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A Nor’easter Approaching New York Risks Becoming a Bomb Cyclone

  • Storm will sweep up the coast later Friday into Saturday
  • It could intensify so quickly it would become a ‘bomb cyclone’
A nor’easter paralyzed New York last winter.
A nor’easter paralyzed New York last winter.Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

The chances are rising a powerful storm will sweep the Northeast of the U.S. late Friday into Saturday, bringing heavy snow, rain and winds and potentially disrupting air, rail and road transportation as far south as New York and New Jersey. 

The seed of the storm will be making its way into the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, and then drive across the U.S. and Canada, where it will interact with frigid air driving wind chills in Chicago down to minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-32 Celsius), according to the National Weather Service. It will then build itself into a nor’easter Friday afternoon off the East Coast and intensify so rapidly it could become a so-called bomb cyclone.