Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Brutal winter storm freezes waterfall in US, dumps snow in Florida

Brutal winter storm freezes waterfall in US, dumps snow in Florida

Authorities in North Carolina say two men died Wednesday night when their pickup truck overturned into a creek in Moore County, southwest of the Raleigh-Durham area.

Thursday's fourth fatality came when a vehicle near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, couldn't stop at the bottom of a steep hill covered in snow. The storm's central pressure will have fallen 53 millibars in just 24 hours - an astonishing rate of intensification.

Winter Storm Warnings are still up for the coastal areas of north Georgia through Virginia.

The vortex is represented in the gif below by the swirling purple mass, which shows forecasted temperatures as low as -21°F.

The Boston area received 12 inches of snow, with more on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning to Jacksonville, Florida, and all surrounding cities with "significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice" expected to hit from Wednesday to Thursday.

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A pier stretches in a frozen part of the Long Island Sound in West Haven, US.

Winter Storm Grayson brought snow as far south as Florida, where Tallahassee saw its first snow in 28 years and some Orlando theme parks like Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld closed parts of their attractions because of the lower temperatures the storm brought.

There are already reports of icy roads in Florida and Georgia.

This strong change in pressure or "pressure gradient" is fairly common with these winter storms that form over the Atlantic Ocean and hit the northeastern United states with snow and strong northeasterly winds.

A hungry buck didn't appear bothered by the storm in Staten Island. (Credit: Aaron Lynett/Reuters) Pedestrians stop to photograph the frozen Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in NY. A winter storm warning means unsafe winter weather is expected, with "considerable travel problems", while a winter weather advisory means "travel difficulties" are expected with "potentially risky winter weather". Winds as high as 77 miles per hour (the strength of a category-1 hurricane) were reported in eastern North Carolina.

From Florida to ME, the east coast is bracing for a winter storm that has been described as a monster storm, nor'easter, winter hurricane, and "bomb cyclone" and is expected to bring wind, snow, ice, and extreme cold.

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Because air and ground temperatures are both well below freezing, snow will stick to all untreated surfaces, causing slipperiness.

"Anticipate travel and economic impacts today and tonight with accumulating snow and white-out conditions". There are also warnings over coastal flooding, downed trees and power lines along the East Coast.

Airports shut down in Savannah, Charleston and elsewhere as airlines cancelled several flights. LaGuardia Airport in New York City said that more than 90 percent of its flights scheduled for Thursday were canceled due to the forecasted snow storm.

A cyclone warning has been issued for NY where as much as 30cm of snow is expected, as well as some other areas in Long Island, New Jersey and CT.

There's no doubt a large winter storm formed off the northeast US Coast on January 3 and 4, 2018. He added that the cold temperatures can also be deadly. It's basically just a really bad snow storm that occurs when a bunch of moisture from the south meets up with a blast of extremely cold air from the north.

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The Modesto Irrigation District reported that more than half of an inch of rain had fallen in downtown Modesto on Tuesday. According to the weather service, the average high temperature for January 11 is just 31 degrees.

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