Winter Storm Kenan path tracker LIVE – 'Bomb cyclone BLIZZARD' sparks storm warnings this weekend in New York, Northeast

WINTER Storm Kenan has prompted a storm warning for this weekend in New York and the Northeast.

Forecasters have warned that up to 20 inches of snow could fall this weekend.

The Northeast could see its first 'bomb cyclone' blizzard in four years, according to meteorologists.

The potential nor’easter is expected to form off the Mid-Atlantic by the Carolinas late this week and charge up the East Coast over the weekend.

As of Thursday, the track of the storm shows central and eastern Long Island to New England could be the hardest hit.

Read our bomb cyclone path tracker for the latest news and updates…

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    Over 3,300 flights canceled tomorrow

    According to FlightAware, 3,324 flights in the US on Saturday were canceled.

    442 flights into or out of JFK in New York were canceled, and 277 were canceled at the city's other airport, LaGuardia.

    In Newark, NJ, Liberty International Airport saw 319 cancellations.

    Boston's Logan International airport saw 312 and Philadelphia International Airport stands at 165 cancelations.

    Eight other airports in the US had over 50 flights canceled on Saturday.

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    Stay off the roads this weekend

    Residents of the northeastern United States should stay off the roads Friday night through Sunday morning, according to warnings from The Weather Channel.

    Winter storm Kenan poses risk of slick roads, reduced visibility, downed trees and power lines, and even flooding in some areas.

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    Storm intensifies in coastal areas

    The storm is expected to start intensifying off the coast on Friday night, with heavy snow and strong winds expected into Saturday.

    Concerns including power outages and coastal flooding were noted, as the storm’s winds are expected to bring frequent, widespread gusts between 40-60 miles per hour in coastal regions.

    Forecasters warned of major travel delays and disruptions as early as Friday night, though the snow should taper off in most areas by Sunday morning.

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    What happens during a cyclone? 

    It occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars — A millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours.

    This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass.

    An example is when chilly air moves over warm ocean waters.

    The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone.

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    What is a bomb cyclone?

    The term does not refer to the storm itself. 

    Rather a bomb cyclone refers to a phenomenon expected to occur as this weather event unfolds. 

    The official term is explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis which is very common.

    The so-called bombing occurs when a low-pressure system’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars — A millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours or less.

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    Where will the heaviest snow fall?

    The Weather Channel predicts that the heaviest snowfall from Winter Stor Kenan will be seen in eastern New England.

    At least a foot of snow is expected in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and eastern Connecticut.

    Parts of coastal Maine could also see a foot or so of snow.

    But the Boston metro area could see up to two feet.

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    How fast could the snow fall during the storm?

    It is projected that snow could fall 1-2 inches per hour during the height of the storm.

    But some areas could see snowfall at a rate of even 3-4 inches per hour, The Weather Cannel predicts.

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    What are blizzard conditions?

    Not every storm is considered to be a blizzard.

    There are three conditions that must be met for a storm to be considered a blizzard.

    Snow must combine with winds over 35 miles per hour.

    On top of that, visibility must be less than a quarter mile.

    These conditions must last for more than three hours.

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    Airports taking precautions

    Storm preparations are underway at New York's LaGuardia Airport ahead of the bomb cyclone.

    Planes were being sprayed with deicing fluids, according to reports.

    All Saturday flights operated by Frontier and Southwest have been canceled at Islip's MacArthur Airport, according to Islip Town spokesperson Caroline Smith, speaking to Newsday.

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    New York under state of emergency

    Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a state of emergency is in effect as of 8pm Friday night.

    The Long Island Rail Road will shut down overnight, though service could be suspended until Monday morning depending on how much snow is dumped.

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    Before the storm hits, continued

    If you have any chargers, purses, garage openers, or keys in your car, you will want to take them out.

    Finally, lock your vehicle. This seems simple, but it is easily forgotten.

    You will be away from your vehicle for an extended period, so it doesn't hurt to double-check that you have locked it.

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    What to do before the storm hits

    Winter storms can last for days, and it's never good to leave a car dirty for an extended period of time.

    Acidic material could eat away at your paint, and car covers could rub dirt around the clearcoat and make scratches.

    So if you know a winter storm is coming, it is a good idea to run it through the car wash quickly.

    After you have washed your vehicle, collect any belongings that you might need over the next few days out of your car.

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    Blizzard conditions expected

    Blizzard conditions and a bomb cyclone are possible on Saturday as the storm heightens into potentially the worst of the season.

    The storm could bring blizzard conditions with heavy winds that have not been experienced in the southern Northeast in four years, according to CBS Boston.

    New York, Providence, Boston, and Portland are expected to be hit the hardest.

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    NWS warns of 'dangerously cold wind chills'

    The National Weather Service warned of dangerously cold wind chills for areas affected by Winter Storm Kenan.

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    Where do bomb cyclones occur?

    “Bomb” cyclones occur most frequently along coastlines where warm water is.

     The warm water creates a strong temperature gradient from its surface to the atmosphere just above it.

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    New Jersey under a state of emergency

    It goes into effect as of 5pm today.

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    75million people could be impacted

    CNN reports that more than 75million could be impacted by Winter Storm Kenan.

    More than 4million are currently impacted by winter storm warnings as of Friday.

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    Travel should be 'completely avoided'

    The Weather Channel advised that travel should be completely avoided late Friday night into Saturday for all areas affected by the storm warning.

    While certain details of the storm are still unknown, avoiding travel can help keep you safe during blizzard conditions.

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    National Weather Service Update

    The National Weather Service has released an updated prediction of Winter Storm Kenan's path.

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    Who names snowstorms?

    The Weather Channel names snowstorms.

    The outlet noted that the 2021-22 season is the 10th season The Weather Channel will be naming winter storms.

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    Gusty winds expected

    AccuWeather reported that hurricane-strength winds could be part of this storm.

    “Everything is on the table with this storm,” AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said Thursday.

    “Winds will become a major problem. This could be a real damaging storm,” Rayno said.

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    What is a winter weather watch?

    A winter weather watch indicates that there is potential for severe winter weather.

    If a winter weather watch is issued, prepare for dangerous weather conditions.

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    Considerable snowstorm

    Philadelphia could receive measurable snow with gusty winds possibly bringing up to six inches on Friday night.

    New York has an even higher chance of receiving up to six inches of snow this weekend.

    The snow would reach the Big Apple by Saturday morning and continue for most of the day as heavy winds blow.

    Provide, Boston, and Portland are the most likely to receive a considerable snowstorm.

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    What is a winter weather watch?

    A winter weather watch indicates that there is potential for severe winter weather.

    If a winter weather watch is issued, prepare for dangerous weather conditions.

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    45 million under winter storm watch

    As of Thursday night, 45 million Americas were under winter weather watch as awinter storm approaches the northeast.

    The storm, which will affect people from North Carolina to Maine, is expected to begin on Friday night and to peak on Saturday.

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