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East Coast braces for "winter hurricane"

A massive winter storm is set to batter the East Coast. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Massive Winter Storm Grayson, which the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang describes as a "bomb cyclone" — when a weather system rapidly drops in pressure and quickly intensifies — is set to batter the East Coast, Georgia to Maine, beginning Wednesday.

The storm will act similar to a "winter hurricane," with an eye-like feature bringing freezing rain, sleet and ice to the coast. The Weather Channel says minor coastal flooding is possible, and power outages are expected.