Freak weather rips through US as extreme snow bomb cyclone buries East Coast cities

US Weather: Millions wake up to ‘powerful winter storm’

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The snow bomb cyclone has ripped through several American states this weekend, with millions waking up to a deep freeze on Sunday morning. A bomb cyclone is defined by meteorologists as an intense weather event marked by a quick drop in barometric pressure that brings heavy precipitation and gusty winds. NBC’s Kathy Park told the Today programme the record-breaking winter storm stretched “from Kentucky to Maine”.

She said: “A powerful winter storm has slammed the East Coast.

“Conditions went from bad to worse early Friday morning in Massachusetts with more than an inch falling every hour.

“Snowploughs struggled to keep up, as the snow sent cars sliding.

“The fast-moving system packed a punch with record-breaking snow in Tennessee and more than six inches in New York’s Central Park.”

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So far, more than 2,500 flights have been cancelled while hundreds of schools and offices have shut down.

This made it the 13th straight day of more than 1,000 domestic flights being cancelled.

Nearly 100 million people have been impacted by the winter weather, according to ABC News.

By Thursday evening, a whopping 37 states had declared winter weather alerts for the weekend.

New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s arrival. 

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam followed suit hours later, saying: “These back-to-back storms will generate landmark winter weather that requires extra flexibility – particularly as many continue to deal with power outages.”

Parts of New York City saw more than eight inches of snowfall, while more than 10 inches fell in parts of Connecticut by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Boston Public Schools were closed after more than 11 inches of snow fell in the city.

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In Kentucky, a huge pile-up of vehicles meant dozens of drivers barely moved for five hours.

In one viral moment caught on camera, BBC correspondent Laura Trevelyan was ambushed by a sudden snowdrift while filming in Washington DC earlier this week.

The British journalist had been in the city to do a piece on the first anniversary of the Capitol riot when the sudden snow storm interrupted her piece to camera.

The chaotic winter weather comes just days after snow had led to delays on the I-95 road in Virginia, with drivers stuck in traffic for nearly 30 hours.

On the other side of the country, Washington state has experienced nearly two feet of snow, leading to flooding, landslides and the threat of avalanches.

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