A ‘once in a generation’ winter storm system known as ‘bomb cyclone’ to impact much of America

Wednesday marked the first day of winter, and the season arrived with a cold fury across much of the United States.

Much of the nation is now preparing to endure a massive winter storm system known as a “bomb cyclone” that weather officials have warned is a “once in a generation type event” of serious concern, the Daily Wire reported.

While some areas will receive substantial snowfall from the storm and others will get only rain and ice, virtually all areas impacted by the system will experience strong winds and bitterly cold air that will combine to result in dangerous subfreezing wind chills for tens of millions of Americans.

A real but rare “bomb cyclone” storm system

CNN reported that this winter storm system, according to the National Weather Service, is a “once in a generation type event” that will not only bring “life-threatening” cold temperatures to much of the nation but will also utterly paralyze travel just ahead of the Christmas holiday.

Already, more than 100 million Americans, or nearly a third of the population, located in at least 37 states, from the northern border with Canada to the southern border with Mexico, are under some form of advisory or warning related to expected winter precipitation and severe wind chills.

This particular storm is what is known as a “bomb cyclone,” and while climate alarmists have seized upon that term for the purpose of fear-mongering, it is actually a real though rare type of weather event, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Per NOAA’s National Ocean Service, a bomb cyclone, more formally known as bombogenesis, is the term for a midlatitude cyclonic storm system that rapidly intensifies over a short period of time, and is specifically marked by a drop of 24 millibars in atmospheric pressure in a 24-hour period.

Major winter storm warnings

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center issued a major alert on Thursday about the winter storm system that had already begun to impact numerous northern and centrally located states across the U.S.

“Powerful winter storm to produce widespread disruptive and potentially crippling impacts across the central and eastern United States …,” the WPC warned, and noted that the storm will bring “… Record-breaking cold and life-threatening wind chills over the Great Plains to overspread the eastern half of the Nation by Friday.”

From the northern Plains to the Gulf Coast and the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast, all will experience temperatures well below freezing due to the arctic air mass, and from the Mid-South on up there will be minor to major accumulations of various forms of winter precipitation like freezing rain, ice, sleet, and snow, along with high winds that will create blizzard conditions and substantially below zero wind chills for many locales.

Nationwide travel hugely impacted by storm system

Obviously, the biggest danger posed by this storm system is the harsh cold, exposure to which can lead to frostbite and hypothermia in short order for not just people but also livestock and pets as well, particularly in areas where the storm results in power outages.

The next biggest danger, though, is travel due to slick conditions and high winds that can lead to fatal accidents or people being stranded out in the elements, and that is especially concerning right now in light of the fact that this week is one of the busiest travel periods of the year as people gather together with their family and friends for the holidays.

That applies to road travel as well as air travel, and according to FlightAware, as of Thursday afternoon, more than 5,000 flights had already been canceled and nearly 18,000 had been delayed due to weather concerns, while it was predicted that another 2,500-plus flights would be canceled and nearly 1,000 more delayed on Friday.

Hopefully, the winter weather system will blow over in a few days without causing too many problems and the American people will do their best to hunker down and stay as warm as possible and avoid any unnecessary weather-related tragedies.

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