Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week. Out news anchor Blaine Stewart just broke the internet with his weather forecast warning viewers to “get ready for a pounding” of “8 inches or more.”
As the East Coast prepares for a monster storm to descend this week, weather forecasters love labeling these weather phenomenons with terms like “snowpocalypse” and bomb cyclone. Stewart, an anchor on CBS WKTR in Virginia, however, took a little lighter approach when it came to his reporting.
On Twitter, he wrote: “UPDATE: Get ready for a pounding. Some of us could see 8 inches or more. That’s too much — even for me.”
Our only question: is the storm buying us dinner first? Actually one more, will there be poppers?
UPDATE: Get ready for a pounding. Some of us could see 8 inches or more. That's too much — even for me. pic.twitter.com/uR0S5GLtIr
— Blaine Stewart (@BlaineStewart) January 3, 2018
But Blaine Stewart wasn’t really joking. A monster storm will pound the East Coast from north Florida to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding (pun intended) storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow. Blizzard warnings have been issued for the Virginia Tidewater region and eastern Massachusetts and Maine, and could be extended to other portions along the Eastern Seaboard, under winter storm warnings.
“This rapidly intensifying East Coast storm will produce strong, damaging winds — possibly resulting in downed trees, power outages and coastal flooding,” the National Weather Service tweeted Wednesday morning.
Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a “bomb cyclone” because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year.