People living in the United Kingdom aren’t the only ones bracing for extreme winter weather this week. Those residing all along the Eastern seaboard of the United States are also facing a major winter storm.
According to USA Today, the storm, which has been named Winter Storm Riley, is expected to hit from Washington, D.C. to Maine on Friday. It is expected to be so intense that airlines have already started waiving flight change fees. The airlines, USA Today noted, include American, Delta, United, JetBlue, Cape Air, and Southwest for airports serving New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, and Hartford, and more.
And really, this storm isn’t something to mess around with. As the Weather Channel reported, officials in Scituate, Massachusetts warned residents to prepare for a very serious storm. Those living on the shore in the town were also asked to evacuate by 9 a.m. EST Friday morning.
"Lives may be at risk for people who put themselves in harm's way," the National Weather Service said in a warning to those living along the coast.
The reason the storm became so intense, the Weather Channel reported, is because it went through what is known as bombogenesis, which they defined as “a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of 24 millibars or more in a period of 24 hours or less.” AKA, it’s one hell of a storm.
Moreover, because of the bizarre weather phenomenon, the storm will move extremely slowly, causing extremely high winds, coastal flooding, and beach erosion for an extended period of time. Though there won’t be widespread snow for this storm, areas of western and central New York through Pennsylvania could see up to 18 to 24 inches, according to The Weather Channel.
So maybe this weekend stay instead and don’t take your chances. Just sit back, relax, and Netflix instead.