The effects of a winter 'bomb-cyclone' could produce minus-100-degree wind chill in one part of New Hampshire

  • An Arctic air mass enveloping parts of the Northeast US on Friday sent temperatures below zero in some areas.
  • The frigid weather is the byproduct of a bomb cyclone and polar vortex that slammed the East Coast for much of the week.
  • The storm left some vehicles encased in ice on roads in Boston, blanketed New York landmarks in snow, and prompted airport closures and flight delays for a time.

The aftermath of a frigid "bomb cyclone" and polar vortex left much of the northeastern US frigid on Friday night.

Wind chills in one part of New Hampshire were forecast to hit negative 100 degrees, according to forecasters. New York Times reporters who were sent to Mount Washington in that state said the wind "steals your breath and freezes your eyelashes."

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The most shocking photos of the East Coast 'bomb cyclone'
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Pedestrians walk through blinding snow across the Brooklyn Bridge during Storm Grayson in New York City, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Little snowmen are seen on a bench in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Shannon Fields brushes snow off her car as snow that fell yesterday and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. From Maine to Florida every state along the east coast is expected to have to deal with winter weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Vickie Hock pulls her daughter Lily Hock through a snow covered field a day after snow fell in the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. From Maine to Florida every state along the east coast is expected to have to deal with winter weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: Ground crew clears the snow on a driveway outside the West Wing of the White House January 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. A massive winter storm, also known as a 'bomb cyclone', is moving northing across the Interstate 95 corridor on the East Coast, dumping huge amount of snow from Florida to Maine. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Boston firefighters wade through a street flooded from tidal surge during Storm Grayson in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
ROCKPORT, MA - JANUARY 4: A man looks out at a flooded street as the tide comes up in Rockport, MA during a winter storm on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks through blinding snow across the Brooklyn Bridge during Storm Grayson in New York City, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Buildings eclipsed by snow during a massive winter 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 Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - JANUARY 4: A frozen residents during a blizzard in Quincy, Mass., on Jan. 4, 2018.
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"You can’t blink. The cold stabs your face and numbs your earlobes to rubber," they wrote in a revealing story published Friday.

Meteorologist Mike Carmon, who is stationed at the Mount Washington Observatory, told the The Times that the top of the mountain would likely be the coldest spot in the continental US on Friday night. Carmon called the top of Mount Washington, which sits nearly 6,300 feet above sea level, "one of the most extreme places on Earth."

Meteorologists on Carmon's team have to go outside to check their weather instruments and record various metrics like wind speed and temperature every hour. The trek takes some preparation, The Times reported. The forecasters dress in five layers of clothing, and put on ski masks and goggles.

But it's not enough. As the Times' Jess Bidgood, Katherine Q. Seelye, and Jack Healy describe it:

"Even within a few minutes of standing outside at 3,900 feet — two-thirds of the way up — toes and fingers, including those wrapped in multiple layers of clothing, can quickly go numb. The wind turns snowflakes into projectiles that feel as if they are piercing any skin that is exposed."

The northeast storm had already caused blizzards and flooding throughout the region this week, but the lingering effects gripped the East Coast on Friday. Cars in downtown Boston were frozen in ice, and New York City landmarks were blanketed in snow.

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'Bomb cyclone' as seen from space
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'Bomb cyclone' as seen from space
(Photo via Colorado State University/NOAA)
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FWIW...@NWSWPC just analyzed central pressure of 957 mb at 7 a.m. EST. A 53 mb drop in 21 hours, per their analyses… https://t.co/X9NGIma11J
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Impressive GOES-16 high resolution infrared satellite imagery showing explosive cyclogenesis/rapid intensification… https://t.co/VWg3kwkro4
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One minute interval visible satellite imagery as powerful coastal storm /Blizzard of 2018/ cranks off the East Coas… https://t.co/ykgAGDaa9X
Snowpack along the Southeast Coast left behind by the powerful cyclone now east of Atlantic City #gawx #scwx #ncwx… https://t.co/zICba0XjLz
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