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[Updated] East Coast Braces for a “Snow Bomb”

[Updated] East Coast Braces for a “Snow Bomb”
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Meteorologists warn that this storm is no “typical nor’easter”.

[UPDATE - Jan. 4, 2018, 9:39 am] It now looks like this storm will also hit Eastern Quebec. The Bas-St-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord regions will receive as much as 20 to 40 centimetres of snow tonight. In addition, dozens of flights leaving Montreal's Trudeau Int'l Airport towards the East Coast have been delayed, cancelled or are currently in jeopardy. Click here to access their website for the most up-to-date flight status.

Long story short, if you were planning on travelling to the East Coast of Canada or the U.S. between today and this weekend, your plans will likely have to change or even be cancelled.

Multiple Weather Canada alerts are in effect for Southern Quebec, including winter storm warnings in Amqui, Baie-Comeau, Blanc-Sablon, Chevery, Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madelaine, Kamouraska, Rivière-du-Loup, Forestville, Matane, Minganie, Natashquan, New Carlisle, Rimouski, Saguenay, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Sept-Îles, Témiscouata and more. A smog alert is also in effect for the Montreal area. Click here for Weather Canada's latest alerts list for Southern Quebec.

All maritime provinces and Newfoundland are under winter storm warning. Click here to get the latest updates from Weather Canada.

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After the extreme cold temperatures, East Coast authorities in the U.S. and Canada are warning people to prepare for a “bombogenesis” storm forecasted to hit North Carolina today. The storm will pick up in intensity as it heads up the East Coast, finally reaching its apex above New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

“Bombogenesis” happens when a storm’s pressure drops rapidly – by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. This results in intense winds and precipitations which in this case will likely affect electric grids and transportation systems across the East Coast.

One Floridian man even Tweeted a video of snow in his back yard!

As the snow heads north towards New Hampshire, Maine and the Atlantic provinces, it will increase in intensity. A spokesperson for Nova Scotia Power said the province’s residents should be prepared, as there is a “high risk of power outages”. New Brunswick is expecting up to 25 cm of snow in most areas, and there’s also a weather advisory for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Boston is expected to be particularly hard-hit: 

New York City authorities are also preparing for an unusually large amount of snow by their local standards. 

 

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