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Those record-low New Year’s Eve temperatures may have seemed like the worst winter could throw at us, but it looks like mother nature has something even more terrifying up her sleeve: a “bomb cyclone.” Yeah, that name isn’t exactly comforting. Bombs and cyclones are two things that we mostly like to avoid. So what’s up with this storm named after two terrifying things?

Well, first things first, the storm’s name is Grayson, so that already makes it less intimidating. A bomb cyclone isn’t actually as bad as it sounds either. It refers to a phenomenon where a cyclone — a low-pressure rotating storm system — rapidly drops in atmospheric pressure. That process is called “bombogenesis.” Wild, we know.

This weather system started down in Florida (where it snowed for the first time in 29 years) and is working it’s way up the east coast, bringing with it hurricane-force winds, storm surge, heavy snowfall and even colder temperatures. Grayson is set to hit 15 eastern states and then get to Nova Scotia Thursday night before it effects most of the Maritimes. The storm isn’t as bad as the name would have you believe, but it’s still a good idea to get adequately prepped and stay indoors and off the roads if possible (but if you’re Canadian, you knew that already).

People are sharing incredible photos and videos showing the storm’s snowfall and nasty tendency to leave things covered in a thick sheet of ice. Friendly reminder: using washer fluid on your windshield just makes more ice. These Floridians are so cute.

So how we feeling, Atlantic Canada?

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