A rapidly intensifying winter storm known as a “bomb cyclone” is predicted to pummel the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States on Thursday, bringing large amounts of snow, ice and lashing winds.

Blizzard warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for areas of Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, coastal New Jersey, Long Island, N.Y. and coastal New England, where at least a foot of snow is forecast. Areas farther north are projected to receive nearly two feet of snow.

“Snowfall will increase northward into portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England through Thursday. Blizzard conditions are possible close to the coast in portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast,” the NWS said in its advisory. “Confidence in heavy snowfall has increased for parts of the Northeast as the surface low is expected to track closer to the coast and intensify rapidly.”

Prior to moving up the Atlantic coast, the storm brought rare cold and snow to the Southeast, with Tallahassee, Fla., receiving snow for the first time in nearly 30 years. At least five inches of snow and ice fell in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. saw approximately 1.2 inches of snow.

The storm is to blame for the cancellation of thousand of flights at major airports, including Boston’s Logan International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Schedules have also been disrupted at regional airports.

Residents in affected areas are being urged by state and local officials to prepare for possible power losses and to remain at home to allow crews to clear roads and restore power, if needed.

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