Numerous problems accompany cold snap

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Temperatures are back to what is basically normal for this time of year, but a week ago, Isle of Wight and Surry county residents were bracing for what was being called a ‘bomb cyclone.'

In this case, the ‘bomb cyclone’ — a new term for most people — was a unique set of circumstances that came with a rapidly falling atmospheric pressure that, coupled with the earth’s rotation, caused a cyclone effect — sort of a ramped up Northeaster meets the dead of winter with a blast of arctic air on top.

Hampton Roads was also under a blizzard warning — an unusual event in this area.

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