Winter Storm Stella hammers the Northeast: 2 feet of snow reported, blizzard warnings for 9 states

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Winter Storm Stella is hammering the Northeast with heavy snow, intensifying winds, even some accumulating ice, which will lead to major travel disruption.

Blizzard warnings continue for parts of nine states in the Northeast, from Pennsylvania to Maine.

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Men plow snow in Times Square during a snowstorm in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. But after daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation for the city of New York, saying that the storm had moved across the coast. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Ice covers cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial after a snow and ice storm hit the nation's capital on March 14, 2017 in Washington City. The east coast of the U.S. is currently being pounded by a late season winter storm. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WORCESTER, MA - MARCH 14: Parked cars line a snowy street in Worcester, MA as a winter storm arrives in the region on Mar. 14, 2017. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: A man holds an umbrella as he walks past the steps of Federal Hall in the snow and wintry mix, March 14, 2017 in New York City. The blizzard warning for New York City has been cancelled and the National Weather Service is now predicting 4 to 8 inches for the city. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Cars make their way up a snow covered Interstate 95 near Greenwich, Connecticut March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped snow and sleet Tuesday across the northeastern United States where thousands of flights were canceled and schools closed, but appeared less severe than initially forecast. After daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation, saying that the storm had moved across the coast. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker clears snow in Times Square as snow falls in Manhattan, New York, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: People walk their dogs in the sleet and snow on March 14, 2017 in New York City. New York City and New Jersey are under a state of emergency as a blizzard is expected to bring over one foot of snow and high winds to the area. Schools, flights, businesses and public transportation are closed or restricted throughout the area. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Men plow snow at the Times Square during a snowstorm in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: A man shovels snow in the sleet and snow on March 14, 2017 in New York City. New York City and New Jersey are under a state of emergency as a blizzard is expected to bring over one foot of snow and high winds to the area. Schools, flights, businesses and public transportation are closed or restricted throughout the area. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Workers clear steps in Times Square as snow falls in Manhattan, New York, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A woman cleans snow from her store front during a snowstorm in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: A man holds an umbrella as he walks through the street in the early morning hours in the Financial District, March 14, 2017 in New York City. Officials in New York and New York City have declared a state of emergency in preparation for Tuesday's blizzard conditions. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Times Square Public Safety Sergeant Baldwin Davis captures falling snow with his cellular device in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 13: People walk along a snow-covered lakefront near downtown on March 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. After making it through January and February without any snow, about two inches of snow fell on the city this morning and another three to five inches are expected tonight. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Bryant Park is covered in ice on March 13, 2017 as the weather continues to be below freezing. The northeastern United States braced Monday for what meteorologists predict could be the worst winter storm of the season, with blizzards feared to dump knee-high snow on New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker clears snow in Times Square during a snow storm in Manhattan, New York, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A snow plow drives through Times Square as snow falls in Manhattan, New York, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Cars are covered in snow in a general parking lot during the snowstorm at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 13, 2017. Some Chicagoland areas received up to 5 inches of snow, and more than 400 flights were cancelled at O'Hare. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
Snow chains to be used on a New York City Department of Sanitation garbage truck is fitted with a snow plow in the west side depot March 13, 2017 to be used over the next two days as the city braces for a nor'easter that could dump as much as two feet of snow on the city. The National Weather Service issued a 24-hour blizzard warning from midnight Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday) for New York, America's financial capital and largest city, stretching north into Connecticut and south into New Jersey. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A New York City Department of Sanitation plow moves sand around in the west side depot March 13, 2017 to be used over the next two days as the city braces for a nor'easter that could dump as much as two feet of snow on the city. The National Weather Service issued a 24-hour blizzard warning from midnight Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday) for New York, America's financial capital and largest city, stretching north into Connecticut and south into New Jersey. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The skyline of New York appears in the distance as people walk past the waterfront March 14, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
REVERE, MA - MARCH 14: A downed tree on top of a car on Chamberlain Ave as Winter Storm Stella bears down on March 14, 2017 in Revere, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Locks are covered in ice on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. But after daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation for the city of New York, saying that the storm had moved across the coast. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man clears a sidewalk of snow in Brooklyn, New York, on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. But after daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation for the city of New York, saying that the storm had moved across the coast. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Men try to push a cab stuck in the snow on a street in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Cross country skiers enjoy a stroll in Central Park in New York city on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
A public transportation bus is stuck unable to move up the hill in downtown Boston March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. After daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation, saying that the storm had moved across the coast. / AFP PHOTO / Ryan McBride (Photo credit should read RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images)
Times Square is seen in the background as a man walks along West 59th street in falling snow in Manhattan, New York, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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This major nor'easter is taking shape as a strong area of low pressure off the East Coast is undergoing bombogenesis as it moves northeast along the coast, meaning there is a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure, indicating strengthening.

(MORE: What is Bombogenesis?)

With the low tracking closer to the Northeast coast, however, the heaviest snow swath has shifted inland of the Interstate 95 corridor, while areas near the corridor and closer to the coast may see freezing rain, sleet, even rain for a period of time, cutting down on accumulations where that occurs.

Happening Now

Already up to two feet of snow has piled up in parts of the Northeast, including Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania (24 inches), Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania (24 inches), and Endwell, New York (23 inches).

Strong winds in combination with the weight of the snow have downed tree branches in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New York.

Intense snowfall rates have also been observed with 4.5 inches in one hour reported in Highland Lakes, New Jersey, and 6 inches in 90 minutes in New Milford, Pennsylvania.

