Winter Storm Grayson Update: Bomb Cyclone Brings 'Whiteout Conditions' to New Jersey, Delaware

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A worker clears snow on the Brooklyn promenade, on January 4, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As a major winter storm moves up the Northeast corridor, New York City is under a winter storm warning and forecasts are predicting six to eight inches of snow. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Winter storm Grayson—classified as a "bomb cyclone"—slammed nearly the entire East Coast on Thursday, engulfing many Mid-Atlantic and New England states in whiteout conditions and coating multiple southern states with rare snowfall.

The first major winter storm of 2018 has left many areas of the coast with blizzard warnings including Portland, Maine, all the way down to northeastern North Carolina, The Weather Channel reported. So far, several locations in North Carolina and Delaware have been buried under 6 inches of snow, and Newville, Virginia, recorded at least 8.5 inches.

Here we go... Winter Storm #Grayson has begun to rapidly intensify as it pushes up the eastern seaboard. Just a massive eye... nearly all of Long Island NY could fit inside of it!

— MJVentrice (@MJVentrice) January 4, 2018

It's expected to continue to snow between 1 and 3 inches per hour in parts of New Jersey and Delaware and eventually taper off around mid to late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. However, "considerable blowing and drifting snow" will occur into the night.

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In addition to the heavy snowfall, strong wind gusts—which hit over 70 miles per hour in eastern North Carolina and Nantucket—have worsened the effects of the storm, causing travel warnings in some areas.

"Whiteout conditions occurring this morning along coastal New Jersey and Delaware and unnecessary travel is highly discouraged this morning," the National Weather Service advised on Thursday morning.

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In the Hampton Roads area of Virginia it's likely to be "impossible" to travel, the New York Times reported. And those who are expecting to fly away from the frigid conditions should check twice before heading to the airport, considering thousands of flights have been canceled across the country—a majority involving hubs impacted by the storm.

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Among the nearly 3,000 canceled flights, 900 involved travel either to or from Newark Liberty International Airport, according to FlightAware, a global aviation company that tracks flights. Boston's Logan International Airport had about 700 cancellations and New York City's LaGuardia Airport had more than 500.

With winter storm Grayson making landfall, weather across the country may affect your flight status at #EWR. Be sure to check with your carrier before arriving at the airport.

— Newark Liberty Airport. Wear a Face Covering. (@EWRairport) January 3, 2018

Using the Flight Aware's free "Misery Map," users can take a look at how the winter storm is affecting travel. More cancellations are expected for Friday, with at least 150 confirmed thus far, The New York Times reports.