Second ‘bomb cyclone’ this winter blasts across Mid-Atlantic, dumps snow in Ohio

File photo

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–A massive nor’easter blasted the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast yesterday with hurricane-force wind gusts, pelting rain, heavy wet snow and caused coastal flooding. This is the same storm that brought Ohio a soaking rain Thursday, and wind-whipped snow in the northern sections overnight, accumulating 3 to 12 inches from Galion to Ashtabula County.

Friday’s storm deepened after reaching the New Jersey coast a stunning 26 millibars (.77 inches of mercury on your home barometer) in 21 hours, fitting the criterion for a “bomb cyclone” for the second time this winter, which is remarkable and an indication of both unusually warm sea water and a vigorous jet stream disturbance.

On January 3-4, a historic bomb cyclone intensified explosively (59 mb/1.74 in in 24 hours) south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, reaching a low pressure of 28.05 inches.

READ MORE: More flooding expected as deadly nor’easter moves out to sea 

The dynamics to create “bombogenesis” are well-understood: a powerful jet stream aloft and warm ocean water coming together to cause a low-pressure system to spin up under highly favorable atmospheric conditions.

The rapid pressure drop caused fierce winds on Friday, gusting to 71 mph at Cape May, New Jersey, and 93 mph at Barnstable, Massachusetts, driving water at high tide to the third highest level on record at Boston Harbor. More than 2 million people lost power from North Carolina to Maine during the storm as trees were toppled by a combination of high wind, and inland heavy wet snow.

Snow accumulations reached 40 inches west of Albany, New York, and ranged from 10 to 30 inches in places from the Pennsylvania Poconos to the New York Catskill Mountains. Conditions resembled a whiteout and traffic was snarled for many hours, leaving motorists trapped on snow-clogged roads, surrounded by downed trees and power lines. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s