The massive storm system is what forecasters have called a "bomb cyclone", because its rapid and rare drop in atmospheric pressure can send gusting as high as 60 miles per hour in something like a winter hurricane.
What makes a storm a "bomb" is how fast the atmospheric pressure falls; falling atmospheric pressure is a characteristic of all storms.
"That's what will be happening with this storm", Hull said.
Storms are typically caused by knots of low pressure, where a mass of rising air leaves a sort of void, which pulls in neighboring air masses. "You can call any low pressure system a cyclone".
The Northeast is about to be battered by a "bomb cyclone" and meteorologists are warning people to prepare for the chilly blasts.
Almost 60 million people are in the path of the storm, with weather warnings in effect from the ME to parts of Georgia in the US.
Farther inland in the Mid-Atlantic, near Interstate 95, the storm's exact track will be highly consequential.
In the Maritimes, regions closer to the coast will be hit with rain that turns into snow.
Tracking the “bomb cyclone” winter storm
National Weather Service briefing for New York City on January 3 at 5 a.m. A pressure drop of this magnitude shows how much air is being drawn into the storm's circulation, allowing it to gain strength at a quicker, more intensified rate.
Hurricane force winds of up to 60mph (95km/h) are predicted to hammer the north-eastern United States coastline.
The incoming storm has prompted fears of damage and power outages, with New Brunswick contracting extra crews to be on hand in case of emergency. New England, the northeastern region of the United States, will possibly experience blizzard conditions late Thursday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Finally, after one of the most intense cold spells of such duration on record in parts of New England - including Boston, temperatures are forecast to gradually thaw by early next week.
As the system heads out, Hull said all of Eastern Canada will be "plunged into a deep freeze".
According to forecasters, individuals in the Northeast will be particularly impacted by the bomb cyclone, which will introduce biting cold and hurricane-level wind.
The winds around this storm may also lead to periods of lake effect snow in the Southern Tier and northwest Pennsylvania Thursday and Friday. Parts of the USA will be hit as well.
The Snow Bomb Cyclone will end in Boston tonight around 8:30 p.m. Flights resumed Thursday afternoon at LaGuardia Airport in NY, and they were expected to resume later Thursday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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