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See the 'Bomb Cyclone' Hit US East Coast in These NASA and NOAA Gifs

An intense "bomb cyclone" is battering the U.S. East Coast today (Jan. 4), with high winds and intense snowfall forecast for the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states. "The storm will produce heavy snow along the Mid-Atlantic Coast into Southern New England by Thursday morning that will move northward into the Northeast by Thursday afternoon, while ending over the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Thursday evening," the National Weather Service wrote in an alert. [Bombogenesis: What's a 'Bomb Cyclone'?]

NOAA and NASA satellites are tracking the major snowstorm from space. See their latest views below.

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Tariq Malik
Tariq Malik

Tariq is the editor-in-chief of Live Science's sister site Space.com. He joined the team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, focusing on human spaceflight, exploration and space science. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times, covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.