Weather: The winter storm could turn into a bombshell cyclone, hitting the northeast with hurricane-force winds and snow

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A major winter storm with the potential for hurricane-force winds and heavy snowfall threatens to hit the northeast this weekend. According to AccuWeather.

“A winter storm is likely to create significant impacts across New England from Friday evening through Sunday,” the National Weather Service said. noted Thusday. “Notable impacts may also extend south along the east coast through North Carolina.”

The heaviest snowfall is expected in New England, although snowfall is also possible in more southern metropolitan areas, including New York and Washington, DC, the weather agency said. According to Accuweather, northeast coastal cities could also experience strong hurricane-force wind gusts.

Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could see up to 18 inches of snow from the storm, which could be dubbed a bomb cyclone – occurring when a cyclone escalates rapidly and strengthens due to central pressure decreasing by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.

Parts of Connecticut could see up to 12 inches of snow, and the New York area could see six inches or more, though forecasters warn uncertainty and the possibility of significant change.

The National Weather Service urged those in the storm’s potential path to monitor forecast updates, be prepared for possible scattered power outages, purchase snow shovels and fill car gas tanks in advance.

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