See scope of ice, blizzard conditions as Christmas week bomb cyclone unleashes wild weather across US

Plane, train, boat or car, the Christmas week bomb cyclone hasn't spared any mode of transportation. Images and videos from across the US paint a messy picture of the wild winter weather taking place.

A blizzard morphed into a bomb cyclone this week, creating messy and deadly weather across the U.S. in the final countdown to Christmas.

At least 16 deaths have been attributed to the winter storm, and power outages surged above 1 million.

From coast to coast, millions are seeing ice, dangerous cold, flooding and snow this Christmas week. 

Coastal flooding closes roads 

Coastal flooding was a significant threat along much of the Northeast and New England coasts.

Widespread moderate flooding was reported Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

At high tide, flooding overtook coastal towns in Maine and Connecticut, where the bomb cyclone prompted High Wind, Coastal Flood and Flash Flood warnings.

Video from Wells and Ogunquit, Maine, showed huge waves lapping onto coastal roads. Residents were asked to avoid driving on ocean-front roadways.

Numerous roads were closed in New England due to strong winds and possible infrastructure damage. 

The FOX Forecast Center warned of nearly 3 feet of storm surge in places like Portland, Maine.


Meanwhile, in the Great Lakes, massive waves between 14 and 18 feet high are forecast for Hamburg, New York, where some evacuation orders are in place for a coastal neighborhood.

"All my clothing is just a sheet of ice," FOX Weather correspondent Max Gorden said with waves crashing around him from Lake Erie in Hamburg.

In addition to flooding, the bomb cyclone was creating whiteout conditions in Buffalo, New York with zero-mile visibility.

The NWS in Buffalo shared a view from the parking lot where cars just a few feet away could not be seen through the blowing snow. 

Travel troubles

It doesn't matter if travelers are getting to their destinations by plane, train, boat or car; this storm hasn't spared any mode of transportation. 

The winter storm has been blamed for at least 16 deaths across the country.

Most of the fatalities were linked to crashes caused by dangerous road conditions. A man in North Texas died due to exposure to sub-freezing temperatures, according to FOX 4 Dallas. 

Airlines have proactively canceled flights with nearly 3,700 cancelations nationwide, with the most impacts in places like Seattle, New York, Chicago, Denver and Atlanta.


Flooding created havoc for the New Jersey Transit System on Friday, covering the tracks in Hoboken.

New Jersey Department of Transportation officials placed restrictions on multiple interstate highways beginning Friday due to a possible flash freeze. 

Staten Island Ferry service was temporarily suspended Friday due to high winds and tides. 

In the mid-South, wind chills dropped below zero with some areas forecast to drop to 25 below. Snow squalls in Tennessee have created low visibility on roads. 

At least four people were killed after a massive pile-up in Ohio, along eastbound Interstate 80 between Route 53 and State Route 4 in Sandusky County. At least 46 cars were involved.

Snow and low visibility closed several highways in Kentucky on Friday, including parts of Interstate 71. Several crashes were reported on Interstate 64, where slick conditions were creating hazardous driving.

Bitter cold, blowing snow and sea smoke

For the Midwest, snow, wind, ice and dangerously cold temperatures are causing crashes and ruining any last-minute shopping plans in places like Chicago and Minneapolis.

FOX Weather correspondent Robert Ray was in Chicago, where Arctic sea smoke was rising from Lake Michigan creating an eerie landscape in Chicagoland. 


Up and down the central U.S., more than 200 million people are under Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings. More than half of the U.S. has snow on the ground.

The South has not been spared from the cold and wind.

Morning low temperatures on Christmas Eve morning were in the single digits as far south as Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee, according to the FOX Forecast Center, while temperatures remained just above freezing from Texas to Georgia.

Nashville fell to 1 below zero on Friday, the first time Music City dropped below zero since 1996, according to the National Weather Service Nashville.

Thousands across Tennessee experienced rolling blackouts on Christmas Eve as the power grid struggled to keep up with the demand for heat amid dangerously cold temperatures.


Ice and cold continue

The winter storm kicked off in the West earlier this week before it began spreading a blizzard-weather bingo across the Midwest and northern Plains. 

Temperatures plummeted by nearly 40 degrees within an hour in Denver on Wednesday, and the life-threatening chill remains in place across many areas in the West.

According to the NWS in Denver, the Mile High City marked its second-coldest day on record Thursday with a low of negative 15 degrees. 

On Friday, Denver finally climbed above zero degrees after more than 40 hours with sub-zero temperatures. 

A significant ice storm is shutting down multiple modes of transportation in the Pacific Northwest on Friday.

About a quarter-inch of ice built up in Seattle on Friday, creating dangerously slick conditions. 

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reopened a runway Friday after allowing time to de-ice.