A rapidly intensifying storm known as “bomb cyclone” or “explosive cyclogenesis” is headed toward the U.S. East Coast, the weather Prediction Center said Tuesday.

“Confidence is increasing that a significant winter storm will create considerable impacts Friday through the weekend from the Mid-Atlantic through the Northeast,” the National Meteorological Service said on Wednesday.

The uncertainty about the forecast is significant – the Bureau of National Weather Service in Boston tweeted on January 26.

Wind gusts may drop to as low as –20 degrees Fahrenheit in Vermont and northern New York.

Both forecast models predict them to rise, but their East Coast storm trajectories differ and change what people could expect from Washington D.C. to Boston.

According to Accuweather, gusts between 40 and 60 mph can be expected to reach the northeast coastal cities over the next few days.

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