A massive winter storm is bearing down on the Northeastern U.S., predicted to bring heavy snow, high winds, coastal flooding and blizzard conditions in New England this week.

The storm is expected to undergo bombogenesis off the Eastern Seaboard into Thursday. According to Weather.com, bombogenesis refers to a rapidly intensifying area of low pressure.

To be classified as a weather bomb, the central pressure of a low pressure system must drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours, Weather.com meteorologists said.

Winter storm warnings have been issued to the west of the blizzard warnings, along most of the Interstate 95 corridor from Maine to Delaware, and including New York City and Philadelphia.

The worst winter storm of the season so far has brought record snowfall and caused widespread power outages in the Southeast, and forced the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights.

The National Weather Service said as much as 6 to 8 inches of snow could fall Thursday in New York, while a blizzard warning has been issued for Boston, which could see 13 inches of snow. Public schools in Boston and New York have been closed for Thursday.

Media reports said Staten Island and Queens could face a flood threat between 9 a.m. and noon Thursday as the storm will push tides as much as 12 to 18 inches higher than normal.

According to meteorologists at Weather.com, snow is expected to spread northward through the mid-Atlantic by late Wednesday night, and into at least southern New England and the New York City Tri-State area during the early morning hours of Thursday. Additionally, the intensifying low will move from off the mid-Atlantic seaboard to Cape Cod by midday, then into Nova Scotia Thursday night.

At airports, flights were canceled from Florida to New York and Boston.

American Airlines (AAL) has grounded all departures from Boston's Logan Airport on Thursday, along with all flights by its regional partners at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) canceled more than 400 flights Wednesday night and Thursday, as did JetBlue Airways (JBLU) . United Continental (UAL) canceled flights in Newark, N.J. and Boston. Southwest Airlines (LUV)  reportedly canceled 30 flights Wednesday night and more than 250 for Thursday.

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