Strong winter storm blasting South with ice, snow

National Weather Service briefing for New York City on Jan. 3 at 5 a.m

ABC NewsThe storm system will begin to strengthen late Wednesday and move up the East Coast, spreading snow into the eastern mid-Atlantic states and southern New Jersey.

A majority of the East Coast, from northern Florida up to New England, is bracing for a massive winter storm that will bring hurricane winds and record cold temperatures to the region on Wednesday and Thursday.

A winter storm set to hit the East Coast beginning Wednesday could break all-time record cold temperatures by the end of the week.

Bombogenesis, or a storm bombing out, means the surface pressure of the storm will drop 24 millibars in 24 hours, or at the rate of 1 millibar per hour.

The extreme weather will come in two parts. This could make the storm as strong as a hurricane, and 30-50 miles per hour winds will batter the coast.

The term "bomb cyclone" has been trending on social media as the storm threatens to push frigid temperatures as far south as northern Florida.

"Travel will be unsafe and almost impossible, including during the morning commute on Wednesday", the service said in an advisory for northeastern Florida.

Winter Storm Grayson is expected to blanket the coastal states with "arctic air", leading to temperatures that are 20 to 40 degrees below normal January averages.

A major winter storm will wreak havoc on the Northeast this week, threatening hurricane-force winter wind gusts in a region already crippled by deadly cold.

Due to weather conditions, some airlines are allowing passengers to rebook flights without paying a cancellation fee -including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines as near-blizzard conditions are expected to blast through the eastern United States. The National Weather Service reported snow fell in the city Wednesday morning.

The storm is also giving forecasters a chance to play with other data-generating instruments, including the new GOES-16 satellite that just settled into position over the Eastern U.S.

Expect another Environment Canada extreme cold warning in the next day or two, with frigid air descending from the Arctic on Friday and into the weekend that could see daytime readings reach a risky low of -35 C when the wind chill is factored in.

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