Winter storm brings rare snow and ice to Southern US states

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In parts of Florida iguanas have been falling to the ground out of trees, paralysed by the freezing temperatures in the usually balmy state.

First, a monster storm will hammer coastal locations from Georgia to ME with ice and snow.

Following this storm, extremely cold air will surge southward - the most frigid of the season so far. But is this massive winter snow storm just another nor'easter?

The brutal conditions in the Northeast come one day after the same storm system brought wintry weather to the South. Unprecedented snowfall in the region forced cancellation of thousands of flights across the region.

The only place where blizzard conditions were reported during Thursday's storm, however, was Block Island, Rhode Island.

Almost 500 members of the National Guard were activated along the East Coast to assist with emergency response, including 200 in NY state, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement. Washington D.C., eastern PA, and parts of Upstate New York are under Winter Storm Watches. "It becomes a question of common sense for New Yorkers".

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A cyclone warning has been issued for NY where as much as 30cm of snow is expected, as well as some other areas in Long Island, New Jersey and CT. The worst of the storm likely will batter New England.

The National Weather Service issued Winter Weather Advisories for the District and surrounding areas, with those kicking into effect beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for parts of the state in advance of the storm's main impact, with predictions of up to 11 inches of snow in some portions of the state. That's not a made-up click-bait term; it's actually used by meteorologists to indicate a mid-latitude cyclone that intensifies rapidly - or as meteorologist Jon Martin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says, they "just kind of explode".

On Saturday morning, subzero cold is forecast over nearly all of New England, with single digits in the Mid-Atlantic. The District's position so far away from the center of the storm is what is making the forecast so tricky. This extreme and rapid change in pressure forms a very strong storm, or the so-called "bomb cyclone". Hurricane Sandy, which had tropical characteristics, ruling it out as a direct comparison, had a minimum central air pressure of 946 millibars when it made landfall in New Jersey in October 2012.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists estimate the central pressure will drop below 950 millibars at its peak, making Grayson one of the strongest storms in the United States in recent history.

Ms Fitzgibbon continued: "Tomorrow afternoon, especially early afternoon, we may be seeing some bands of snow combined with the winds that are going to create blizzard conditions". Current computer models suggest most, if not all, snowfall will occur east of Washington and Baltimore on Wednesday night into early Thursday.