Record-breaking cold weather continues to grip most of the United States this week and there is no end in sight. A mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow is forecast to coat palm trees across the usually warm Southeast portion of the United States including Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina on Wednesday.
But the Northeast will get pounded by even scarier weather; highlighted by a “bomb cyclone” with potentially deadly winds and a subzero blast of arctic air from the North Pole because of a polar vortex.
Snow is falling in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon... this is about 30 miles south of Abbeville, Louisiana. Video from Matthew Robinson pic.twitter.com/D6IeZk6nZ3— James Spann (@spann) January 2, 2018
ITS SNOWING IN TALLAHASSEE FL! pic.twitter.com/VYg1rkQoAK— S🌻 (@SmileOutSabrina) January 3, 2018
Coastal areas from New Jersey to Maine are expected to be smashed with hurricane-force gusts and tidal flooding as the Nor’easter hits the region.
The National Weather Service warned that areas along coastal areas of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic could get up to 6 inches of snow and New England could get over a foot of the white fluffy stuff from Winter Storm Grayson.
While the coast gets battered by Grayson, the rest of the Northeast will have to deal with a polar vortex moving in from the North bringing cold, dense arctic air.
What exactly is the Polar Vortex? pic.twitter.com/5yIr5q9uYE— NWS Aberdeen (@NWSAberdeen) December 31, 2017
An arctic air mass will remain over the eastern two thirds of the U.S. through the end of the week. Parts of all 50 states were below freezing.
With 30°F in Pensacola, Florida and 17°F at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, parts of all 50 states were below freezing this morning. pic.twitter.com/NX6CfOrFyR— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 2, 2018