping barometric pressure.

How much the storm affects the coast is contingent on a number of factors, most notably how far out to sea it tracks.

Parts of 15 states from Florida to ME will see effects from this developing coastal storm. "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving & don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear", said the Tallahassee Police Department along with the hashtags #SunshineState #SnowDay #WinterIsHere. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm - which means that bomb-ranked storms can conjure up devastating wintry conditions. The National Weather Service said areas in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia could see up to an inch of snow and ice on the roadways early Wednesday.

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Most of the cancellations were in New Jersey, Boston and NY, which are seeing snowfall rates of up to 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) an hour and wind gusts up to 80 miles (128 kilometers) per hour.

Public schools in New York City have also been closed for Thursday.

Late on Tuesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 28 counties after the National Weather Service issued the winter storm warning. When the storm has ended, the entire coast is expected to be hit with another wave of frigid air.

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