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A "weather bomb" is headed towards the East Coast

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If you live on the East Coast, expect a wicked storm to ruin your New Year's plans. 

Known as a "bombogenesis," the weather phenomenon that is on its way to the United States follows "cyclogenesis, which refers to the development of a cyclone which, in turn, is usually synonymous with a low-pressure system," explains weather.com's senior meteorologist Stu Ostro. "Bombs are so-named because of the rapidity with which they develop, which evokes explosiveness, and the power that they usually attain once they have gone through the intensification phase specified in the definition—a central pressure drop of at least 24 millibars, or 24 mbars, in 24 hours."

The storm is currently heading to the United States and is expected to hit New England the hardest early on Thursday. Folks in New York and Boston will primarily deal with rain over the weekend while those in upstate New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and inner Maine will likely see snow.

So, in case you already had New Year's plans, you might want to reconsider. And, if you didn't, you'll want to rejoice at the thought that staying home (maybe hosting a party?) will probably prove to be the wisest choice you'll make all year.

Thank you, 2016, for unsurprisingly going out with a disruptive bang. 

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