A rapid storm traveling into the northeast could intensify into the first “bombing cyclone” of the winter season Friday morning – and dump up to six inches of snow in New York City, forecasters said.
The storm is expected to hamper morning commuting across the tri-state area, Accuweather.com reported, with some spots receiving a powerful eruption of 1-2 inches of snow per hour.
Locations under any intense snowstorm can withstand “a nightmare” commute, AccuWeather’s chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter said.
More than 2,100 flights were canceled with hundreds in the northeast.
Thursday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency prior to the storm.
Snowfall in total along the east coast ranged from 2 inches in parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania and as much as 18 inches in New York from Thursday night. The total number of snowfalls is expected to increase as the storm continues to move through.
Pennsylvania officials provided safety notices to residents as the state prepared for snow.
The NYPD reminded commuters to prepare for the morning commute as snow fell over the city overnight.
Snowfall from the storm covered Tennessee and North Carolina before entering the Mid-Atlantic Ocean heading northeast.
The nation’s capital was expected to see up to 3 inches of snow in its second winter storm this week, according to Accuweather.
“The further north you go, the greater the snow accumulation,” AccuWeather’s chief video meteorologist Bernie Rayno told Reuters.
As the storm intensifies off the coast of New England, it can develop into a “bomb cyclone” – characterized as an intense weather event characterized by a rapid drop in barometric pressure, causing heavy rainfall and gusts of wind.
With Post wires