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New Yorkers brace for ‘bomb cyclone’ as snow arrives in NYC


New Yorkers brace for ‘bomb cyclone’ as snow arrives in NYC

The “bomb cyclone” is upon us.

The first flakes of winter storm Grayson’s snow fell upon New York City before dawn, and the five boroughs could see 6 to 10 inches by the end of Thursday.

Long Island is bracing for up to a foot of snow, while a blizzard warning has been issued for Suffolk County until 1 a.m. Friday.

While temperatures will reach a high of 28 degrees, the bone-chilling cold will feel more like 18 degrees with the wind chill.

With snow, ice and high winds expected to last through Thursday evening, authorities urged people to stay off the roads and take cover inside.

Poor conditions prompted New York City Transit to stop local 6 train service in the Bronx, while northbound E and F trains are running local between Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave. and Kew Gardens in Queens.

Northbound Staten Island Railway trains were also marred with snow-related delays by 7:30 a.m. The Staten Island Ferry will also operate every 20 minutes during the Thursday morning rush, the city’s Department of Transportation said.

By that point snow had already laid a coating on the Southern State Parkway.  

More than 450 flights have been cancelled at Newark Liberty International Airport, while another 267 have been grounded at LaGuardia, according to FlightAware.

Another 169 flights were cancelled at John F. Kennedy International. 

All New York City schools and after-school programs will be cancelled Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

The storm, which will continue to move north, will be followed by a wave of bitter cold, with record low temperatures expected across New England, eastern New York, and the mid-Atlantic states by dawn on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said the system will likely undergo a process called “bombogenesis,” which occurs when cold air collides with a warm air mass, causing the storm to strengthen rapidly.

Despite the ominous name, the “bombogenesis,” occurs along the East Coast a few times a year, according to weather service meteorologist Faye Morrone.

The coastal Southeast got a rare blast of snow and ice on Wednesday and Charleston, South Carolina, was hit with 5 inches of snow.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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