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Powerful winter storm making its way up east coast

Powerful winter storm making its way up east coast Powerful winter storm making its way up east coast
Patty Aguilar | 05 January, 2018, 21:11

The effect is seen along the Northeastern coast every winter, but this storm will be particularly powerful, said Judah Cohen, a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After bringing rare snowfall to the southeast a day earlier, the storm carried rapid accumulation and high winds to NY, where subway systems appeared less crowded than usual as many commuters heeded officials' warnings to stay home.

We needn't worry about breaking any daily temperature records over the next few days because most all of the cold records will be broken through Saturday and possibly into next week. As the storm begins moving up the East Coast, rain will develop over parts of the Southern Mid-Atlantic Coast that will change over to all snow by Thursday morning. Forecasters said hurricane-force winds blowing offshore on Thursday could generate 24-foot seas. William Shaw, a Savannah native, used baby steps to shuffle along a frozen road from his home to the post office.

In Quincy, Massachusetts, one street turned into an icy river.

"Because I'm 84, and I don't feel like shoveling snow tomorrow", Sal Colonna said.

Snow ploughs and salt trucks have been dispatched along streets and motorways and schools were closed through much of the region.

The brutal conditions in the Northeast come one day after the same storm system brought wintry weather to the South. Families with children flocked to Forsyth Park near the downtown historic district for snowball fights.

"Stay away from the coasts", the National Weather Service in Boston tweeted.

Across the Georgia-South Carolina line in Charleston, the weather service reported 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) as the snow was winding down at 5 p.m.

In Tallahassee, Florida, Ernst Beliard said he's never seen snow in his 21 years there.

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"They probably will be teenagers the next time something like this happens, and that's kind of sad", Monoc said.

Airlines had cancelled more than 2,100 on Thursday flights so far, on top of 558 Wednesday, according to FlightAware, an online tracking service. Interstate 95 was nearly an icy parking lot for almost all of its 200 miles (322 kilometers) in SC.

Frigid water poured into the streets of some coastal New England cities Thursday, as a bomb cyclone pounded the region with record-high tides and blinding snow. "But it's a snowstorm plus, let's call it, and we're going to be declaring a state of emergency because the situation has continued to deteriorate".

The "bomb cyclone" that raked up the East Coast in the middle of this week left behind snow, ice and damaging coastal flooding.

At least 12 people in the U.S. have died this week in cold-related deaths, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, meaning snow equipment will be ready to handle the winter weather. The city has declared an emergency and is hiring outside contractors to help fix water main breaks.

Blizzard warnings were issued from Rhode Island to Maine.

Winter Storm Grayson is now expected to continue moving across coastal New Jersey, southeastern NY and southern New England before moving farther northward to southern New Hampshire and ME, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) has also declared a state of emergency through Friday for 28 counties in the state. School systems on the Alabama coast waived uniform requirements so students could bundle up. Florida State University and Florida A&M University temporarily closed due to the severe weather conditions. Temperatures are running well below normal for this time of year, and the lows are expected to hover right around freezing.

Drew reported from Durham, North Carolina. African elephants, lions and gorillas were sheltered out of public view.

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