4,000 Flights Canceled as ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Hits Northeast

January 4, 2018 Last Updated: January 4, 2018

Closed schools, hazardous roads, and bummed airline customers are replete throughout the northeast as a winter storm pummels the region.

Some 4,000 flights in, out, or within the United States have been canceled on Thursday, Jan. 4, according to FlightRadar, mainly at major airports in the storm’s path like Newark Liberty, Boston Logan, John F. Kennedy, and LaGuardia. In addition more than 1,400 flights have been delayed.

The departures drop-off area in Terminal five at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Queens, New York City on Jan. 4, 2018. (Rebecca Butala How/Getty Images)

Over 300 schools and school districts are closed on Thursday in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, Pix 11 reported, including the New York City Public Schools.

Almost 300 schools and school districts are also closed in Massachusetts, MassLive reported, including Boston Public Schools.

The winter storm, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” by meteorologists for the speed at which it drops in barometric pressure, is expected to sprinkle snow as far as West Virginia and Ohio, but the brunt of it will pound the East Coast, from Philadelphia to the shores of Maine.

New York City can likely expect up to 8 inches, while Boston up to a foot, according to The National Weather Service. Some parts of Maine can expect up to 18 inches. The storm had previously brought rare snowfall in Florida and other southern states. It should mostly be over by Friday.

Likely snowfall in the northeast over Jan. 4 and early Jan. 5, 2018. (National Weather Service)
Thom Meyers, 67, trudges with a cane on snow covered streets in Atlantic City, N. J., on Jan. 4, 2018. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: A NYPD vehicle drives through Harlem during a snow storm on January 4, 2018 in 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 calling for six to eight inches of snow. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
A NYPD vehicle drives through Harlem during the snow storm in New York City on Jan. 4, 2018. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

While government officials issue cold weather warnings and urge drivers to be careful on snow-covered roads, many a northeasterner took to Twitter to lighten up the day’s mood with #blizzard2018 memes.

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