Snow and high winds have slammed the U.S. Northeast, and meteorologists expect temperatures Friday may feel as cold as 30 degrees below zero in some places.
While some children enjoyed a day off school, 3,600 flights were grounded and New York declared emergencies in New York City, Westchester County and on Long Island, where high winds created near-whiteout conditions. New Jersey declared emergencies in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties.
The storm’s power has been increasing in a process called bombogenesis—what people are calling a bomb cyclone—which occurs when a system’s air pressure quickly plunges. “It is really going to town,” said Bob Oravec, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
Schools were closed from Philadelphia to Boston. Connecticut and Massachusetts told non-essential state workers to stay home, and New Jersey shuttered state offices.