We have a name for the Blizzard That Isn’t Coming in Washington

Winter is coming to Washington, D.C., and that means it will turn the city into one giant blanket of ice. Yes, a cloud of bombs. But yes, you heard that right. A bomb cyclone…

We have a name for the Blizzard That Isn’t Coming in Washington

Winter is coming to Washington, D.C., and that means it will turn the city into one giant blanket of ice. Yes, a cloud of bombs. But yes, you heard that right. A bomb cyclone is the right word for what the region is gearing up for in the coming days.

I’ve never seen snow falling in DC. It can’t feel any more real than this, for real this time. Bomb cyclone, I say! pic.twitter.com/W11SqjsLFV — mmm vegan snout (@ropaemonkey) September 8, 2018

The D.C. Office of Emergency Management isn’t quite sure what to call the upcoming atmospheric cross-collusion — because there’s already too much confusion out there. What they do know is that a bomb cyclone is a real thing with a real name, and that it is coming to town.

When the skies darken, it will be a whole bunch of cold air coming from Canada, whirling around and producing a whole lot of precipitation.

The National Weather Service’s forecast models show the cloudscapes will develop over the Midwest by the weekend, and then eventually make a northward move that eventually gets things in our area. Expect a mix of rain and snow, and possibly even “heavy, blowing snow” if the snow gets heavy enough.

Because of these snow and ice conditions, the Office of Emergency Management is urging people to take “extra care when venturing outside, including making sure you have appropriate clothing for an active and icy outdoor lifestyle.”

Which is to say, no country music over the din of thunder and lightning.

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