But the end of the storm doesn’t mean the end of the danger.
Millions of Americans are bracing for potential power shortages as a deeper freeze is expected to come in the following days till Saturday, requiring more fuel to warm homes and commercial buildings.
The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings in many parts of the Eastern Seaboard between North Carolina and Maine.
The WCVB Channel 5 Boston meteorologist said Boston and NY should expect bands of snow to “combine with winds” creating blizzards as well as plummeting temperatures. Philadelphia declared a snow emergency.
“Bitter cold and risky wind chills to persist into the weekend”, the National Weather Service said in a warning Wednesday morning.
The coastal storm system has already brought ice, sleet, and snow to portions of southern Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle and the Carolinas Wednesday as much of the country remains under the grip of a powerful Arctic air mass.
The term for the weather phenomenon has varied over the years. Snow fell Wednesday on Tallahassee, Florida’s capital, and stretched across the border into Georgia.
According to the NWS, driving conditions in Charleston have became “rapidly dangerous” due to icy road conditions.
We’re still ironing out the details of the track and “we need people to pay attention” to the updates, he said.
Icicles cling to power lines behind rowhomes Wednesday in Catonsville, Maryland.
More than 3,000 US flights have been canceled, according to FlightAware. American Airlines Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have begun suspending flights at some eastern US airports.
Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in wide effect, and wind gusts hit more than 70 miles per hour in places.
USA weather will reach polar vortex if bomb cyclone hits.
Some news channels in the U.S. speculated that parts of northern USA might experience temperatures colder than Mars. Bob Beres of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. As the storm moves from warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean to the artic, air masses build up that cause an explosive cyclogenesis. When it happens the results can be ferocious.
Somewhat like a hurricane, this Nor’easter will create possible hurricane force winds with a significant pressure drop. “It could drop 40 to 50 millibars in 36 hours”.
“This is a serious, serious storm”, he said at a news conference. Hurricane Sandy, which had tropical characteristics, ruling it out as a direct comparison, had a minimum central air pressure of 946 millibars when it made landfall in New Jersey in October 2012.