Blizzard warnings are in effect from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a powerful and potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.
The storm will bring an array of hazards, from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten coastal property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.
The storm is expected to rapidly intensify as it moves from the coastal Carolinas on Friday to a position south-southeast of Cape Cod on Saturday. A total of 46 million people were under some form of winter storm warnings as of Friday morning.
The Weather Channel reports:
Heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding will hammer southern and eastern New England and Long Island. Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are expected in the most intense snowbands over eastern New England.
This snow will gradually diminish in Long Island and southern New England Saturday night, but will continue in Maine and parts of New Hampshire. At least moderate to locally heavy snowfall will also fall from the New York City tri-state into the Delmarva Peninsula and Virginia Tidewater before diminishing Saturday afternoon.
Poor visibility from blowing snow is expected where accumulating snow overlaps with the stronger winds along the East Coast. Blizzard conditions are most likely in areas under blizzard warnings.
BLIZZARD WARNINGS expanded west from Boston and across downeast Maine now! 8 states involved now. pic.twitter.com/Gl6hkMIcU7
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) January 28, 2022
New York and Boston can expect heavy snowfall as a bomb cyclone sweeps through the region, causing flight cancellations as blizzard threats mount https://t.co/VKqUYVUl6g
— Bloomberg (@business) January 28, 2022
Major winter storm could develop into bomb cyclone, slamming Northeast with hurricane-force winds and heavy snow this weekend https://t.co/M35Mr8CYir
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 28, 2022
This bomb cyclone is going to be one for the record books in New England! Insane snowfall rates up there, incredible snow totals, hurricane force winds possible. This will be the Blizzard of 2022! Parts of six different states, including New Jersey are now under Blizzard Warnings pic.twitter.com/B1EpjdAABO
— Chris Sowers (@chris_sowers) January 28, 2022
? Above average Atlantic ocean temperatures will likely give a boost to the blizzard ?️
A warmer-than-average Gulf Stream will supply abundant moisture + sensible & latent heat fluxes, increasing latent heat release & enhancing bomb cyclone development ? pic.twitter.com/rEQrMPvyEV
— Ben Noll (@BenNollWeather) January 28, 2022
A bomb cyclone is taking aim at the East Coast, putting 75 million people from North Carolina to Maine in its crosshairs. Boston is bracing for 3 feet of snow and winds of up to 60 mph. @chadmyerscnn has the latest forecast. pic.twitter.com/xf0ONq4kdw
— New Day (@NewDay) January 28, 2022
Snow Totals UP and Blizzard Warnings in effect. Hurricane Hunters flew into the Atlantic last evening and the new data went right into the models. Here is our latest forecast/alerts. pic.twitter.com/BjCM5RvQX6
— Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJerasTV) January 28, 2022