Students in the Path of the ‘Bomb Cyclone’: From Tallahassee to Boston, How Schools Are Bracing for a Rare ‘Winter Hurricane’

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Some students in Florida got an unusual treat today — a snow day — as a massive winter storm began its trek up the east coast of the United States.

From Florida to Maine, the east coast is bracing for a winter storm that has been described as a monster storm, nor’easter, winter hurricane, and “bomb cyclone” and is expected to bring wind, snow, ice, and extreme cold.

One Florida meteorologist described the “unreal event for this part of the country” this way: “bananagrams.”

Tallahassee saw its first snowfall in more than 15 years as the storm made landfall.

Schools as far south as Gainesville, Fla., were closed Wednesday because of the incoming storm.

Across central and northern Florida and parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, schools were closed or closed early because of weather.

Schools farther north in Virginia have already announced closings for Thursday, with some closing early Wednesday as well.

By the time the storm reaches New England Thursday, it is expected to be more extreme because of a rapid decline in pressure, which could drop up to a foot of snow in Boston and bring blizzard conditions to coastal regions in Massachusetts and Maine. The storm is then predicted to pull in “wicked cold air” from the polar vortex and bring temperatures 20 to 40 degrees below normal, The Washington Post reported.

As of Wednesday morning, Boston Public Schools had not yet announced any school closings — but it did tweet some advice for staying warm.

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