Story highlights Temps will drop to 3 degrees in NYC and minus 7 degrees in Boston12 people have died from the cold, officials in four states say
(CNN)A massive “bombogenesis” — an area of rapidly declining low pressure — will wreak havoc on the Northeast this week, threatening hurricane-force winter wind gusts and blinding snow.
The bombogenesis will result in what’s known as a “bomb cyclone.” And the bomb cyclone, expected to strike Thursday, will likely dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in New England and hurl 40- to 60-mph gusts. Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USOmar Elkhalidi scrapes ice off his windshield in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday, January 3. Only a few motorists ventured out in freezing rain that coated bridges and ramps with ice, forcing police to close roads and highways.Hide Caption 1 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA New Jersey State Police boat floats through ice on the Delaware River near Camden, New Jersey, on January 3.Hide Caption 2 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA woman in Chicago walks to work in sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday, January 2. Blasts of Arctic air have brought weather-related deaths, record-low temperatures and historic amounts of snowfall to parts of the United States.Hide Caption 3 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USIcicles form on a outdoor string of lights in Houston on January 2.Hide Caption 4 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USFirefighter Bobby Lehman, with his helmet and gear caked in ice, tries to thaw out after battling a fire in Nahant, Masschusetts, on Monday, January 1.Hide Caption 5 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA barge cuts through ice on the Ohio River as it passes under the West End Bridge, along the North Shore district in Pittsburgh on January 1.Hide Caption 6 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USTwo photographers are silhouetted against the frozen surface of the Reflecting Pool in Washington as they capture the first sunrise of the new year.Hide Caption 7 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USVisitors view Niagara Falls in New York on Sunday, December 31.Hide Caption 8 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USThe Cloud Gate sculpture is blanketed with snow in Chicago’s Millennium Park on December 31.Hide Caption 9 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USSamantha Dement-Graham shovels her neighbor’s sidewalk in Dubuque, Iowa, on Friday, December 29.Hide Caption 10 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA man in Erie, Pennsylvania, walks with his groceries in a cart on December 29.Hide Caption 11 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USJose Nieto uses a leaf blower to clear snow from the steps of a sick neighbor’s house in Bloomington, Illinois, on December 29.Hide Caption 12 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA man digs his car out in his driveway in Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 29.Hide Caption 13 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USPeople walk through a frigid New York City on Thursday, December 28.Hide Caption 14 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USKarlee Winter and her brother Samuel Espinoza shovel snow from their neighbor’s sidewalk in Dubuque, Iowa, on December 28.Hide Caption 15 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USTwo women take a selfie in front of a partially frozen fountain in New York City on Wednesday, December 27.Hide Caption 16 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USPeople try to keep warm in New York’s Times Square on December 27.Hide Caption 17 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA person walks by a steam vent in Boston on December 27.Hide Caption 18 of 19 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USSmoke rises from Chicago skyscrapers on Tuesday, December 26.Hide Caption 19 of 19By the end of this week, parts of the Northeast will be colder than Mars. At Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, the temperature will plunge to minus 35 degrees Friday night into Saturday, weather observer Taylor Regan said. At last check several days ago, the high temperature on Mars was minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit. But it’s not just New England suffering winter’s wrath. Freezing rain, sleet and snow are smothering parts of the Southeast on Wednesday. Read MoreFlorida gets walloped with snowFrom Maine to Florida, every East Coast state has at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. That’s 1,500 miles of severe weather alerts. In Tallahassee, Florida, Ernst Beliard said he’s never seen snow in his 21 years there. “Yo its actually snowing in Tallahassee,” he tweeted.
YO ITS ACTUALLY SNOWING IN TALLAHASSEE pic.twitter.com/Ydh9pc4QPG
— Big Ern (@ernstnation) January 3, 2018 Indeed, Tallahassee had not seen measurable snowfall since 1989, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. Track severe weather across the countryThe unusually frigid conditions sweeping Florida led to the closures of Florida State University and Florida A&M University on Wednesday. They also forced the temporary closures of Orlando water parks and prompted authorities to open dozens of emergency shelters. Deep freeze across South CarolinaIn the Palmetto State, palm trees will likely be covered in ice and snow — and could knock down power lines, the National Weather Service in Charleston said. “Forecasters expect below freezing temperatures to last for much of the week throughout the entire state,” South Carolina Emergency Management said. Charleston is slated to get 4 inches of snow late Wednesday. That would be the most in one day since 1989, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. Runways at Charleston International Airport closed Wednesday, and South Carolina Highway Patrol reported dozens of accidents as snow fell.
Video of snow falling near S’ville on I-26. Seeing less traffic now than I did an hour ago. We are working 72 incidents between Jasper/Charleston now. pic.twitter.com/yXJWucb4i7
— Trooper Bob (@TrooperBob_SCHP) January 3, 2018 Authorities urged people to stay off the streets as 1,000 snow plows and salt trucks treated roads and bridges, the state’s department of transportation said. State of emergency in GeorgiaGeorgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency Tuesday for 28 coastal counties ahead of the storm. In photos: Brutal cold torments the USSavannah/Hilton Head International Airport — typically booming with tourists this time of year — closed Wednesday “due to severe winter weather conditions,” the airport said. But the entire state is suffering bitter conditions. In the south-central city of Tifton, Matthew Stuart Reid shot drone footage of the snowfall, set to the music of “Winter Wonderland.”
— Matthew Stuart Reid (@mattstureid) January 3, 2018 Deadly freezeStay warm! Your life could depend on itAt least 12 people in the US have died this week in cold-related deaths, officials said.Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, one in North Dakota and one in Missouri. The Texas deaths included two homeless people in Houston who were exposed to freezing conditions, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted. Bone-chilling cold, intense snow in NortheastNew York City hasn’t warmed up above freezing since Christmas — and the deep freeze will just get worse. The bombogenesis will usher in another round of single-digit or sub-zero temperatures to the Northeast. New York City and Philadelphia will dip to 3 degrees this weekend, Miller said. Boston will plunge to minus 7. The coolest cold-weather terms knowAnd with 4-6 inches of snowfall expected in New York, sanitation workers are getting ready to deploy 2,200 plows to help clear the streets.That snow, combined with “exceptionally strong winds,” means crews will be working in near-whiteout conditions, New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said. But despite the extreme cold in the eastern US, there have been more record highs set (381) than record lows (353) over the past week, Miller said. Some of the cities breaking record-high temps include Los Angeles (85 degrees last Friday) and Fort Collins, Colorado (68 degrees last Friday).