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    Good Morning America MAX GOLEMBO, RACHEL KATZ and EMILY SHAPIRO,Good Morning America 25 minutes ago

    Cold front blasts through Georgia, Florida
    And that's why we see all those schools closed up and down,

    Scroll back up to restore default view.

    A snow storm is tearing through the Southeast today before barreling north overnight. Snow already fell this morning in Tallahassee, Florida, and the wintry mix is blowing through Georgia and South Carolina this afternoon.

    "It's pretty wild," one visitor from Washington, D.C., told ABC affiliate WCIV in Charleston. "Ive never seen palm trees with snow on them before.

    Parts of 15 states from Florida to Maine will see effects from this developing coastal storm. The snow is expected to be heavy Thursday in New England and Boston Public Schools have been cancelled for the day.

    Here's what you need to know:


    Snow, sleet, ice and rain blew through Tallahassee, Florida, this morning. It was warmer in Juneau, Alaska, than it was in Tallahassee.

    This is a major event for northern Florida -- most towns do not have any snow removal equipment or salting trucks. The Florida State University campus in Tallahassee and public schools in Tallahassee were closed today.

    The weather caused some traffic issues, but by late morning the sun was out and the ice was starting to melt, officials in Leon County, Florida, said.


    Snow and ice are accumulating near the coastal Georgia city of Savannah today. Both the airport and public schools are closed there.

    Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told ABC News that the coastal roads near Savannah are in very poor condition this afternoon due to severe icing.

    Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing, Dale said, and conditions on the roads will likely worsen. She's urging residents to stay off the roads now that a major freeze is expected on the Interstate-95 corridor overnight.

    Ahead of the storm, the Department of Transportation moved personnel and equipment from its northern counties to the coast. Dump trucks were distributing salt on the interstate.


    The snow is also falling in South Carolina and the state Highway Patrol is warning people to stay off the roads.

    The runways at the Charleston International Airport were closed this morning due to icy conditions.

    Both the College of Charleston and Charleston County School District schools were closed today.


    The National Weather Service upgraded the winter storm warning for northern North Carolina and southern Virginia to a blizzard warning. Winds with heavy snow could create whiteout conditions there.

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today ahead of the storm.


    The storm system will begin to strengthen tonight and move up the East Coast, dumping snow into the eastern mid-Atlantic states and southern New Jersey.

    By early Thursday morning, snow will cover Long Island and southern New England.

    The storm begins to move east of Cape Cod on Thursday during the late morning and into the afternoon.

    A blizzard warning is in effect for Boston, coastal Massachusetts and coastal Maine, where a combination of gusty winds near 50 mph and heavy snow could create whiteout conditions.

    Boston Public Schools will be closed Thursday.

    Snowfall totals could potentially reach 18 inches in eastern Maine. Eastern Long Island and Massachusetts are expected to get a large amount of snow.


    When the storm reaches the Northeast Thursday, it will undergo a rapid intensification or bombogenesis.

    Bombogenesis -- or a "bomb cyclone" -- occurs when the pressure of a storm drops 24 millibars in 24 hours, or at the rate of 1 millibar per hour.

    It usually happens when a storm system moves over the warm waters of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream at the same time that Arctic air moves in from behind. The Northeast coast of the United States experiences this at least once a year.

    The difference between the two air masses helps to strengthen the storm system, creating what's known as bombogenesis.

    As a storm system moves over the Gulf Stream off the East Coast, it picks up all the available moisture and dumps it in the form of snow if there is enough cold air in place.

    The lower the storm's pressure, the stronger the winds are around the storm. This week's strong winds could wreak havoc, bringing major power outages and coastal flooding for Northeast coastal cities.

    ​​​​​​​FRIGID TEMPS

    The Northeast should also brace for the coldest air of the season.

    Friday morning wind chills could reach minus 8 degrees in New York City and minus 14 degrees in Minneapolis.
    Last edited by Lou Newton; January 3, 2018, 03:36 PM.

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    Many would stir up fear and claim the earth will cease to have winter or summer, but The Lord promised Noah:

    Genesis 8:22 As long as the earth endures,
    seedtime and harvest,
    cold and heat,
    summer and winter,
    day and night
    will never cease.

    Genesis 9:14-16
    "It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. "When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."

    Leviticus 26:24 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.