The northeast is bracing itself for the first winter storm of 2018, which meteorologists are calling a “bomb cyclone.”
The weather system is expected to bring one to three inches of snow on Thursday morning, but will continue with frigid temperatures down to 8 degrees and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour. According to the Weather Channel, the snow will begin at 3 a.m. on Thursday and end on Thursday evening.
In an interview with Vox, North Carolina meteorologist Ed Vallee explained that a bomb cyclone is an extreme drop in pressure over a 24-hour period.
“The bomb is really not that uncommon, but it does indicate a very strong, strengthening low-pressure system,” he said.
But he also noted that this weather system is no different in power than a typical Nor’easter.
The city’s Department of Emergency management announced that alternative side parking will be suspended on Jan. 4 due to the storm.
The city’s Department of Sanitation has implemented a snow alert beginning today at 3 p.m. and announced that its spreaders will be out in force. Check the city’s real-time snow plow tracker app Plow NYC or view it online at www.plownyc.gov.
The National Weather Service posted at 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning that “the snow may be heavy over parts of the Southern Mid-Atlantic Coast overnight Wednesday. In addition, by early Thursday morning, snow will begin to develop over parts of New England and expand into Northern New England by Thursday afternoon, continuing into Friday morning. The snow may be heavy at times over New England. The snow will end over the Mid-Atlantic by Thursday evening.”