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Winter Storm Fortis 2016: Forecast, Map & Path of Weather Bomb

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Winter Storm Fortis

Winter Storm Fortis is going to hit New England during the last days of 2016, and it will bring up to a foot of snow or rain to New England, the Great Lakes, and even parts of New York state. Winter Storm Fortis is rapidly developing because of a new catchphrase “bombogenesis,” that I think we can all agree is more fun to say than “Polar Vortex.” But despite what you might think from a name like “bombogenesis” (or as it’s described, sometimes as a “weather bomb”), the effects aren’t catastrophic–they just come a little bit faster.

Winter Storm Fortis is expected to hit sometime on Thursday night, carry on into Friday, and then be on its merry way by the weekend, leaving only the snow and people thanking their lucky stars a “weather bomb” didn’t kill them.


Winter Storm Fortis Forecast

Winter Storm Fortis Forecast

Winter Storm Fortis is developing quickly in the Northeast and the areas around New England can expect the storm Thursday night into Friday.

Thursday Forecast

Because the storm is developing southeast of the Northeast. West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York can expect some snow on Thursday. That being said, the closer you are to the ocean, the less likely the chances that you’ll see snow, because of the warmer ocean weather.

The areas around Boston can expect to see a lot of cold rain.

Thursday Night Forecast

The temperatures around New England will start getting much colder, meaning that Boston will likely start to see snow. Drivers should exhibit extreme caution since the rain may freeze quickly because of the bombogenesis. As the night wears on, the snow will decrease.


What is Bombogenesis?

From Weather.com:

Bombogenesis follows from cyclogenesis, which refers to the development of a cyclone which, in turn, is usually synonymous with a low-pressure system, or low.

Bombs are so-named because of the rapidity with which they develop, which evokes explosiveness, and the power that they usually attain once they have gone through the intensification phase specified in the definition — a central pressure drop of at least 24 millibars, or 24 mbars, in 24 hours.

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