What Is a 'Bomb Cyclone,' or Bombogenesis?

A man walks through the streets of Boston as snow falls from a massive winter storm

What Is a 'Bomb Cyclone,' or Bombogenesis?

Winds are still expected to hit up to 45 miles per hour, with the bulk of the storm tapering off by late afternoon/early evening. In Charleston, South Carolina, one to three inches of snow and sleet are expected. Also known as a "bombogenesis", it could bring lots of snow and record-low temperatures.

The agency that runs New York City-area airports says all flights have been suspended temporarily at JFK and LaGuardia airports due to wind and whiteout conditions.

In addition to the canceled flights, rail company Amtrak reduced service between NY and Boston due to the storm and canceled train service between Washington D.C. and two stops in Virginia.

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The storm was also expected to track closer to the coast than originally predicted, which means it would end up dumping more snow on land than previously forecasted.

More than 3,000 flights have been cancelled within the US, as of Thursday morning, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. The Office of Personnel Management informed that nonemergency federal workers could report two hours late, work remotely, or take an unscheduled leave.

Parts of Florida reported light snow with temperatures just below freezing. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for all of downstate New York.

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And blizzard warnings were in effect in Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Virginia.

First, the storm has to move out over the ocean. Savannah Hilton Head airport in Georgia closed Wednesday and remained closed Thursday, according to local news outlets.

So what exactly is a "bomb cyclone"?

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