These 12 Pictures Show the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Gripping the Northeast

Record cold. Schools closed. Flights grounded.

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.

And down in Florida, it was so cold that iguanas fell from trees.

People battle the elements as they pass a vehicle buried by a snow drift in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Photographer: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Potato the corgi is walked by Nora Hughes down Newbury Street in Boston.

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New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5 is blanketed by the white stuff.

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Pedestrians cross a shrouded Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

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A worker shovels snow from a sidewalk in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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A tractor trailer on its side after running off of the road in Georgetown, Delaware.

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A United States Postal Service letter carrier braves the elements in Boston.

Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg

A woman wearing goggles walks through the snow in Brooklyn.

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A pedestrian takes a walk through a very wintry Boston Common.

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Thom Meyers, 67, trudges with a cane through the snow-covered streets of Atlantic City.

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Children play in New York City.

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People walk alongside the frozen Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington.

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