Ever heard of a “bomb cyclone”? Or “bombogenesis”? Well, get acquainted, especially if you live in the Northeast. The term refers to a blast of snow and frost that is forecasted to begin tonight. Parts of the region are expected to get six to 12 inches of snow, powerful hurricane-force winds, and below-zero temperatures. (It’s not only the Northeast, either: The freakish frost has also hit places in Florida and Georgia.) Still, those in the Northeast will be expecting the worst of it. The best thing to do? Probably stay inside cocooned in a down comforter.
If you have to venture outside, there are some smart, even scientifically backed, stay-warm tips to note. Dr. Heidi Cullen, the chief scientist for the news site Climate Central, stresses the importance of layers. The first focus should be on a warm base layer—and choosing the right fabric isn’t always obvious. “Some folks might be surprised to know that silk is a great base layer,” says Cullen. “Overall, the best base layers are made of either polyester, polypropylene, merino wool, silk—any material that wicks away moisture and dries quickly.” Next, Cullen says to opt for a second, mid layer, typically made out of cashmere or wool, and then an insulating layer. (“Down is great for insulation,” she says.) As for the last step, according to Cullen, “Finally, you need an outer layer that protects against moisture, blocks the wind, but also lets moisture escape,” adding. “This is where the Gore-Tex comes in handy.”
Want to put this formula into action? Try a pair of REI silk underwear to retain heat from head to toe. Next, add a down-filled Ienki Ienki puffer for some snug insulation. There’s a Supreme sled in the mix, which is mostly just for fun, although, in a pinch might double as a shield against the 45 to 60 mph winds. Here are three outfit ideas that take the edge off this cold snap.
Aether W hooded cashmere sweater, $395, aetherapparel.com; Le Kasha cashmere balaclava hat, $227, farfetch.com; Perfect Moment Isola Racing ski pants, $600, net-a-porter.com; Ienki Ienki Michelin puffer jacket, $1,653, farfetch.com; Supreme sled, $58, supremenewyork.com; Hunter Original exploded-logo snow boots, $265, hunterboots.com
Vetements double-layered reworked mink fur coat, $14,600, matchesfashion.com; L.L. Bean Green Mountain snowshoes, $329, llbean.com; Saint Laurent suede cargo pants, $2,990, ysl.com; Dsquared2 snow boots, $700, farfetch.com; Cabela’s premium northern coyote fur, $200, cabelas.com; Liska Trooper hat, $478, farfetch.com
Nemen fishtail parka, $1,196, nemen.it; Arc’Teryx Rho LT zip neck, $125, arcteryx.com; REI Co-op silk long underwear bottoms, $45, rei.com; Gore-Tex Hot Fingers vintage ski gloves, $20, bonanza.com; Bombas performance ski and snowboard socks, $24, bombas.com; Pit Viper Crush polarized sunglasses, $89, pitvipersunglasses.com; Salomon S-Lab Snowcross high-top sneakers, $265, ssense.com