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Freezing temperatures and a snow super-storm are hitting the U.S.

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Updated January 04, 2018 12:40 PM EST

Wednesday a 'bomb cyclone' storm hit the East Coast.

A storm is considered a "bomb" when central pressure drops rapidly, at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. Worldwide, about 40 to 50 bomb cyclones occur each year. Meteorologists say this storm is intensifying at twice that rate.

So far, it is blowing up on social media and trending on Twitter. The storm has dumped snow on places in the United States Southeast that typically only receive flurries, if any snow at all. Across the Eastern Seaboard intense winds, some exceeding 60mph, will make the bitter cold temperatures feel even more unbearable.

Most of this storm will stay out to sea, but some coastal areas could still receive more snow in the storm's higher pressure areas.

Anchorage, Alaska, was warmer Tuesday than Jacksonville, Florida. Right now, the weather in the U.S. is that upside down.

While the National Weather Service issues wind chill advisories and freeze warnings, you might also hear people talking about a massive storm brewing off of the East Coast causing meteorologists to use terms like 'bomb cyclone' and 'winter hurricane.'

Forecasters predict that most of the snow and worst winds will remain over the open ocean, but parts of the Northeast are still likely to get high winds, waves and some snow.

This cold weather is not a new phenomena; rather, the concerning pattern is how long the deep-freeze will last.

On Tuesday, Boston tied its seven-day record for the most consecutive days at or below 20 degrees that was set exactly 100 years ago. And more than 1,600 daily records for cold were tied or broken in the last week of December, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Artic's frigid weather escaped its regular atmospheric cage that keeps the worst cold at the poles. It has been happening more recently where the cold air escapes and the air heads south.

At least a dozen cold-related deaths have been reported. The young, elderly and homeless are often most affected by harsh temperatures. In both D.C. and New York City, two cities with some of the highest rates of homelessness according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, are providing guaranteed shelter for the homeless and activated Emergency Plans.

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