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Huge swath of USA hit by winter storm bringing, snow, cold

Huge swath of USA hit by winter storm bringing, snow, cold”

The biggest storm this season thus far is set to batter Long Island, with both Nassau and Suffolk Counties issuing Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings respectively amid forecasts of up to a foot of snow in some areas, accompanied by gusts of wind as high as 50 miles per hour or more.

Forecasters say snow could extend even father west that originally thought from a storm moving off the SC coast.

On Thursday afternoon, the tide gauge at Boston Harbor matched its record at 15.1 feet - previously set during the blizzard of 1978.

Rescue services had to rush to the aid of people trapped by icy waters in their vehicles or forced from their homes by rising seawater, even in the historic area of the city, the Boston Globe said. In one case, the fire department used a front-loader to rescue a woman from the second floor of her home, photos from neighbor Jennifer Olivieri show. Deaths also were reported in Mississippi, Michigan and other states. "We want to clear the streets". Now, the system is in full "bomb cyclone" status, which is a dramatic term for a system that prompts a rapid pressure drop that causes an explosive gain in strength.

Commuters travel on the southbound side of the New Jersey Turnpike during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Woodbridge, N.J. The New Jersey Shore, which has been experiencing deep cold weather to start the new year, is under a winter storm advisory.

In other parts of the USA, dangerously cold temperatures have been blamed for at least a dozen deaths as well as freezing a water tower in Iowa and halting ferry service in NY.

The airport said flight operations would not resume until the Air Force determines the runways are safe for aircraft and passengers.

A person walks through the streets of Boston as snow falls
A person walks through the streets of Boston as snow falls

Steady snowfall blanketed Charleston, recording at least 5.3 inches on Wednesday. Police urged drivers to stay off the roads in a region little accustomed to the kind of winter woes common to the Northeast.

In Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, water was as high as a garbage container knocked on its side.

People who take to the roads are in for an "ugly, long commute" New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Any moisture left on the ground by this evening will freeze overnight leading to icy conditions by Thursday. Clouds increasing with snow south late.

The Boston area received 30cm of snow, with more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. According to the Wall Street Journal, conditions are expected to worsen although 2,000 snow-chain laden buses are now on the streets.

In New York and Philadelphia, temperatures are expected to dip to 3 degrees this weekend.

North Carolina is bracing for snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures. As the storm continued to move rapidly to the Northeast while Arctic air remained in place across the entire USA...



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