(INTERACTIVE: See Where the Snow is Now)

Binghamton, New York, picked up almost a foot of snow in just 4 hours early Tuesday.

Snow fell at the rate of 2 inches per hour in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, early Tuesday, and 1 inch per hour at both New York's JFK and LaGuardia Airports.

The New York City metro is now seeing a wintry mix (snow/sleet) which was even accompanied by thunder for a period of time Tuesday morning.

So far, 3.9 inches of snow has been measured at Philadelphia International Airport as of 8 a.m. EDT.

To the south, warm air aloft lead to freezing rain in parts of the mid-Atlantic states, including parts of the Washington D.C. metro early Tuesday.

Up to an estimated one-quarter inch of ice accumulation was measured at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Branches were downed in Chesilhurst, New Jersey, due to 0.4 inch ice accumulation plus winds.



Stella's Northeast Timing

Tuesday

  • A large swath of the Northeast will see snowfall, heavy at times, from Stella during the daytime hours.
  • Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are possible near and northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor.
  • Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions are possible not just in coastal areas, but also in parts of eastern Pennsylvania, eastern New York state, Connecticut and western Massachusetts.
  • Road and airport travel are likely to be snarled across the region. Some roads may become impassable.
  • Strong winds (gusts over 40 or 50 mph) and the weight of the snow could cause some tree damage and power outages.

(MORE: Timing the Heaviest Snow)

Tuesday Night - Wednesday

  • Snow, heavy at times, will continue throughout much of New England Tuesday night.
  • Farther south, snow will become lighter overall, but gusty winds will continue and contribute to blowing snow.
  • On Wednesday, lighter snowfall and gusty winds will continue across the Northeast region, but the worst of the storm will be over.
  • However, lake-enhanced snowfall will continue in much of upstate New York, adding another several inches of snowfall on top of Tuesday's snowpack.
  • Cold temperatures will continue through Thursday after Stella departs, making for icy conditions on untreated roads and other surfaces.

(MORE: Bombogenesis: Could Winter Storm Stella Become a Weather 'Bomb'?

How Much More Snow to Expect in the Northeast?

  • A foot or more of additional snow is expected from parts of northern Pennsylvania and far northern New Jersey to central and Upstate New York, western and northern New England. Some locations will likely pick up over 2 feet of snow.
  • Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are possible during the height of the storm in the most intense bands.
  • There will be a very tight gradient in overall snow totals right along Interstate 95 from south of Boston to Maryland.
  • Areas closer to the coast may see very little additional snowfall.
  • Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions, with wind gusts to 50 mph, may occur through Tuesday in the blizzard warning area.
  • Poor travel conditions will also exist in other parts of the Northeast due to gusty winds causing blowing snow and low visibility.
  • Wind gusts over 50 mph are possible from the Jersey Shore early Thursday to Long Island and coastal New England as Tuesday wears on.
  • These areas are where wind damage (power outages, trees downed) are most possible. The combination of heavy snow, some ice accumulation, and strong winds may also trigger outages and tree damage in other parts of the Northeast.

New York City has seen 36 winter storms since 1869 that have produced a foot or more of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Just four of those storms have occurred in March, with the last to do so March 3-4, 1960.

(MORE: March Can Have Heavy Snowstorms)

Coastal Flooding Possible

Coastal flooding may also become a problem from the Delmarva peninsula and Jersey Shore to Long Island, Cape Cod and the islands Tuesday and Tuesday night as strong, potentially damaging winds from the south and east push water ashore in those areas. Tides on Tuesday may run 2 to 3 feet above average and coastal erosion is likely.

Wave heights on the ocean waters off the coast are forecast to range from 12 to 18 feet, with breaking waves of 6 to 9 feet at the shore, especially along the Atlantic-facing Delaware and Jersey beaches.

In addition, widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads may lead to numerous road closures in coastal areas.

(LATEST NEWS: Winter Storm Stella Impacts New York City)

Stella's Midwest Chapter

Stella impacted the Midwest with light to moderate snowfall accumulations across a large part of that region Sunday into Monday.

Areas of lake-enhanced or lake-effect snow continued Tuesday morning in Cleveland, and in parts of the Chicagoland metro. O'Hare Airport reported 7.1 inches of total snowfall on the ground, as of 7 a.m. CDT Tuesday.

(MORE: Chicago's No Snow Cover Streak Ends)

Below is a recap showing some of the top snow totals from Stella in each state for the Midwest, as of late Monday morning.

Illinois: 5.8 inches in Colona, 5.2 inches near Moline
Indiana: 3 inches in Cedar Lake
Iowa: 13 inches in Ringsted, 8.8 inches in Waterloo
Michigan: 8 inches in Oscoda
Minnesota: 13 inches near Gary New Duluth, 6.5 inches in Rochester, 3.7 inches at Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l Airport
North Dakota: 4 inches in New Town and Williston
South Dakota: 10 inches near Watertown, 9 inches in Aberdeen
Wisconsin: 15.6 inches in Newburg, 14.3 inches near Jackson

(MORE: 5 Extreme Winter Storms in Spring)

Stella's First Phase Recap: Snow Dusts the South

Parts of the South saw snow from Stella's first phase Saturday into Sunday.

Up to 5 inches of snow was reported near Cave City, Arkansas, and 4 inches was measured in Paris, Tennessee.

Sunday morning, parts of north Georgia, North Carolina and northern South Carolina saw snow from Stella. Most of the accumulations were on grassy and elevated surfaces.

Snow was even observed as far south as Columbia, South Carolina, Sunday morning. The National Weather Service said this was just the 17th time it has snowed there in March, dating to 1888.

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