Winter Snowstorm: 'Weather Bomb' Slams Into Northeast

Winter storm bears down on eastern U.S.

ByABC News
January 12, 2011, 1:56 AM

Jan. 12, 2011— -- The powerful winter storm that left 11 dead and snarled travel across the Southeast moved overnight in the Northeast.

The "weather bomb" arrived in the Northeast late Tuesday after combining with snow from the Midwest.

Forecasters described this storm as a "weather bomb" -- a fast-moving, severe winter storm where air pressure drops quickly and an unusually far south jet stream brings in moisture, causing heavy snows and winds.

It is the third storm to slam into the region in less than three weeks.

As of this morning, 49 of 50 states had snowfall or snow on the ground, with the exception of Florida.

Blizzard conditions are expected in areas near Boston because of high winds and heavy snow.

New York City declared a weather emergency Tuesday to avoid the criticism the city received for its slow response to clear the roads after the blizzard last month.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged emergency crews would be ready this time.

"We are enhancing our existing snow plan and supplementing it with lessons learned during and after the Christmas weekend blizzard," Bloomberg said.

A much more aggressive approach included 1,700 plows and 365 salt trucks that were out in full force overnight and this morning.

The city has already used at least $20 million of its $38.8 million snow removal budget.

More snow will have fallen in the last 17 days in New York than in an average year.

New York City typically gets 27 inches a year – but after this storm, totals have already surpassed that average with the city receiving 36 inches since December.

In Long Island, the area could get up to 20 inches with whiteout conditions and 35 mile an hour winds.

In Boston, officials declared a severe snow emergency and will be under a blizzard warning from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Public school classes have also been canceled as precaution.

Rhode Island government officials are urging all state employees to stay home.

In Philadelphia, snow totals reached five inches and in central New Jersey, about eight inches have fallen by early morning.