Major Snowstorm Brings Blizzards To Northeast US

An NOAA satellite image shows the massive winter storm currently affecting New England

Canada's largest city, Toronto, scrambled to find emergency shelter for the homeless as temperatures dropped to record lows after the sweeping storm knocked out power to tens of thousands in eastern provinces and destroyed coastal roads.

After dumping rare snowfall on parts of the southeastern coast, a powerful winter storm is set to hammer the Northeast with up to 12 inches of snow and strong winds. This rapidly developing "bomb cyclone" off the US east coast has seen pressure drops of 40-50mb over 24 hours.

From Baltimore to Caribou, Maine, workers battled to clear snow and ice as wind chills were forecast to fall as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius) in some areas after sundown, according to the National Weather Service. Moderate to heavy snow along with winds gusting over 50 miles per hour continued to impact the mid-Atlantic and New England costal areas.

More than 5,000 flights were cancelled at airports in the major cities of NY and Boston, including a number from Ireland. Warning the worst is yet to come, the Democrat pleaded with people to stay off the roads.

As the storm moved north, Blizzard warnings were issued for more than 8 million residents along the Eastern Seaboard, and almost 44,000 were without power.

A Blizzard Warning as been issued for Suffolk County; a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Nassau.

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The New York City Emergency Management Department issued a hazardous travel advisory for Thursday. As for the rest of the East Coast, the National Weather Service has tweeted a map showing what snow totals to expect throughout Thursday. Other regions are also seeing "thundersnow", and seawall damage has been reported south of Boston.

Bone-chilling cold, intense snow would usher in another round of minus zero temperatures to New York City and Philadelphia would dip up to minus 22 degrees Celsius. Northeast Regional Service between Washington, D.C., and Newport News/Norfolk, Virginia, was canceled for Thursday.

Major cities along the East Coast - from North Carolina to ME - were under blizzard warnings, while others were placed under winter storm warnings.

NBC Connecticut projects that the entire state will accumulate at least 8 to 15 inches of snow by the time the day is over. Florida State University and Florida A&M University temporarily closed due to the severe weather conditions. In Charleston, South Carolina, the weather service reported 5 inches of snow, enough for Chris Monoc's sons, ages 4 and 2, to go sledding outside their home. McMaster urged people to stay indoors as much as possible to minimize risk of injury.

Earlier in the week, winter weather brought unusually cold temperatures and snowfall to southern states, as far as Florida.

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