In January 2018, a bomb cyclone dumped snow across the Northeast. Here, a man walks through the streets of Boston as snow falls from the massive winter storm on Jan. 4, 2018 in Boston.  (Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Meteorologists predict that a “bomb cyclone” will bring severe, blizzard-like conditions to much of the Northeast U.S., starting Friday night (Jan. 28). But what’s behind this explosive weather and why is the storm’s path so “up in the air?”

Currently, forecasts show the storm will drop at least a foot (30 centimeters) of snow in cities along the New England coast, along with minor flooding and hurricane-force wind gusts, according to a report from Weather.com. When all is said and done, the storm will likely impact the New England coast from Maine down to Virginia, with the bulk of the storm hitting Rhode Island and Massachusetts Friday night. “The models continue to show a nor’easter with blockbuster potential for the weekend, mainly late Friday through Saturday,” meteorologist Brian Miller said in a report for CNN


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